Both Windows Media Audio Lossless and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) use lossless compression to reduce file size without compromising quality. WMA Lossless is a patented Microsoft lossless audio codec, while FLAC is open-source. Both have similar compression ratios, but FLAC is more robust technologically. Converting codecs is necessary for certain MP3 players that support FLAC only. WMA Lossless can be converted to FLAC without any loss of quality.
Things You'll Need
- Internet access
Download foobar2000 (see link in Resources below) and install the program.
Open the folder containing the WMA Lossless files. Select all the files you want to convert, then drag and drop them into the main window of foobar.
Highlight all the files in foobar2000 (hold down "Control" and hit the "A" key) and right-click on one of them. Go down to "Convert To..." and select "FLAC" from the drop down menu.
Choose the folder you want to save the FLAC files to and wait a few minutes for the files to convert.
Check your new FLAC files to make sure that all the metadata, such as album name and artist, was kept intact.
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