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Here's another option for the .wma files. Choose Export from File menu of QuickTime Pro (Command E), select AIFF as file type. Then add it to iTunes. As an AIFF file it is lossless and will not lose any more quality. After adding to iTunes, unless you are hard disk short on space, keep it as AIFF else convert to apple lossless which is a lossless compressed format. Other formats such as mp3 and m4a will result in some loss of quality of the file.



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There are several applications that will convert wma files to mp3's. Some of them are free, like Switch that has been mentioned here, but I use Easy WMA. Do a search and you should find several more. None of these free apps will convert ALL wma files but they do a good job for most of them. If they are protected files, you will need to pay for an app that will do that. Again, do a search and you will find several that will allow you to "test" the app. Most of them will convert the first 10 seconds or so of the file to prove that it works.
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Here is an answer to your dilemma, but somewhat time consuming. Use Audacity to open the file and then export them as MP3. Make sure you list the info before you save, such as album, artist, and track number or you'll have to do that in iTunes after you import. Hope that helps!
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Here is an answer to your dilemma, but somewhat time consuming. Use Audacity to open the file and then export them as MP3. Make sure you list the info before you save, such as album, artist, and track number or you'll have to do that in iTunes after you import. Hope that helps!
After an hour or so of trying out several "possibilities" to convert to an iTunes 10.4.1 swallowable file format, this was the only one that worked without spending money on otherwise worthless software.

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One thing to add: if you have a high-quality ".wma"-file, use a lossless format such as FLAC when saving, or at least 192 kBit/s to make sure not to mess up the sound quality.

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Switch for OSX is another one which can convert to several audio formats including FLAC or AIFF, etc. It is free & easy to use. It can convert from and to a very large number of audio formats. I do not think Switch originally had wma support for Mac but appear to have added it in later versions.

I quite happily use Switch, when needed

My main CD ripping software is XLD, also free. It rips better than iTunes. XLD is a Mac requirement for some private torrent audiophile sites. XLD supports addition of id3 tags for any format that supports tags you convert to. XLD's mp3 uses the LAME codec (far better than iTunes mp3.) Also supports FLAC, apple lossless, mp4, Ogg Vorbis, APE (Monkey Lossless), WavPack, PCM (Big or Little Endian), etc. I usually rip to AIFF first, then convert to FLAC, or to mp3 if intended for iTunes.
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I quite happily use Switch, when needed

My main CD ripping software is XLD, also free.
Yes, "XLD" is a really fine piece of software! I do a lot of FLAC to Apple Lossless conversion using "XLD". But it doesn't support ".wma" files, so I had to look for something different.

And only the paid version of "Switch" will convert "wma" files.

"Audacity" seems to be the only software that converts ".wma" without passing through Quicktime/Flip4Mac or make you pay for it. Only thing is you can't do batch conversion.
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Found another one that does the .wma -> iTunes conversion job: "Adapter"

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