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Old 9th October 2019, 05:35 AM   #1
Hanze Khronye is offline Hanze Khronye  Australia
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Default Best 2019 option: convert wma to flac

Hi,

I have some really great albums that were converted well enough into .wma files. What is considered as the best software to use (mac or pc) to convert them into .flac or .wav files in 2019.

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Old 9th October 2019, 05:35 PM   #2
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dBpoweramp can convert anything in anything, even the whole libraries.
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Old 9th October 2019, 06:06 PM   #3
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Was a lossy or lossless coder used to create the .wma files? What was the originals?

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Old 10th October 2019, 12:58 AM   #4
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Was a lossy or lossless coder used to create the .wma files? What was the originals?

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I really dont know. I'm just needing to convert them in the 'best way possible', if there is even such a thing.. cheers.
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Old 11th October 2019, 09:33 AM   #5
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Old 13th October 2019, 04:03 AM   #6
Hanze Khronye is offline Hanze Khronye  Australia
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The better question might be: is it critical in any sense, or just find a generic conversion app?
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Old 13th October 2019, 06:00 AM   #7
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If they were originally ripped as wma lossy, then I would think there's little point in converting them to flac or wav. Unless your source can't play wma.
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Old 13th October 2019, 06:42 AM   #8
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You can try AIMP (its free), its a media player that has built-in file conversion. It uses FFmpeg as its conversion engine. Most conversion programs will use FFmpeg and use a GUI as the front end.

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Old 13th October 2019, 06:43 AM   #9
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Yes, if your playback device/software is compatible with WMA, there's really no need to convert - but I understand that some of the Linux audio playback apps, in particular, don't support all WMA codecs, especially the "pro" variants. So converting your WMA files to FLAC is a good way of standardising your music collection, and also future-proofing your music collection.

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is it critical in any sense
No, not really. You're dealing with a lossy encoding, so any good/better/best options would only be due to different decoding libraries ... but there's only one decoding library available for WMA - the official one from Microsoft.

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dBpoweramp can convert anything
Yes, dBpoweramp is IMO the go-to application for audio conversion ... but it's not cheap.
Freeware alternatives will do the job just as well in this case, and I prefer to use the tried-and-true media player/converters - VLC or foobar2000:
Official download of VLC media player, the best Open Source player - VideoLAN
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I don't presently have foobar in front of me, but for VLC these are the steps:
Media > Convert / Save... > +Add > select your wma file > Convert / Save > Profile > Audio - FLAC > select Destination file > Start
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Old 19th October 2019, 12:49 PM   #10
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