Converting Audio Files

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  1. LudaMan

    LudaMan New Member

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    I dont know if any of you get music from musicmatch, but i do, but lately the program has been running really laggy and sucking up more memory than winamp or iTunes. So I tried to play it in Winamp, but it has to convert it to AAC, but it says it is a protected WMA file. Any way around this so i can get my songs to play on iTunes or winamp?
     
  2. Juvenall

    Juvenall What Would Juvie Do?

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    Well, if it is a protected WMA, you should be able to play it in Winamp without a problem as long as you have the current version of Windows Media Player installed (it'll use the codecs from that). However, I would then use the Winamp plugins Output Stacker and LameOut to convert the protected WMA files to a MP3 file you can use in anything.

    Now, I don't use MusicMatch (I've always hated that thing) so I may be missing something.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    WMA and MP3 are both "lossy" codecs, meaning that you lose quality when converting to either format. If you take a source, create a WMA of that source, and then convert the WMA to an MP3, then you will have the disadvantages of both formats, and the advantages of neither.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Play it with the output device being a file, so you get a raw audio stream, then convert it to whatever you like (preferably a lossless format, since if you convert it to a lossy format you will have lost further quality off the already lossy WMA).
     

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