Convert WMA to MP3 on a Mac for Free
On a Windows PC recently I ripped a CD only to find out that it was converted as WMA rather than MP3. In Windows this isn’t a big deal, you just open the files in iTunes as usual, but I wanted them on my Mac, easy right? Well for some reason Apple doesn’t allow Mac iTunes to convert WMA files to MP3 audio so I was a bit frustrated, to make matters worse a typical google search will net you a ton of ancient apps that like to crash a lot, or ones that try to charge you some-odd dollars to convert an audio file… forget that!
Thankfully I came across a great app that makes converting WMA files to MP3 in Mac OS X a snap, it’s a totally free program called All2MP3 and works like a charm. It’s not the fastest thing in the world because it has to convert the WMA to WAV to MP3, but it works nonetheless, for an entire album it took a little while so just let it sit in the background while you read your email or something. Once the conversion is done you can play your new MP3’s in iTunes in Mac OS X as usual. It’s worth mentioning that it’s not just WMA’s that can be converted to MP3, All2MP3 converts these filetypes as well: APE, MPC, FLAC, WV, OGG, WMA, AIFF, WAV
If you want to convert WMA files to MP3 in Mac OS X, try All2MP3 first. It’s drag and drop simple and no nonsense, you can download it FREE directly here:
Using a program like this is helpful when iTunes won’t play a song, it’s usually because the format is incompatible with iTunes or because the file is corrupted.
UPDATE: Some users report issues with All2MP3 either when a problem downloading all2mp3 or related software being dubious. An alternative option is to check out Audacity instead, Audacity can also perform WMA to mp3 conversions on a Mac or Windows PC.