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Step-by-step Tutorial on WMA to FLAC Conversion

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Updated on Jul 10, 2020

Although regular WMA format is a lossy audio format, WMA Lossless is a lossless codec that compresses audio data without loss of audio fidelity. Many people may find that their portable players can't open .wma files. To resolve this problem, I recommend you to convert WMA to FLAC, which will keep lossless audio quality and achieve better compatibility. Before reading the specific tutorial, you can download this effective and simple WMA FLAC converter here for preparation.

Is WMA Lossless?

In fact, WMA is the name of a series of audio codecs which include 4 sub-formats:

WMA: a common lossy audio format to compete with MP3.

WMA Pro: a lossy codec that supports high-res audio.

WMA Lossless: a lossless audio codec that competes with Dolby TrueHD, APE, FLAC, ALAC, etc.

WMA Voice: a lossy audio codec that competes with Speex for low-bandwidth, voice playback applications.

As you can see, WMA Lossless is indeed a lossless audio format. Some people may wonder the comparisons between WMA Lossless and FLAC. From the quality perspective, there is no difference between the two formats. Both of them are losslessly compressed audio data without sacrificing the original quality. But FLAC is more popular and universal among different system platforms and devices, which is the reason why many people tend to convert WMA files to FLAC format. Here, 3 simple methods are offered for you to convert WMA to FLAC.

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Method 1 - Convert WMA to FLAC with HD Video Converter Factory Pro

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a wonderful WMA to FLAC converter, which is easy to handle with its concise interface. Besides WMA FLAC conversion, this converter can help you download FLAC files from YouTube and other 300+ sites, extract audio from video and convert .wma audio to common audio formats. 

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Step-by-step Guide on WMA FLAC Conversion

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Import WMA files into the converter

Step 1: Import WMA Files into the Converter

Run the WMA to FLAC converter - WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the Converter interface. Next, click the "Add Files" button to import the WMA Lossless files you want to convert into the main interface. You can also drag and drop files into the converter as you like.

This software allows you to add several files into the converter at one time because batch conversion is supported.

Choose FLAC as the output format

Step 2: Choose FLAC as the Output Format

Click the "Click to change output format" area on the right side and choose FLAC format under the "Audio" tab. As you can see, it also allows you to convert .wma to .mp3, convert .wma to .wav and other audio formats by simply clicking the corresponding icons. 

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Step 3: Convert WMA to FLAC at One Go

Then, go back to the main interface. Click the inverted triangle at the bottom to choose an output folder on your local disc. Please make sure there is sufficient room to avoid unnecessary issues. At last, click "Run" and start the conversion. And within a blink of an eye, you will get the converted files.

Before hitting the Run button, you can click the scissor icon to trim audio files and press the "Merge" button to combine several audio files into a longer one if you like.

Method 2 - Convert WMA Lossless to FLAC with Foobar2000

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Foobar2000 is an advanced free audio player for the Windows platform, which can also work as a WMA to FLAC converter.

Step 1. Download and install Foobar2000 and the prerequisite plug-ins via these links:



step 2. Open Foobar2000 and click File > Open on the menu bar to import a WMA Lossless audio file or you can directly drag and drop it into the window.

Step 3. Right-click the audio file and choose Convert > Quick convert.

Step 4. Then, choose FLAC on the "Quick Convert" window and hit the Convert button.

Step 5. Name the converted FLAC file and specify the output path to save it on your PC.

Method 3 – How to Convert WMA to FLAC with VLC

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Besides playing .wma lossless audio files directly, VLC can also help us convert WMA files to FLAC.

Specific steps are as follows:

1. Run VLC and then choose "Media > Convert/Save" on the menu bar. Or you can directly press shortcuts Ctrl+R.

2. Click the Add button to import a file into the converter. Then, press the Convert/Save button to go to the next step.

3. Choose "Audio - FLAC" under the drop-down box of Profile.

4. Specify the output folder and click Start to begin the conversion of WMA to FLAC.

In Conclusion:

Now, have you figured out how to convert WMA to FLAC? Apart from the 3 aforementioned methods, some online converters can also be useful but their defects are also apparent. For example, they can't work with no internet connection, there are too many annoying pop-up ads and malware, etc. All in all, WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is highly recommended for its conciseness and advanced features, like compressing audio files, converting audio sample rate and so forth. Besides audio, it also allows you to convert any video to various formats and devices to get rid of incompatibility troubles.

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