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How To Convert WMA To MP3

by Joni Blecher on May 31, 2013

While RealPlayer can play a multitude of file types, you can also use RealPlayer to convert files into the format that best fits your watching or listening needs. It’s a perfect solution for easily converting music or other audio files into formats that you want to make portable or more versatile. Do you have some old Windows Media Audio (.wma) files that you want to convert to MP3 files so you can listen to them on your phone? Maybe you can only get your favorite song or lecture in the wma format.

No problem, just by performing a quick conversion using the latest version of RealPlayer, which includes a WMA to MP3 file converter, you can turn those WMA files into MP3s and be on your way. If you don’t already have RealPlayer installed on your computer, just click the orange button on the top right corner of this page to download and install it now.

5 STEPS TO CONVERT WMA TO MP3

Easily transfer your favorite WMA files to your phone by using the built-in WMA to MP3 file converter included in the free version of RealPlayer.

1. Start by downloading your WMA files to your computer and saving them to your RealPlayer library.

2. Open RealPlayer and select Music from the Library. There, in the music section, you will conveniently find all the WMA files that you have added to the RealPlayer library. Select the file that you want to covert.

3. Once you have selected the file you want, click on it and then select More from the pop-up menu. Next, select the Convert To option. Your selected file will appear in the pop-up conversion box.

4. Click on the Click To Select A Device button and choose MP3 Audio Only from the drop down menu. If you want to save the converted music file someplace other than in RealPlayer, you can make that selection by clicking the drop down menu under Save In (located just below the Click To Select A Device button).

5. Select OK and then press the big green Start button that appears at the bottom of the screen. Within seconds the file will be converted. You will know the conversion is complete when you see the Conversion Complete box pop-up. Press the OK button to finish the process.

Within seconds the file has been converted. The MP3 file is ready to play or to be transferred to an iPod or mobile device. Repeat the process for all files one by one or you can even select multiple files (regardless of file format) and convert them to MP3 with just one click. RealPlayer goes beyond playing video and audio files; within a few minutes you can covert WMA files into MP3 files to play on your MP3 player.

If you have any questions about converting your WMA files or any other files, please leave a comment below. We are happy to help you answer all your audio and video conversion questions.

{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth S June 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Thanks for help me with converting my wma files. I have hundreds of wmas I want to convert to mp3s. Can you walk me through how to do a batch wma to mp3 conversion?

2 RealPlayer Team June 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

Hi Beth,

Follow the steps to convert .mp3 files to .wma,

>Open RealPlayer Converter.
>Add file.
>Click on Convert to at the bottom. (You will get select a device pop-up)
>Select audio formats from drop down menu.
>Select .WMA format.
>Click on start.

If that doesn’t help, send an email to help@real.com to assist you better.

3 Lily June 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

Some of my tracks didn’t convert? 89 out of 119 worked but very random which ones didn’t..

4 RealPlayer June 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Was there anything different about the tracks didn’t convert? Maybe the place where you purchased them?

5 betty July 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Is your wma to mp3 converter safe? I tried downloading a different one and my whole pc got screwed up. Does it download anything to my pc other than the wma to mp3 converter?

6 RealPlayer Team July 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Hi Betty,

We take precautions to ensure our software is clear of viruses.

For your own security, we recommend an anti-virus program to check all software before you download it from the Internet.

7 Stu July 22, 2013 at 2:09 am

Hi… just started using your converter to transfer wma files to MP3 files. Is it possible to convert an entire album and retain the Album intact, or do I have to create folders to place individual tracks into these folders?

8 RealPlayer Team July 22, 2013 at 8:43 am

Yes, you can convert the entire album as an individual tracks, and then you can create a new folder to store those converted files.

9 Aaron July 24, 2013 at 12:28 am

Does the RealPlayer converter for mac not read wma files, or am I doing something wrong?
The RealPlayer for mac plays my wma files fine, but the RealPlayer Converter for mac doesn’t seem to read them :(

10 RealPlayer Team July 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Unfortunately you can’t convert WMA format using RealPlayer converter. Also we no longer support RealPlayer converter MAC version, product development has stopped, and no updates or security patches will be released for this version.

