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ZakuSage 05-21-2005 11:26 AM

Looking for MP3 to WMA music conversion
I'm looking for a program that can convert files from one music format to another, specifically MP3 to WMA. I tried running dbPowerAmp through WINE, but it would only let me select .wav, .cda, .m3u and auxilaury formats. Can anyone recommend a program for me, or lend help in getting dbPowerAmp to work properly via WINE?

Pcghost 05-21-2005 12:40 PM

The few albums I had that were ripped in WMA, I burned them to CDRW as audio and then ripped them to Ogg. You could do something like that if you cannot make it work in the end. It has been years since I have even seen a wma file so I am not sure about dbPowerAmp.

ZakuSage 05-21-2005 12:53 PM

I noticed I made an error in my title. I meant to put MP3 to WMA, it's for my Mp3/WMA player, since I'm not really getting enough milage out of MP3s. Anyway, the question in the post still stands...

rickh 05-21-2005 09:02 PM

...MP3 to WMA, ... not really getting enough milage out of MP3s

Don't have an answer to your question, but it's a peculiar one for a Linux forum, Given that wma files are specifically designed for, and probably owned by MS, there isn't a lot of perceived value to promoting the format on Linux. Don't know what you mean by 'not enough mileage,' but if you mean the files are too big, switch to LAME and use variable bit rate recording.

ZakuSage 05-22-2005 02:39 PM

My flash based 128mb MP3 player also supports WMA. The quality of WMA is better at lower bitrates, and that's why I was wondering if there was a way to convert to them. I wouldn't use them if I had, say, an OGG compatible player.

Anyway, what program would you recommend for compressing mp3 with avariable bitrate?

Boow 05-22-2005 05:38 PM

1) mplayer infile.wma/ra -ao pcm -aofile outfile.wav
2) lame -f outfile.wav mp3outfile.mp3

you need the w32codecs also you can get them at mplayers home page

rickh 05-22-2005 07:24 PM

The quality of WMA is better at lower bitrates, ... what program would you recommend for compressing mp3 with a variable bitrate?

Quality at lower bitrates is a very subjective analysis. Using lame I converted a couple mp3s ripped at 192 kbps to a vbr file with no discernible (to me) loss of quality. Gained about 35% in file size.

My command:
lame -fV6b8 --mp3input <infile>.mp3 <outfile>.mp3

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