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Convert wma to [email protected]

Terminal - Convert wma to [email protected]
for f in *.wma; do ffmpeg -i "$f" -ab 128k "${f%.wma}.mp3" -ab 128K; done
2011-11-25 17:48:26
User: mrehqe
Convert wma to [email protected]

Convert all wma to [email protected] with ffmpeg into directory.


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Congratulations, you have just converted your music from one proprietary format into another, probably causing it to sound even worse due to transcoding issues.

Also, it'll only work on DRM-free wma's which, I'm sad to say, are rare.

Comment by h3xx 243 weeks and 2 days ago

yes, I know, but my car audio can read only mp3. If you like ogg, just try:

for f in *.wma; do ffmpeg -i "$f" -ab 128k "${f%.wma}.ogg" -ab 128K; done

set -ab parameter how you like.

Comment by mrehqe 243 weeks and 2 days ago

Nice, thanks! Just what I needed... Worked great on Mac OS X 10.8.2

Comment by SeanDeNigris 188 weeks and 3 days ago

I'm new to bash and trying to get this to work recursively (presumably using find). I had tried just executing something like: find ./ -name '*.wma' -type f -print0 | xargs -0 -I f ffmpeg -i "$f" -ab 128k "${f%.wma}.mp3" -ab 128K

but the one part that's not working is the string mod op when saving the new mp3 file with an mp3 rather than wma extension. It seems like my piped variable is treated differently than when $f was just an expanded variable. What am I doing wrong here and is there an overall better approach?


Comment by howarddierking 185 weeks and 6 days ago

There are lots of methods to convert WMA to MP3 nowadays. I used to use a powerful WMA to MP3 Converter to do this task.

Here is the guide to help you use this converter to convert WMA to MP3 at: http://www.faasoft.com/articles/wma-to-mp3-mac-and-windows.html

It also applies to convert WMA to WAV, AAC, AC3, M4A, etc.

Comment by sancadia 59 weeks and 1 day ago

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