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    I still have a lot of my albums in wma format and when i ripped them to my HDD i forgot to un select protect content.
    I know use a totally different ripper that makes it into mp3 not wma

    Its a Big pain in the *$!&"£&"*! TBH!
    Coz i keep needing to restore my licences + I want to put the tracks onto disk so i can play them in my mp3 head unit in my car...!

    Can any recommend any good programs to convert my wma's into mp3???

    Thanks.....

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    If you now use a different ripper, why not simply re-rip?

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    I hate WMA, its such a poor format re-rip the cds with Steinberg mp3 pro (personally preference).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethos
    I hate WMA, its such a poor format re-rip the cds with Steinberg mp3 pro (personally preference).
    Thanks for the name of that prog i'll give it a go soon.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiff Lemon
    If you now use a different ripper, why not simply re-rip?
    I would do believe me!!! But Alot of them have been taken away to uni with my sister.... and some of the other cds are badly scratched....

    Once i had a new ripper that’s what i did just re-repped the cds.... But can't do that with all of them...

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    i like CDex personally for ripping

    and you'\re better off re-ripping than converting from one format to another - which loses a fair bit of quality

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    Take a look on this tool for converting between audio formats! It's a great one & helps me to remove drm-protection...

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    Quote Originally Posted by malice19
    I still have a lot of my albums in wma format and when i ripped them to my HDD i forgot to un select protect content.
    I know use a totally different ripper that makes it into mp3 not wma

    Its a Big pain in the *$!&"£&"*! TBH!
    Coz i keep needing to restore my licences + I want to put the tracks onto disk so i can play them in my mp3 head unit in my car...!

    Can any recommend any good programs to convert my wma's into mp3???

    Thanks.....
    i'm pretty sure your license doesn't allow you to change the format

    sure, in theory it might work with an app like dbpoweramp, but the whole *point* of the protection is to stop you from doing what you want

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    Media player 10 can put them into any format you want? and once set up becomes the default ie set it up to mp3 and it will always rip to you HD as a mps file. then burn to CD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethos
    I hate WMA, its such a poor format re-rip the cds with Steinberg mp3 pro (personally preference).
    technically WMA is far more advanced than mp3, and to most people with a hifi the difference at say 128kbits is hudge. The problem is stupid copy protection like this, stoping you doing what you want (even thou what u've done already is probably ilegal).

    My advice would be to rip them again, transcoding from one lossy format to another is a major quality killer, however if you simply just remove the protection then that might be okay, however most programs that remove protection do so by compressing it to wma AGAIN! This is as bad as compressing it to another format, if you compressed a nice CD sourced bit of music that had say some flute in it, to mp3 192kbits say 15times the result would be somewhat horrid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malice19
    I would do believe me!!! But Alot of them have been taken away to uni with my sister.... and some of the other cds are badly scratched....

    Once i had a new ripper that’s what i did just re-repped the cds.... But can't do that with all of them...
    GRIP using cdparanoia as the ripper does a pretty good scratch detection and repair (but can't do anything about your sister ) but is Linux based.

    You might want to look at www.4musics.com for a (not free) windows based converter. There is a free trial period, but the trial version disables batch conversion (and only lasts 15 days) OK for a few tracks, but a pain if you have a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by solenza7
    Take a look on this tool for converting between audio formats! It's a great one & helps me to remove drm-protection...
    Whoa removes DRM, nice one - although I don't purchase DRM material, it's nice to have that extra freedom

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    I always OGG rip stuff with CDex, sounds so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unreal
    Whoa removes DRM, nice one - although I don't purchase DRM material, it's nice to have that extra freedom
    that freedom isn't yours to take. you bought the music under a given license, you really shouldn't go back and try to change the terms - can you see yourself getting away with "yeah, i rented this DVD, but i decided to keep it, thanks"?

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    Re: WMA Doing My NUT's IN BIG TIME

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    technically WMA is far more advanced than mp3, and to most people with a hifi the difference at say 128kbits is hudge.
    I agree. Its worth waiting to get the disks back and re ripping, but high bit rate WMA is a good format tbh, shame it's no good for your car

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