How to Convert Protected WMA to MP3 for iPod

“The majority of my albums are in my Windows Media Player and I would like to transfer those albums to my iPod. Now I don’t know how to. All I know is that WMA is incompatible with Apple iPod. So how do I rescue my songs? I tried to use limewire to download free music but it is a mess.”

If you meet the same problem, you got the right place! The following tutorial details how to convert both protected and unprotected WMA (Windows Media Audio) music files to MP3 format for Apple iPod.

If the WMA files you are going to play on your iPod is unprotected, you just select and drag them into iTunes Library and they should be automatically converted to whatever iPod format you selected in iTunes preferences for importing.

If they are WMA files protected by DRM, it is not that easy. You need to use some software to remove the DRM from your WMA files and then convert the WMA music to the much more widely-supported MP3 format.
Note: As with any transcoding, the quality will go down. But if you’ve got a lot of protected WMA files you’d like to convert to MP3 files to get on your iPod, this solution would do the trick.

In this tutorial, I’d like to show how to remove DRM from WMA files and convert the protected WMA files to MP3 format using TuneClone Audio Converter. Let’s take a look at how it performs:

1. Make settings at TuneClone

Convert DRM protected WMA to MP3 for iPod

Download TuneClone (fully compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista) and install it. After launching TuneClone, click the “Settings” button. In the pop-up dialog of “Options”, you can specify the “Output Folder”, “Output Filenames”, “Output Format” (here we choose MP3), etc. for the output files.
Tip: You can get the output protection removed MP3 music folder by clicking the “Folder” button after the whole process.

2. Burning at Windows Media Player(WMP 11)

Create a new playlist and drag into it the WMA files you are going to play on your iPod. After that, click the “Burn” button and select “Audio CD” from the drop-down list. On the right panel of “CD Drive”, click “Next Drive” to locate the CD drive to TuneClone’s Virtual CD Burner.

Convert DRM protected WMA to MP3 for iPod

Note: If you are unsure whether TuneClone’s Virtual CD burner is successfully installed or where it is installed, please refer to the bottom left corner of TuneClone:

Convert DRM protected WMA to MP3 for iPod

Then, drag the playlist you created just now to the “Burn List” and click the “Start Burn” button to start burning the playlist. While the burning gets started, TuneClone will automatically convert the WMA playlist to MP3 files. You can open the manager screen to show all the converted music files.
Note: If you get the output files formatted as 01-1.mp3, 01-2.mp3, etc., please click the output MP3 songs in the manager screen and drag the counterpart original WMA songs to the “Track Info” panel of TuneClone one by one. The information about the artist, album, title, etc. will be changed accordingly. It would be a time-consuming process if you are burning a big collection of WMA music. However, since Windows Media Player 11 doesn’t support CD-text burning, this seems to be the only way to get the information back.

Convert DRM protected WMA to MP3 for iPod

After you get the output MP3 files converted from the WMA playlist in your Windows Media Player, you can now begin to transfer the MP3 files to your iPod with the sync of iTunes.

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8 thoughts on “How to Convert Protected WMA to MP3 for iPod

  1. Can you please further explain how to locate the Tuneclone virtual CD burner in Windows Media Player? I am having problems with the instructions that say to select “Next Drive” on the right panel of “CD Drive.” Where it says CD Drive I am unable to click on anything. Thanks.

  2. Hello Mimi,

    Please first tell me which version of Windows Media Player are you using?

    You know, the tutorial is based on Windows Media Player 11.

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  4. Thanks so much for this tutorial. It was easy to understand and it looked like it was going to work well for me, until I realized that I have an 8-hour file I’d like to convert from .wma to .mp3, and Media Player wouldn’t burn it because TuneClone’s virtual CD Burner can only do files 79:59 or shorter. Do you know of any way to work around this?

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