How to extract music from World of Warcraft

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How to extract music from World of Warcraft so you can listen to it outside the game, or put it on your favorite MP3 player.

Things You'll Need

  • MPQ extractor (provided)
  • World of Warcraft installed on your computer.
  • If you haven't already, install World of Warcraft onto your computer, plus any other expansions you would like the music for.

  • Download and install the latest version of MPQ Explorer from here: http://www.zezula.net/en/mpq/download.html. Be sure to select the correct version for your type of processor. If unsure, download the 32 bit version.

  • When the initial options box pops up after you first start the program, just hit ok.

  • In the main program window go to file->Open MPQ archive.

  • Find your World of Warcraft directory, then click on the Data directory, then open the file Common-2.mpq.

  • In the popup box, check the box that says "open this file in Read Only mode."

  • In the left pane, right click on the "sound" folder, and choose "extract".

  • wait for all files to extract.

  • The music will be on your desktop in a folder called "work". Enjoy!

Tips & Warnings

  • The files are already in MP3 format, making for easy loading onto your ipod, or other MP3 player!
  • Be sure you are not running the game while you open the MPQ files.
  • Do not edit any portions of the MPQ files, or your risk having to re-install your game. If you open in read only mode as stated above, you should be ok.

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