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Step-by-step Tutorial on WMA to FLAC Conversion

Author by Sue

Feb 19, 2019

Although regular WMA format is lossy, 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 about the comparisons on WMA Lossless vs 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 that 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 concise interface. Besides WMA FLAC conversion, this converter can help you to 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 click 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 Output Format

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

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Step 3: Convert WMA to FLAC at One Go

Then, it goes back to the main workplace, where you just need to hit the Run button to convert WMA to FLAC

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 freeware audio player for the Windows platform, which can also work as an WMA to FLAC converter.

How to convert .wma files to .flac with Foobar2000?

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 to 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 Add button to import a file into the converter. Then, press 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 the confusion of WMA vs FLAC? Do you know how to convert WMA files to FLAC with the 3 aforementioned simple WMA to FLAC converters? Among them, 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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