If you use a Mac, there’s a good chance that you probably won’t ever come across a WMA file, but for those who are familiar with the Windows system and Windows Media Player, the WMA file is pretty common. This file format used to be more popular, but these days, it’s no longer a convenient way to store your audio files.
An MP3 file is typically more versatile for most audio tracks, and as long as you know what to do, you’ll save yourself a lot of time.
Step 1: Go to Cloud Convert
The quickest and easiest way to convert a WMA file to an MP3 file is to use an online converter. There are several great ones out there, but our favorite for this particular task is Cloud Convert. Get your WMA files ready and then head to its homepage.
Step 2: Upload your files
To send your files to Cloud Convert to get the conversion process started, select Select File. Alternatively, select the down arrow next to that button for a greater array of options. Using the drop-down menu, choose whether you want to add files from your computer, send them from your cloud storage service, or just link them from a URL.
Depending on your choice, you’ll be asked to select the files in question from its respective location. Follow along with the on-screen instructions.
Step 3: Choose your file format options
Now that you’ve uploaded the file you want to convert, you need to select the format you want to output to. In our case, that’s MP3. Look for the drop down menu arrow icon next to the phrase Convert to. From the menu that appears, select MP3.
For more advanced options, you can also select the wrench icon. It lets you adjust the bitrate of your output file, the start and endpoint of your conversion, and a few other options.
Step 4: Convert and download
When you feel you’ve set all the options correctly, select the big red Convert button. You’ll see the screen update with a timescale and loading bar for your conversion.
Once the conversion is finished, a green Download button will appear. Select it to begin your download.
Alternative method: MediaHuman (Windows/MacOS)
If you’ve got a lot of files to convert, it might be easier to download a conversion program rather than using a website like Cloud Convert. MediaHuman’s free converter can convert all your WMAs into MP3s with ease.
The software is extremely easy to use, even if you’re not a tech wizard. Simply navigate to the MediaHuman site, download the program for your operating system, and install it on your system. Once open, you can either drag and drop files from your computer into the program, or click the big “+” button in the upper left corner and select the appropriate files.
Once you’ve selected the files you’d like to convert, select the Format button. Then select MP3 from the drop-down list of codecs. Then select Close. Then click the Start conversion button, located at the top of the window; it looks kind of like the universal recycling sign. In a matter of seconds (or minutes, depending on the number of files you’ve selected and their size), your conversion will be complete.
To access the converted files on your system, select the select the magnifying glass icon on the right side of the app window. This will automatically open the destination folder (possibly labeled as Converted by MediaHuman) where your completed files — in this case, MP3s — are stored. From there, you can add the files to the library of your favorite media player or upload them directly to an external device.
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