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Converting WMA, WAV, and Midi files to MP3:
With all the sales of mp3 players (iPods, Shuffle, Nano) many people are finding that converting their personal CD collection into music files capable of being played on their new devices can be a bit daunting. It's easy to download songs from the Internet or from the iTunes website and transfer them to your mp3 player, but getting the songs from your favorite CD's is a little harder. It requires a few steps in most cases before you can listen to the songs on your Apple iPod. Also, if you want to take the iTunes songs and play them on your non-Apple mp3 player, they won't work. It seems that there are lots of music audio file types and not all are compatible with the various mp3 players on the market. Firstly, the iTunes files you buy legally online from the iTunes.com music store arrive on your computer in AAC or M4P audio formats which are "protected" music files. This means they can't be converted to mp3 so easily and then burned on a CD. You need to have the iTunes software on your computer in order to read these file formats and they will work just fine in your Apple mp3 player - whatever one that may be. There is a good website that will walk you through the process of converting iTunes to MP3 format. Check it out online HERE. Back to the dilemma of converting WAV or WMA or MP3 formats you can play on your portable mp3 player. Many of the CD rippers originally "ripped" or extracted the audio files from your music CD and stored it on your hard drive as a WMA or WAV file and then those files needed to be converted to an MP3 format using another program type. It got complicated really fast. Today, many of the CD rippers like CDex and AudioGrabber will pull the songs from your personal CD collection and put it into an mp3 format without too much hassle. For those of you that have lots of WMA or WAV files on your computer and want them converted into mp3's you'll need to get an mp3 converter software.
Best MP3 Converter:
Looking for a solid software program that will convert your WAV and other audio files into mp3 format? We found the best site in terms of programs and information at MP3-converter.com. They list top rated software - both freeware and shareware mp3 converters. One that has been around for a long time is Virtuosa Gold - it lets you convert files, rip CDs, manage music, and burn CDs and DVDs. Great program to have on your PC. MP3 WAV Converter is another piece of software worth considering as a basic file converter that helps you make WAV or MP3 files from your music collection. Lastly, Easy CD Ripper is the perfect compliment to any music lover who wants to convert their CD audio files to MP3, WAV, WMA or whatever. Easy CD Ripper is the ideal choice for changing file types back and forth as many times as you want and still retaining the sound quality. A nice comparison chart is listed online HERE with what each software does and pricing.
An mp3 converter like Protected Music Converter will convert WMA to MP3 or pretty much take any audio file and convert it to whatever you want. It's easy to go from WMA to MP3 or MP3 to WAV and even M4P to MP3. Unprotected music file formats include MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, etc. There are lots of software programs that do the conversion for you in simple, easy to do menus. We suggest going online to wma-mp3.com if you want to learn more about how to convert WMA to MP3 and find a piece of software that you are willing to try. Some are shareware, which means you get to try before you buy, while others are totally FREE and don't require any payment at all.
Everyone is always looking for a free piece of software that will do the same work as a paid version. We are lucky that the Internet exists so you can get access to all the free mp3 converters. Again, we turn to the website at http://www.mp3-converter.com/mp3_converter_freeware.htm as our source of help on this one. They show the CD-DA X-Tractor as the best free software that will convert files to MP3. There are literally 2 pages of freeware mp3 converters to choose from and test out. Keep in mind that most freeware is not supported technically like the paid versions so if you run into trouble with the mp3 convert process you may be on your own with these programs. I have used both freeware and shareware music converters and I must agree the shareware ones are much better thought out and have less "bugs" associated with them.