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How to Convert WMA to MP3 on macOS and OS X

By Emily Watson, Sunday, November 12, 2017

Question: My friend sent me a load of great songs ripped from his old CDs. The problem is that all these songs are in WMA format which cannot be played in iTunes on my Mac. How can I convert a wma file to mp3 on Mac?

Solution: We cannot play WMA files on Mac with iTunes. To listen to WMA music on iMac, MacBook Pro/Air, you can either install a WMA player or convert WMA audio files to MP3, WAV, AAC or other Mac's supported audio formats. Here we will show you how to convert WMA to MP3 on macOS High Sierra, Sierra, OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks and more.

Can I Convert WMA to MP3 with iTunes on Mac?

Windows Media Player is the default application for ripping CDs on Windows and, of course, the default output is WMA (Windows Media Audio). On Windows computer, you can use iTunes to convert WMA to MP3, but you can't convert a WMA with iTunes for Mac or with Audacity on Mac.

Therefore, to change WMA to MP3 with iTunes, you can use iTunes on a Win PC to convert the WMA files to MP3, then transfer the files to Macintosh so that you can listen to the music on Mac. If you don't have access to a Win PC or find it too troublesome to transfer music from PC to Mac, you may use a WMA converter on Mac to convert WMA to MP3/AAC for iTunes.

Note: To convert DRM protected WMA to MP3 on Mac, please refer to How to Remove DRM from WMA/W4P.

3 Steps to Convert WMA to MP3 on Mac

FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (Mac) can convert WMA to MP3 on Mac (Sierra, El Capitan, etc.), provided the WMA is NOT DRM protected. This WMA to MP3 converter for Mac can convert WMA files to MP3 files in a very easy way so that you can enjoy WMA music on Mac. Moreover, it can also convert WMA to WAV, convert WMA to M4A/AAC and more.

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1. Add WMA files

Start the WMA converter for Mac program and click "Add" button on the toolbar to add WMA files you want to convert. If you have a folder full of WMA files, click on "Add Folder".


Add WMA Video Files


2. Choose MP3 format

When all files have been added, you will need to select MP3 format. Click on "Profile" drop-down. In the "General Audio" category choose your wanted audio format. For example, to convert WMA, WMA Lossless to MP3 on Mac, choose "MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 Audio (*.mp3)" as the profile. Then click on "Browse…" to pick the output directory.


Choose MP3 Format As Audio Output


3. Convert WMA to MP3

When everything is ready, click "Convert" to start converting WMA files to MP3. When the process is end, you can play WMA files on Mac without error.


Start WMA to MP3 Conversion on Mac


FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate (Mac) can work on your MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iMac. It can not only convert WMA to any audio format you need, but convert video to any formats (MP4, MOV, SWF, etc.)

Tips on How to Play WMA Files on Mac

Since WMA is a Microsoft audio file format, Mac system's built-in media players, including iTunes, QuickTime, Audacity, doesn't play WMA files. To play WMA files, there are two options:

  • Download WMA player software for Mac. There are some third-party WMA players for Mac that allows you to play WMA on Mac, such as VLC media player.

  • Download and install the Windows Media Components for QuickTime. With the Windows Media Components, QuickTime can open and play WMA files on Mac.

But if you don't want to use a third-party player or add components to QuickTime, convert WMA to MP3 on Mac with FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate. After conversion, the WMA files can be opened on iTunes, QuickTime or any other players on Mac.

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