11 Anonymous August 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

It does not show a MP3 Audio Only in a Select a Device on my Real Player. How can I get it then?

12 RealPlayer Team August 8, 2013 at 10:27 am

Please provide us some more information about the problem to assist you further.

13 leslea atkinson August 20, 2013 at 10:34 pm

all my music dowloads show up as mp4 real player will not convert to mp3

14 RealPlayer Team August 21, 2013 at 9:19 am

Let me inform you that, YouTube and other sites have introduced a new streaming standard. Essentially, the files that are being downloaded are not actually MP4s but a new streaming format that is being misidentified as MP4. We are working on an update to RealPlayer that will allow for this new format. We expect to release a fix with the next RealPlayer 16 build in late-August.

15 Ed August 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

My free realplayer won’t convert the complete wmv song to mp3 , just 2/3rds and then stops even though the message says it was completely converted!

16 RealPlayer Team August 24, 2013 at 11:04 am

Please provided us some more information to assist you further,

>Are you able to play those videos in RealPlayer?
>From which web site did you download them.
>Did you try with different videos?

The more specific you are, the better I will be able to assist you.

17 Chris August 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I went thrugh all the steps and it converted to MP3 but, although I supposedly saved the new file to my desktop, it’s not there. I tried dragging it from Real Player to my desktop but that did not work either. Any ideas? Thanks!!

18 RealPlayer Team August 27, 2013 at 9:18 am

Please send an email to help@real.com, include a brief description of the issue, copy and paste the link to this thread within the email for further assistance.

19 Jarv August 27, 2013 at 8:36 am

can real player be used to convert wma to mp3 even if the songs are not downloaded? i.e. songs in windows media player..

20 RealPlayer Team August 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

If you have those WMA files saved in your hard drive, you can import it to RealPlayer library and then convert them to .MP3.

Please follow the steps to import the files to RealPlayer Library,

1. Open RealPlayer.
2. Select File from the menu.
3. Click Scan Disk For Media.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to import the clips to RealPlayer.

21 Ian August 27, 2013 at 9:19 am

How do I convert wma files in the Mac version? There is no ‘RealPlayer library’ to copy the files to.

22 RealPlayer Team August 27, 2013 at 10:00 am

To learn how to convert videos in Mac click on: http://i.realone.com/product/help/mac-RealPlayer-Converter-1/en/Content/how_to_convert.htm If you still have any issues, please send an email to help@real.com, include a brief description of the issue, copy and paste the link to this thread within the email for further assistance.

23 Joyce August 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Tried to use the Real Player converter to convert music selection from wma to mp3 to be able to download to Kindle Fire. Received error message (no number assigned to error message), indicating the conversion was not able to be completed, no further explanation. I could not find a “details” tab to determine the problem. Please help.

24 RealPlayer Team August 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Please provide us some more information:

1. From which web site did you download those .WMA files?

2. Does it happen to all the .WMA files?

3. Try converting the .WMA file to any other format apart from .MP3.

The more specific you are, the better we will be able to assist you further.

25 Perla August 31, 2013 at 6:46 am

buongiorno anche io da ieri che real player non mi converte piu’ i video in wma anzi appena gli scarico si convertono da soli in mp4 come mai? s

26 RealPlayer Team September 1, 2013 at 8:42 am

Vi preghiamo di fornirci qualche informazione in più per aiutarvi ulteriormente.

27 jay September 2, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I want to convert wap files to mp3 in realplayer, but it doesn’t prompt me to have the new mp3 files stay in realplayer

28 RealPlayer Team September 3, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Please provide us some more information about what exactly happening when you are trying to convert videos and also send an email to help@real.com, include a brief description of the issue, copy and paste the link to this thread within the email for further assistance.

29 paul September 2, 2013 at 9:13 pm

hi. i used to be able to convert to mp3 in seconds, but now i go to youtube and after it downloads, and i try to convert it, it says “failed to convert”. so whats the solution. ive downloaded quicktime and all but nothing changes

30 RealPlayer Team September 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Please send an email to help@real.com, include a brief description of the issue, copy and paste the link to this thread within the email for further assistance

31 Eric September 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

It didnt convert any of my my files… what happened?

