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Batch conversion of MP3 files to smaller WMA files

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It's a pretty cumbersome process, as Windows Media Encoder does not allow you to process files in batches.

However, this clever man has come up with a lovely solution. The conversion process takes a while once you've set up the program correctly (see the website), but it does work a treat :>

http://www.reseau.org/mp3towma/

Have a go - it will make things a *lot* easier.

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Actually the PLUS MP3 Audio Converter LE which is downloadable from MS as part of the WMP bonus pack (not WMP 9) does this job very nicely in batches

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Ah - I was aware of that, but does it only run on XP? I'm using Win 98.

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Tried the MP3 Audio Converter LE on the Bonus Pack for WMP 7.1

This actually does not manage to convert some of the mp3 files that the other method i posted above can't handle.

So, although it's a neater solution, it isn't as powerful.

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I just use the copy to device function on media player 8 (XP again). It doesn't report how much space is available on the SD card (SPV is not a supported device) but has no problems copying to it.

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doyou know of any method to perform similar tasks to video files? Is there any free software available for this?

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Could always just use Winamp (www.winamp.com) and set the Output to be WMA? Queue up a load of MP3s, make sure repeat isn't on, then click play and woosh, you're away...

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I use Mp3 to all converter its really good get it here..........

h**p://www.8to32.com/Support.htm

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I have been looking for a program like this i have 934 songs on my comp and they are all at 128kbps i am goin to bring them down to 96 or 64 what do u suggest i wanna maintain the gd quality it takes up 5 gb on my comp.

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I have been looking for a program like this i have 934 songs on my comp and they are all at 128kbps i am goin to bring them down to 96 or 64 what do u suggest i wanna maintain the gd quality it takes up 5 gb on my comp.

Try 56Kb stereo conversion using Media Encoder 7.01

The quality is very acceptable but the size is 20% of the original MP3 :!:

Now I have 5 full albums + 10 Music videos + LOTR FellowShip on my 128 SD and still some 15Mb free. ;)

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I suggest you keep them in at least 128 format, unless you have a pair of crappy 1inch speakers connected to your PC.. I have about 12-14GB of music on mine. If you need space, archive some of it on CDs, but personally I would only convert them to less than 128 for the phone.. Though I'm getting my 256MB SD soon and am looking fwd to forgetting all my conversion problems.

For SPV I used 72K stream and it turned out ok for SPV headphones.

I personally prefer music in 192K and 256K mp3's - you can definitely hear the quality difference even if you are musically deaf, like I am ;)

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thanks 14 gb is a lot of music but i am mainly also doing it because i wanna fit more songs on my spv

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I just convert tracks as I need them to 64kbps wma for the SPV. Remember that converting from mp3 to wma loses some quality in the conversion because the mp3 is converted to a wav file first, then to wma. That's one thing I like about Ogg Vorbis - it supports bitrate shedding ;) Just a pity no one uses it much!

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Dave how big is one of ure songs roughly cause i am using mp3 not wav it still works but is it a bigger fie can u give me the web site so i can download that program thanls

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