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  1. #21
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    Re: HOWTO: convert wma to mp3

    Quote Originally Posted by Reitermaniac View Post
    WMA to MP3? Some weeks ago I purchased Soundtaxi and had great success with converting all my wma files to mp3. Those wma's were drm-protected!
    You're plugging a Windows app here? How nice and trolly of you.

    EDIT: corrected typo

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    Re: HOWTO: convert wma to mp3

    Quote Originally Posted by janne_oksanen View Post
    You're plugging a Windows app here? How nice and trolly of you.

    EDIT: corrected typo
    LMAO! This is exactly NOT what I was looking for! 'SoundTaxi' Humf!! I'm running Linux! I want to convert my .WMA files, copied over from Windoze XP into playable formats in Ubuntu Feisty.

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    Re: HOWTO: convert wma to mp3

    Very useful, thanks man

    Kevpatts
    Onieric - Leaning towards Xubuntu these days.

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    Re: HOWTO: convert wma (and other formats) to mp3

    I'm new to using Ubuntu Linux (Feisty) but I have been reading through a bunch of message boards and forums to find a GUI tool to convert my old WMA files to MP3 with little luck. I stumbled upon a thread on Softpedia which mentioned SoundConverter for the Gnome desktop. I was going to download the package directly from the site and try my luck with installing the compressed package when I thought about searching in the Synaptic Package Manager for it and there it was! No scripts, no compiling or tarball installations, just a nice, clean, managed installation to help all of us Newbs with our transition from M$ world!

    :: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WILL NOT CONVERT DRM-PROTECTED WMA FILES ::


    Installation Instructions:

    • Click System --> Administration --> Synaptic Package Manager
    • Type in your administrative password
    • Click the "Search" button and type "SoundConverter" in the text field
    • Right-click on the "SoundConverter" package name in the main window and select "Mark for Installation"
    • Click the "Apply" button to begin installation


    All dependent packages should install automatically by using this installation method. If you need more info on the SoundConverter program visit their website here.


    Notes:

    • Conversion process is quite slow (took about an hour to convert 263 wma files on my machine to 192Kb mp3 format)
    • Conversion results in loss of fidelity as you are converting a "lossy" format to another "lossy" format. Use source audio CD's / "lossless" files if possible for best results


    Happy transitions to computing freedom!!

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    Re: HOWTO: convert wma to mp3

    Well done 'musicatplay'. Thank You!
    I use 'MuvAudio2' and 'TuneBite' when logged onto my Windoze DT. (Had to pay for both.) I would rather not USE Windoze at all for my music needs, so I was looking for something like this! Thanks Again!

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    Re: HOWTO: convert wma to mp3

    This is a nice framework to get you started. I use Kubuntu (not to brag) which needed a LOT of Gnome stuff when I tried to Aptitude in zenity. I read the package description for Zenity and decided I didn't need graphical help to convert batches of wma files.

    Be sure you've installed mplayer and lame. I also installed ffmpeg and I see that it's using it.

    I edited the script as follows:

    Code:
    #! /bin/sh
    # wma to mp3 script
    
    mkdir -p converted_mp3
    cp *.wma converted_mp3
    cd converted_mp3
    
    # How many files to make the progress bar
    PROGRESS=0
    NUMBER_OF_FILES=`find -iname "*.wma"`
    
    #remove spaces
    for i in *.wma; do mv "$i" `echo $i | tr ' ' '_'`; done
    
    #remove uppercase
    for i in *.[Ww][Mm][Aa]; do mv "$i" `echo $i | tr '[A-Z]' '[a-z]'`; done
    
    #edit this if you need to change the options for lame encoding to mp3
    FORMAT='lame -h -m s'
    
    #Rip with Mplayer / encode with LAME
    for i in *.wma ; do
    echo "$PROGRESS";
    echo "# Re-Coding $i";
    mplayer -vo null -vc dummy -af resample=44100 -ao pcm:waveheader $i && $FORMAT audiodump.wav -o $i;
    done
    
    #convert file names
    for i in *.wma; do mv "$i" "`basename "$i" .wma`.mp3";
    done
    
    rm audiodump.wav
    
    exit 0
    Now another good idea is setup a cron task to run this in a specific folder every night. That way you can drop stuff in and forget it.

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    Re: HOWTO: convert wma (and other formats) to mp3

    Wow!!! This worked great, I tried that perl converter and it didn't work, had the same error as the other guy complaining about MP4::info, soundconverter worked like a charm and converted all my wma's to mp3


    Quote Originally Posted by musicatplay View Post
    I'm new to using Ubuntu Linux (Feisty) but I have been reading through a bunch of message boards and forums to find a GUI tool to convert my old WMA files to MP3 with little luck. I stumbled upon a thread on Softpedia which mentioned SoundConverter for the Gnome desktop. I was going to download the package directly from the site and try my luck with installing the compressed package when I thought about searching in the Synaptic Package Manager for it and there it was! No scripts, no compiling or tarball installations, just a nice, clean, managed installation to help all of us Newbs with our transition from M$ world!

    :: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WILL NOT CONVERT DRM-PROTECTED WMA FILES ::


    Installation Instructions:

    • Click System --> Administration --> Synaptic Package Manager
    • Type in your administrative password
    • Click the "Search" button and type "SoundConverter" in the text field
    • Right-click on the "SoundConverter" package name in the main window and select "Mark for Installation"
    • Click the "Apply" button to begin installation


    All dependent packages should install automatically by using this installation method. If you need more info on the SoundConverter program visit their website here.


    Notes:

    • Conversion process is quite slow (took about an hour to convert 263 wma files on my machine to 192Kb mp3 format)
    • Conversion results in loss of fidelity as you are converting a "lossy" format to another "lossy" format. Use source audio CD's / "lossless" files if possible for best results


    Happy transitions to computing freedom!!

  8. #28
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    Lightbulb Re: HOWTO: convert wma to mp3

    Hi everyone,

    check out this solution, it doesn't require the intermediate wave file:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...76#post3712276

    All best,
    Dan

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    Re: HOWTO: convert wma to mp3

    cheers musicatplay for soundcoverter, its done the trick for me.

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    Re: HOWTO: convert wma to mp3

    audio-converter
    http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multi...ert-3104.shtml

    it's a bash script ... 'n works pretty good

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