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How to Convert WMA to MP3 in Windows Media Player

by Christine Smith • Sep 26,2019 • Proven solutions

WMA audio format has become popular over the years, but despite the popularity, it is still unsupported by several popular players. This necessitates the need to convert WMA to MP3 format, a more portable audio format. If you're a Windows user, you must have heard of the default Windows Media Player functions as WMA to MP3 converter, but it doesn't apply to the latest WMP version any more unless with a third-party tool. Don't worry, the article will offer you 2 alternatives to convert WMA to MP3 Windows Media Player.

Part 1. How to Convert WMA to MP3 in Windows Media Player

In the following, I am going to take you through every step on how to change WMA file to MP3 in Windows Media Player with the help of Switch.

Step 1. First of all, you need to get WMA file from CD to your computer. Insert CD and open it with Windows Media Player, click on Tools > Options and select Rip Music tab. Then specify the location you want ot rip music to and choose MP3 as the Format. After that hit OK to proceed.

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Step 2. As mentioned before, to turn WMA file to MP3, you need a third-party tool. Here we recommend Switch, a popular sound converter for Windows and Mac that allowing you to successfully help Windows Media Player convert to MP3. Install it on your PC and launch it afterwards.

Install the 3rd party audio converter Switch

Step 3. Click on Add folder on the main interface of Switch and select the folder where you had your ripped music saved in .wma. Generally, the default location is in the local My Music folder.

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Step 4. Click on the drop-down beside Output Format and select MP3 as the destination format.

select mp3 as the destination format

Step 5. Now select all the files that you want to convert to MP3 from the list of Switch's user interface. Hit the Convert button to start changing WMA file to MP3.

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Part 2. Best WMP Alternative to Convert WMA to MP3 with Ease

It doesn't take a genius to find the complexity of converting WMA to WAV, MP3, and other file formats in Windows Media Player, as it's media player rather than a converting tool: the whole process is cumbersome and time-consuming. Therefore, a powerful and professional MP3 converter is quite necessary, we strongly recommend Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) here. It comes built with a tone of features including support for 1000+ audio/video formats, batch conversion, video editor and more. As a plus, Wondershare also allows you to convert files stored online and post the converted files to your favorite social media websites like YouTube and Facebook.

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Simple Tutorial on How to Convert WMA to MP3 Using Wondershare UniConverter:

Follow the steps below to learn how to quickly transform audio files to MP3 file format.

Step 1 Add WMA to Wondershare WMA to MP3 Converter

Download Wondershare audio converter on your PC and open it after intallation, then click add files from the main interface to import the WMA files you want to convert to .mp3 file format.

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Step 2 Select MP3 as The Target Format

Click Inverted triangle icon beside Convert all files to: to get the full list of media formats, go to Audio > MP3 and select your desired audio quality in the right. This would help you to batch selecting MP3 as the target format for all the loaded WMA files.

change audio to mp3 file format

Step 3 Start Converting to MP3

Go to Output in the bottom-left to customize the desination folder for the output files, then click Convert or Convert All to initiate the batch conversion right away.

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Step 4 Get The Converted MP3 Files

Once the WMA to MP3 conversion completes, you can switch to the Converted tab to get the converted .mp3 files.

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Although it's possible to make Windows Media Player convert WMA format to MP3 format, it's not recommended as it's not built for converting. On the contrary, Wondershare UniConverter is specially designed for one-stop converting solution while still retaining the simplicity that anyone can use, come to download it for a free trial.

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