Have Protected WMA’s? Convert them to MP3.

NOTE: This tutorial is only meant for legal uses, such as putting the songs on an MP3 player. Always check copyright laws in your area before doing this!

So, you’ve got some WMA’s protected by DRM, but you want an MP3? I discovered this method completely by accident, although it is floating around the web.

If you use Audacity, an open-source audio editor, you can do it. (However, you may need to do it a few times, to find the right settings.)

Install it, then find the protected song and open it in a different audio player, such as Windows Media Player or Winamp. You’ll need the license for it, or it won’t work.

Open up Audacity. At the top, there will be some buttons and drop down menus.

You see this?

Change the “Microphone” to “Stereo Mix.”

Then hit the Record button, the red circle. Play your song. When the song ends, stop the recording (yellow square.)

Edit out any “dead air” (silence) at the beginning and end.

Now, you have to export it. If you want to download the lame_enc.dll file, you can export directly to MP3. If not, export to WAV, and use one of various converters to change to an MP3.

Good luck!

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5 Responses to “Have Protected WMA’s? Convert them to MP3.”

  1. sclinac Says:

    So as the powerful and easy-to-use DRM removal application and DRM WMA converter.
    http://www.all-media-converter.com/wma-converter.html

  2. aimeewilbury Says:

    Thank you for the link.

  3. Viki Says:

    you can also try Melodycan – http://www.melodycan.com

  4. aimeewilbury Says:

    Thank you.

  5. skymunez Says:

    I think Media Converter is more powerful, which is also on: http://www.all-media-converter.com/media-converter.html


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