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Old 21st October 2019, 08:22 PM   #11
Hanze Khronye is offline Hanze Khronye  Australia
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Yes, reason for this was A+ (Mac) does not support wma, and as questionable as the original wav to wma conversion may have been, some of the music is invaluable to me.

Being leery of a less than optimal conversion, yet not wanting to buy anything for what is a one-off, I used athe trial version of Audacity.

Thanks for the replies and advice.

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Old 21st October 2019, 08:30 PM   #12
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...I used athe trial version of Audacity.
Audacity doesn't have a trial version. Are you sure you got it from Download | Audacity (R) ?
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Old 22nd October 2019, 03:49 AM   #13
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Hanze Khronye, that's great you have a working solution. I just add a few comments for your information:

- Audacity is free, open-source software. The basic installation of Audacity does not include WMA support, since WMA is a patented technology, so for this you need to also install the FFmpeg Import/Export Library
Lame and FFmpeg libraries for Audacity - Free and Safe downloads - DO NOT CLICK GREEN DOWNLOAD BUTTONS

- Being free, there's no such thing as a "trial version". So it sounds to me that you may have used an unofficial installer package of Audacity+ffmpeg. I caution against this - that's how you get viruses. Always use official downloads -
Download | Audacity (R)

- Audacity is a full audio editor. It's overkill for straightforward format conversion, but that's OK.

- Audacity is no more "optimal" for WMA conversion than most other conversion software based on the ffmpeg libraries, and certainly no better than Foobar2000 (which is also free).
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Old 22nd October 2019, 06:03 AM   #14
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Nothing beats foobar + the latest FLAC encoder.

FLAC 1.3.3 Free Download
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Old 22nd October 2019, 06:30 AM   #15
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Nothing beats foobar + the latest FLAC encoder.
FLAC 1.3.3 Free Download
Agreed ... but again, please use don't get downloads from unofficial websites !!

The official FLAC download page is here -
FLAC - download

But it's probably more convenient to use the bundle of encoder libraries provided as a separate download from the foobar2000 website - which includes the latest FLAC version 1.3.2
foobar2000: Free Encoder Pack
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Old 22nd October 2019, 07:31 AM   #16
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Oops sorry, I see there's a recent update for FLAC to version 1.3.3
and the official download site does not have a Windows executable available yet for this latest version.
I think the most reliable download of this (for Windows) would be FLAC v.1.3.3 win32 bundle from Rarewares -
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Old 22nd October 2019, 01:19 PM   #17
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Agreed ... but again, please use don't get downloads from unofficial websites !!
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...the official download site does not have a Windows executable available yet for this latest version.
I think the most reliable download of this (for Windows) would be FLAC v.1.3.3 win32 bundle from Rarewares
You are contradicting your own advice by advising download from an unofficial site.
I've been using Foobar for a long time. It's great. The encoder packs and components for Foobar should be obtained only from the official site, foobar2000.org to insure that they are fully compatible.

Besides that, the FLAC version on the official site encoder pack , IS v1.3.3

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Old 22nd October 2019, 02:38 PM   #18
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Ah, that's good to know that the foobar2000 Free Encoder Pack includes flac v.1.3.3 - clearly that's the best option, then.
After checking the changelog, I wouldn't lose any sleep about still using v1.3.2 though.

And no one need be concerned about Rarewares - it's a well regarded source for media-related applications. I've been using it since 2005.
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Old 22nd October 2019, 02:46 PM   #19
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Good to know about Rarewares, thank you, that's a good track record.

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Ah, that's good to know that the foobar2000 Free Encoder Pack includes flac v.1.3.3 - clearly that's the best option, then.
After checking the changelog, I wouldn't lose any sleep about still using v1.3.2 though.

And no one need be concerned about Rarewares - it's a well regarded source for media-related applications. I've been using it since 2005.
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