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How To Convert WMA Files To MP3

Convert WMA (Windows Media Audio) files to MP3. Safely, easily and for free.

If you used the old Windows Media Player (Legacy) to rip your music CDs, then there’s a good chance that they were saved in the WMA format. The problem is that WMA isn’t really supported across different devices.

MP3, on the other hand, is the most widely used audio format in the world. Most modern media devices will play MP3s.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to use VLC to convert WMA files to MP3.

Download And Install VLC Media Player.

Unfortunately Windows doesn’t have a built in tool to convert WMA files to MP3. Windows Media Player can’t do it. You could just rip your audio CDs again, but this time change the settings in WMP so that it rips as MP3, but that could be a whole lot of work.

Instead you can use VLC Media Player to do the job for you. VLC is both free and open source, so it’s completely safe to use.

You can download VLC from here https://www.videolan.org/vlc/

  1. On the VLC download page, click the Download button.
  2. Wait for the download to start. There will be a slight pause of around 5 seconds before anything happens. Don’t be tempted into clicking on any of the other download buttons.
  3. Once VLC has finished downloading, run the setup.


VLC download page.
Click the Download button.


Waiting for download to begin.
Wait for the download to begin.


Running the VLC setup file.
Run the setup file.

Installing VLC Media Player.

Installing VLC is a pretty much standard affair, just keep clicking Next and accept the default settings.

There isn’t anything sneaky about the installation, it won’t foist unwanted software on you and you want be committing yourself to giving up your private data.

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How To Convert WMA To MP3.

Launch VLC media player. To convert your WMA files to MP3, you’ll need to load them into VLC.

Click the Media button in the top left corner.

On the menu that opens, click on Convert/Save. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut CTLR + R.

Convert Save button highlighted.
Click Media and then Convert/Save.

Add The WMA Files To Be Converted.

This is where you can tell VLC which WMA files you want to convert to MP3.

  1. Click the Add button.
  2. A standard File Explorer window will open. Navigate to where your WMA music files are stored. For example, in the Music folder.
  3. Select all the WMA music files that you want to convert into MP3 and then click the Open button.
  4. The selected files will be loaded into VLC. Click the Convert/Save button.


Add button indicated.
Click the Add button.


Navigating to WMA files to convert.
Find your WMA music files.


WMA files selected for conversion to MP3.
Select all WMA files.


Convert button marked.
Click the Convert/Save button.

Add More WMA Files.

If you wanted to add more WMA files to the conversion list you can. Just click the Add button again, navigate to and select the files.

You can keep adding as many files as you want to, but keep in mind that the more files that you add, the longer the conversion will take.

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MP3 Conversion Settings In VLC.

Now that you’ve got the WMA files selected and loaded into VLC, you need to select which format they should be converted to. VLC can handle many different audio formats, but by far the most usable is MP3.

  1. On the VLC Convert screen, click the drop down arrowhead beside the Profile box.
  2. Scroll through the menu and select Audio-MP3.
  3. To begin converting your WMA files to MP3 format, click the Start button.


Conversion profile in VLC.
Click the Profile drop down arrowhead.


Audio MP3 selected from drop down menu.
Select Audio-MP3


Start converting WMA files to MP3 format.
Click the Start button.

As each WMA file is loaded for conversion, you’ll see it’s filename appear at the top of the window. When all the files have been converted, VLC media Player will appear.

Conversion running.
The conversion process has begun.
Conversion finished.
The conversion has finished.

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What To Do After Converting Your Files To MP3.

When VLC has finished converting your files into MP3s, open the folder where they’re stored and you’ll find that you now have two versions of file.

One will be the original WMA file and the other will be a newly created MP3 file.

You have 3 options –

  1. Leave everything as is – You can just leave the WMA & MP3 files together in the same folder. But for me, that’s just going to lead to confusion later on.
  2. Delete the WMA files – Deleting the WMA files out of the way would be an option, but then if something has gone wrong with the conversion, you’re kind of stuck.
  3. Move the WMA files to another folder – My preferred option. Moving the WMA files to a different folder means that you have a backup and at the same time, they’re out of the way.
Duplicated audio files highlighted.
VLC doesn’t delete your WMA files.

To Move Or Delete The WMA Files.

  1. Type “wma” into the folder search box.
  2. Press CTRL + A to select all the WMA files.
  3. Press Delete on you keyboard to delete all the selected files or press CTRL + X to cut the WMA files.
  4. Paste the files into another folder.


WMA is typed into file search box.
Search for WMA files.


CTRL and letter A indicated on keyboard.
Select them all.


CTRL and letter X indicated on keyboard.
Either Delete or Cut the files.


WMA files shown inside a separate folder.
Paste them into a different folder.


You could use one of the many online conversion tools to convert your old WMA files into MP3 format. But that brings with it even more potential problems.

With these, you upload your original file and then you download the converted file. The issue for me is that you don’t really know for certain what exactly it is that you’re downloading.

While many of these sites are all above aboard, many aren’t and simply can’t be trusted. It’s far better to keep your files on your own PC.

One final thought, if you really did want to use any form of online conversion, then at least do it using a virtual machine. How To Setup A Windows 11 Virtual Machine On VirtualBox.

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