32 RealPlayer Team September 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Please provide us some more information about the problem to assist you further.

33 Dennis W. Goulding September 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I downloaded the Real player and wanted to convert my .wma to mp3 so I can play songs I own on my Samsung S4 but when I do the convert it says could not convert! It’s a Van Halen 1984 album that I burned from the disc I own to my computer. So I’m confused. Please help. thank you!

34 RealPlayer Team September 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Please provide us some more information:

1. From which web site did you download those .WMA files?

2. Does it happen to all the .WMA files?

3. Try converting the .WMA file to any other format apart from .MP3.

The more specific you are, the better we will be able to assist you further and also Please send an email to help@real.com, include a brief description of the issue, copy and paste the link to this thread within the email for further assistance.

35 Milan September 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Hi hope u can help
I want to convert all my wma music to mp3 is there a way to do it all at once or will I need to spend hours doing each one individually. Hope you can help way to many to don individually.
Thank you
Milan

36 RealPlayer Team September 10, 2013 at 10:57 am

Kindly send an email to help@real.com, include a brief description of the issue, copy and paste the link to this thread within the email for further assistance.

37 Dennis W. Goulding September 10, 2013 at 9:03 am

I did NOT download from a website. These songs I own on CD a real CD not downloaded which is why it make NO sense! And yes it happens to ALL songs I try to convert! And YES once again I tried to convert to another source and YES it does the same RED error ” cannot convert”!!!! Don’t know how much more specific I can be. Its a regular CD Van Halen 1984 from a physical disc I own that I ripped to my own computer. Then I put them in the converters file to convert and one after another it comes up with a red error message cannot convert. and the will give the total of the errors after trying to convert. Tried ALL conversion possibilities and it says the same error message. I am pretty good with the computer and been on a computer since the mid 1990′s so I do know what I’m doing with a computer. Please help me out. I so want to have some of my personal library on my cell phone which is a Samsung S4! Thank you again.

38 RealPlayer Team September 10, 2013 at 11:02 am

Performing a clean uninstall and reinstall can help you resolve many issues, try uninstalling and reinstalling RealPlayer by following this link:

https://realnetworks.zendesk.com/entries/24079818

After that try to convert the files using RealPlayer Converter. If the issue still persists, please send an email to help@real.com, include a brief description of the issue, copy and paste the link to this thread within the email for further assistance.

39 corinne September 18, 2013 at 2:13 am

hi. most of my tracks came up with ‘could not convert’ nwould there be a reason for this and how could i convert them? i really need to

40 RealPlayer Team September 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm

This issue has been fixed in the latest build of RealPlayer 16, released on August 21.

If you are currently using RealPlayer Plus 16 or the free version: Please open RealPlayer, click the RealPlayer logo in the upper left, and select Check for Update. You will then be able to update your RealPlayer to the newest build.

Please note that you may need to re-enable the RealDownloader extension in your web browser as well by following this link:

https://realnetworks.zendesk.com/entries/23689856

After updating RealPlayer, please re-download the videos that previously received the error message.

If this doesn’t work, please send an email to help@real.com, include a brief description of the issue, copy and paste the link to this thread within the email for further assistance.

41 Kelly October 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I converted to mp3 but want to add the files to my daughter’s Leappad2. How can I save the new mp3 files to my computer so I can transfer them into the Leappad2?

42 RealPlayer Team October 17, 2013 at 12:34 am

Please provide us some more information:

1. What application did you use to convert the .MP3 file?
2. Looks like the file is not in your PC, let us know the where the file is stored now?
3. Is it on some other device other than PC and LeapPad2?

The more specific you are, the better we will be able to assist you.

43 Betty October 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I’ve downloaded an audiobook from my library in WMA format, and my MP3 player won’t play it (even though it supposedly is able to). So I tried converting, (using the free version of RealPlayer) to MP3, and recd an error msg (I was trying only one file [chapter] at a time, and tried different ones; the result was the same with all.) Any suggestions?

