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 CloudConvert
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 CloudConvert. Get your WMA files ready, and then head to its homepage.
Step 2: Upload your files
To send your files to CloudConvert and get the conversion process started, click on Select File. Alternatively, select the Down Arrow icon next to that button for a greater array of uploading options. Using the resulting pop-up 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. Select the Drop-Down Menu Arrow icon, which is 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 preview of your track may auto-play to allow you to hear the newly converted track before you decide to download it. If you like what you hear in the preview, select the green Download button 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 CloudConvert. MediaHuman’s free converter can convert all your WMAs into MP3s with ease.
Before we begin, you’ll need to download the converter from MediaHuman’s website. The software installation is very straightforward, you’ll just need to follow the prompts. After the installation is complete, you can easily drag and drop your projects from the appropriate folder and into the software. Alternatively, you can manually add files to your project by clicking the Plus Sign.
Click the Format button to select your desired output format, which in this case, is MP3. You should then see a button that looks like a universal recycling sign at the top of the screen. Click that to begin the conversion process. The amount of time for the conversion can vary, but it should only take a few minutes. Just be aware that converting multiple files or large files can lead to longer conversion times.
When the conversion is complete, your files will be ready for use. You can access them by selecting the Magnifying Glass icon on the right. This icon opens the project’s destination folder. You can choose to upload files directly to an external drive or add them to your best media player library.