How to Convert Protected WMA Songs to MP3

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How to Convert Protected WMA Songs to MP3
Convert a protected WMA file so you can listen to the song on the go. (headphones image by Eldin Muratovic from

DRM music files, short for Digital Rights Management, impose restrictions on how you use your files. If the WMA song is protected, you won't be able to transfer it to multiple computers or media players. It will only work on the computer that you purchased it from. Convert your protected DRM WMA file to an unprotected MP3 file to remove these restrictions. Once converted, transfer the song to as many devices as you want. Listen to the music on your portable MP3 player or on many different home computers.

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    Download and install Protected Music Converter onto your computer. Load your protected WMA music file into Protected Music Converter and choose "MP3" as your output format. The software will convert the file into an unprotected music file. If you have multiple WMA files you want to convert, use Protected Music Converter's batch conversion support to convert all files at once. Protected Music Converter runs on most Windows-based computers and requires a recent edition of Windows Media Player.

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    Install WMAConvert. In addition to WMA music files, WMAConvert can also convert protected video files as well. Navigate to where you have the protected music file stored on the computer. Choose "MP3" to convert the song from within WMAConvert. Choose to convert an entire folder of WMA files for swift conversion. The Platinum version of WMAConvert can convert up to 2 WMA files at once while the Professional and Pro+VideoRip versions can convert up to 16 at a time.

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    Purchase a copy of Audio Converter Plus. Install it onto your computer to start converting protected WMA files. Convert the WMA file into the MP3 format as well as OGG, AMR, FLAC, APE and WAV with Audio Converter Plus. Drag your WMA file from the containing folder to the Audio Converter Plus interface. Convert one music file at a time or use the program's batch converter. Choose "MP3" as the output format and click the "Convert" button to create the new unprotected files.

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    Download and install Daniusoft WMA MP3 Converter onto your computer. The software removes DRM protection from WMA files so you can convert them into an unprotected MP3. Daniusoft WMA MP3 Converter is optimised specifically for converting WMA files to MP3, although it can also work with file formats such as WAV, OGG and AC3. Use the batch converter to increase the speed of the conversion. Daniusoft WMA MP3 Converter works with all recent versions of Windows, including Vista and 7.

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