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According to Microsoft, the WMA format (Windows Media Audio) achieves the same sound quality at 64kbps as an MP3 file at 128kbps. Before WMA 8 format, users were saying "yeah, right". However, boasting a 30% quality increase over prior WMA formats, WMA 8 is a contender for the best audio quality at lower bit rates.
We have decided to provide WMA converter tools for WMA enthusiasts and those who are curious about the format. The main drawback of WMA is it is a Microsoft proprietary format rather than the non-corporate format of MP3....the bottom line is control and some people don't like proprietary formats that are controlled by one company, not a bad concern. However, give WMA a run, even for technology comparison sake. The encoder and decoder programs below will perform some or all of the following functions: convert WMA to MP3, WMA to WAV, MP3 to WMA, WAV to WMA, and CD to WMA.
WMA Converter Software options:
Advanced WMA Workshop
All to WMA Converter
dbPowerAmp - Editor's Excellence Award!
MP3 to WAVE Converter PLUS - Editor's Excellence Award!
Virtuosa Gold - Editor's Excellence Award!
WMA Encoder Decoder