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My girlfriend is fond of sending me WMA files from her PC. Yes she is still in the stone age as she doesn't yet have a Mac -- soon. So I was stuck playing those pesky WMA files in QuickTime, and since I haven't purchased the Pro version, I could not convert the WMA files by using the Save As option. I wanted to find a way to do it for free.

To solve this problem, I went searching and found a solution. Perhaps the easiest way to covert those WMA files to something useful is the free Switch Converter. I did and it works very well; hope this helps others!

[robg adds: I tested this, and it works as described. The basic version is free; a "plus" version offers more encoding options.]
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Convert WMA files to other formats with a free app
Authored by: luomat on Nov 16, '06 08:28:21AM

I suspect others, like me, might have trouble finding the free version:

Download the Mac free version

Also note that this is audio only, for video conversion you still need Flip4mac's $30 version to export to other formats



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Convert WMA files to other formats with a free app
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Nov 16, '06 02:24:10PM

I use the free version of Flip4Mac. I do have QT Pro however... I just do an export from QuickTime player, so you don't need the paid version of Flip.

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Convert WMA files to other formats with a free app
Authored by: IanWalker on Nov 16, '06 08:46:01AM
I've found that <a href="http://www.isquint.org/">iSquint</a>; works fine. You don't have a lot of control, but it gets the job done.

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Convert WMA files to other formats with a free app
Authored by: kuginomura on Nov 16, '06 11:35:36AM

yeah, isquint is more than enough to do this conversion...



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Convert WMA files to other formats with a free app
Authored by: syko on Nov 16, '06 11:50:51AM

It doesn't move the ID3 tags over.



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Convert WMA files to other formats with a free app
Authored by: boxcarl on Nov 16, '06 02:15:28PM

Search the site. This can also be done in VLC and Mplayer.



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NCH apps
Authored by: victory on Nov 16, '06 08:15:18PM

Just a quick note about the makers of this app -- NCH also produces a number of other voice/audio related apps for OSX. I mention this because they offer (for free one of the few (if not the only) transcription player apps for OSX.

Just a FYI. (I have no connection with the company, blah, blah, blah...)



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Convert WMA files to other formats with a free app
Authored by: Antoniola on Nov 20, '06 08:48:36AM

Yeah...exporting a WMV using Flip4Mac and QT Pro works well, but I think it leaves a watermark on the finished video. Says something like, "made with Flip4Mac". It's pretty cheap for a license from Telestream...I think only $29.
I'd love to get their new "Episode" compression software. It's an upgraded package from the Swedish company Popwire, whom Telestream acquired recently.



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Convert WMA files to other formats with a free app
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Nov 20, '06 09:43:13AM

No, it doesn't leave a watermark on the video. I do it all the time.

I'd rather pay the $29 for QT Pro...

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Convert WMA files to other formats with a free app
Authored by: lstewart on Nov 27, '06 03:32:55PM

I had Quicktime Pro and the free version of flip4mac, and I *did* get the watermark when exporting until I ponied up the $29 for flip4mac. I'm not sure what magic is happening on your machine, but if you can figure out how it's working for free, then I'm sure a lot of people would like to know. :-)



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Easier more permanent solution
Authored by: cynikal on Nov 21, '06 11:07:43AM

you could also resolve this pesky issue by placing a personal ad in the newspaper seeking a new girlfriend who has a mac (and/or just doesn't send lame format media). let's face it.. in a few years you probably your mac will still be there, who knows about the g/f ;-)



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Convert WMA files to other formats with a free app
Authored by: krustythebaker on Feb 02, '10 01:31:16AM

Hi there, the way around this is indeed to use Switch Converter from NCH. It is a cracking piece of software, and worth an investment. It can be obtained from http://www.nch.com.au/switch/plus.html

There is currently (Feb 2nd 2010) a slight bug with Switch, whereby the latest version of Flip4Mac (2.3) causes it to crash, and so it looks like it won't convert .wma files, although other file types are not affected. But, fret not, the solution to this is to use an older version of Flip4Mac. You can obtain Flip4Mac 2.2.3.7 at http://addictdownload.com/flip4mac-wmv-player-2-2-3-7/

Make sure you completely uninstall your existing Flip4Mac before replacing, using the uninstaller that comes with various versions of Flip4Mac - you may want to look for it in your applications\Flip4Mac folder, and run the uninstaller app there. This will not remove any license numbers you've paid for, merely the application itself. Then install Flip4Mac 2.2.3.7.

You will need both Switch and Flip to do the job, but they will, when properly put together, work in harmony to do lots of quick converting for you. And this should be quicker than working on iTunes in a windows environment - besides, why go there, isn't avoiding that the point of having a Mac?



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Convert WMA files to other formats with a free app
Authored by: digital-nd on May 15, '10 03:55:45PM

Hi all,

It's nice to learn about the Flip4Mac bug since Switch is such a useful little program...

...but if you don't feel like going to the trouble of downgrading Flip4Mac, try this:

In QuickTime Player version 10 (Snow Leopard) open a .wma file (you need Flip4Mac to play .wma files in QuickTime) then choose File, Save As, and select Movie. It will convert the audio to an .mov file (encoding stays the same), it takes about 45 seconds per song.

The cool part is that If you drag that .mov file into iTunes it understands the file is 'audio-only' and puts it in the Music section in the source list ('../Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music' folder). Using Switch to convert the converted .mov file to .mp3 still crashes because the encoding is still Windows Media Audio.

Enjoy,

John



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