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    Converting protected/ecrypted wma's to mp3's

    I ripped a whole bunch of cd's into my collection but now I am having the hardest time converting them from the wma format to a decent mp3 format. Anyone have any ideas on how to do this, I've heard its a kind of a PITA.

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    Why do you need to change formats?

    Every time you change formats, you loose sound quality.

    Changing 96kbs WMA into a 192kbs MP3 isn't going to gain you any sound quality.

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    I googled for an wma to mp3 converter, and found this http://www.dbpoweramp.com/

    It's pretty handy, ie it will do folders and sub-folders in one and will delete the original.

    You will probably need to download the wma codec from their site, but that is no problem.

    I then used musicbrainz tagger to tage them

    Pretty cool

    BTW I did this for the same reason as you, I ******* hate MS

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkDaMonkMan
    Why do you need to change formats?

    Every time you change formats, you loose sound quality.

    Changing 96kbs WMA into a 192kbs MP3 isn't going to gain you any sound quality.
    On the contrary if you change from .wma to .mp3 using the same bitrate (this is the key) you will never loose sound quality.

    If your changing UP bitrates then yes you will loose sound quality.
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    Doesn't WMA have a better compression? So you would lose quality by going to the same bitrate MP3.

    Also, to convert from WMA to MP3 doesn't it convert to it to WAV first then to MP3?

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    Anyone know of a good converter that will auto detect the bitrate of the file its converting and convert to the mp3 but at the same bit rate? i've used the one above and also another but both you had to set the target bitrate.

    Quote Originally Posted by sssssss27
    Doesn't WMA have a better compression? So you would lose quality by going to the same bitrate MP3.
    the quality shouldnt be any different, just the file size i think


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    In some cases mp3 may sounds better, in some wma at the same bitrate. But they use very different psyco acoustic models that makes comparison very subjective. So at the same bitrate you'll get very comparable audio quality with the same file size.
    Regarding 1:1 conversion I can send you a script that does that.
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    I think the more pressing issue is DRM. I think he wants to convert from a DRM protected file to a non-DRM file because he does not have a licence.
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    I'm not sure what 91yjeeper is trying to do but none of the ones i want to convert are encoded. just plain wma's

    Quote Originally Posted by jbors
    Regarding 1:1 conversion I can send you a script that does that.
    If you could that would be great, if you want to email it my address is deanj @blueyonder.co.uk (without the space) or attach it to this thread. Cheers


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    drm'ed file can't be converted back I thought.

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