December 23, 2014

Converting WMA to MP3 on OSX or Linux

headphones Converting WMA to MP3 on OSX or LinuxFinding this technique took more time than I thought it should, so I thought I’d share a quick and simple music transcoding tip.

Converting WMA to MP3

1) Get mplayer and lame installed. I use the accelerated and precompiled mplayer and lame for OSX.

2) Create a simple shell script:

#! /bin/sh
set -e
F=$1
mplayer -ao pcm:file="${F%.wma}.wav" "$F"
lame --preset hifi "${F%.wma}.wav" "${F%.wma}.mp3"
rm -f "${F%.wma}.wav"

Save as “convert_wav.sh”, make executable, and run it on your wma files. An easy way to hit all of them in a directory tree is:


find . -name "*wma" -exec convert_wav.sh {} \;

Thanks to the original version, found and modified from that given on Macosxhints.com.
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Comments

  1. Jefficus says:

    This works well but beware, it jettisons the metadata en route.

  2. Thanks for the informations.. worked as expected. Keep on the good work!

  3. Hi Bruce,

    you can try the tool I’m using – it’s free and relatively fast :)

    http://www.nch.com.au/switch/plus.html

    Just download the free version and voila ! converting between several diff audio formats

    Marin

  4. qk4l says:

    Thank you!

    Because Songbird do not play wma by linux I decided to corvet all my wma files.

    Best regards.

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