44 RealPlayer Team October 18, 2013 at 12:37 am

Please provide us some more information:

1. What is error message displayed?
2. Are you able to play the original file in RealPlayer?
3. What is the version of your RealPlayer?

Please follow these steps:

1. Open the RealPlayer software.
2. From the RealPlayer menu in the upper left, choose “Help” option.
3. Choose “About RealPlayer” inside the “Help” menu. A window opens.
4. Look for the information listed beside “Version” near the top of the “About RealPlayer” window. These numbers indicate the version of RealPlayer currently installed on the computer (i.e. “RealPlayer 16.0.3.51″ or “RealPlayer 17.0.1.179″).

The more specific you are, the better we will be able to assist you.

45 cole November 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I try to convert an audio book from the library in wma drm protected format, I get error cannot convert. I assume that I cannot handle the drm protected.

46 RealPlayer Team November 11, 2013 at 11:29 pm

You are right! RealPlayer doesn’t support playback or conversion of DRM-protected files. DRM stands for “digital rights management” and is a method of restricting copy and playback of files.

Thanks for your interest in RealPlayer!

47 Ravi November 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

the software is not working…i tried the software to convert .wma file to .mp3 but still no voice is heard out of .mp3 format.
Whole lot of hours is wasted in doing it!!!

48 RealPlayer Team November 28, 2013 at 6:57 am

Sorry you are unable to convert videos! Please provide us some more information,

>Are you able to play this file in RealPlayer?
>Does this happen with all the .WMA files?
>Are you using the latest version of RealPlayer?

To find RealPlayer version,

>Open RealPlayer > Click on RealPlayer Menu (at the top left corner) > Help > About RealPlayer.

If you have additional questions, please send an email to help@real.com, include a brief description of the issue, copy and paste the link to this thread within the email for further assistance.

49 Mark December 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

downloaded the entire conversion program and just tried to convert severl WMA files to MP3 and it wont convert shit

50 RealPlayer Team December 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Sorry you are unable to convert files using RealPlayer Converter. Please provide us some more information,

>Do you get any error message while converting files?
>Did you purchase the music files or download it from internet?
>Does this happen with all WMA files?
>Are you using the latest version of RealPlayer?

To find RealPlayer version,

Open RealPlayer > Click on RealPlayer Menu (at the top left corner) > Help > About RealPlayer.

The more specific you are, the better we will be able to assist you.

If you have additional questions, please send an email to help@real.com

51 Catherine Moore January 21, 2014 at 5:30 am

I converted some files to mp3 now I would like to return them to my windows media player. It seems I read how to do this some where but can’ find it can you help me. Also afer I convert and I want to delete the wma files do I have to pick through and do them one at a time or is there an easier way???

52 RealPlayer Team January 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm

If you know the location of the .MP3 file, just drag and drop the files into Window Media Player library.

Please read this article for more instructions:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/add-items-to-media-player-library#1TC=windows-7

If you want to delete the .WMA files, select the file(s) first, right click the items and select the option “Delete.”

If you additional question, please send an email to help@real.com

53 Angie B January 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Thanks for this post! Fixed my whole problem!

54 Teresa January 24, 2014 at 2:44 am

I could not convert error in RED

55 RealPlayer Team January 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

Sorry, you are unable to convert videos! Please provide us some more information,

>What is the format of the downloaded video?
>Are you able to play this file in RealPlayer?
>Does this happen with all the videos?
>Which version of RealPlayer is installed in your computer?

To find RealPlayer version,

>Open RealPlayer >Click on RealPlayer Menu (at the top left corner) >Help >About RealPlayer.

The more specific you are, the better we will be able to assist you.

56 Robert February 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm

How does one to convert multiple files from wma to mp3 with realplayer

57 RealPlayer Team February 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Please read this article for instructions to convert files using RealPlayer:

http://cache-download.real.com/free/windows/mrkt/help/RealPlayer-16/en/RealPlayer-help.htm#converter_how_to_convert.htm

If you have an additional question, please send an email to help@real.com

58 RealPlayer July 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm

You likely need a license to play them and therefore can’t convert them. Were the files purchased from a store that used PlaysForSure?

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