How to convert file WMA to MP3 in Ubuntu 11.04

Posted: May 11, 2011 in Ubuntu
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Hello everybody.

There are many ways to convert files WMA to MP3, but here I will show for you using ffmpeg. It is simple and follows the same concept in How to convert YouTube video to mpeg.

Before continue you need to have mp3 codec enabled in ffmpeg. Case you haven’t, access this post How to compile and install ffmpeg in Ubuntu 11.04 to enable it.

Open a terminal and type:

ffmpeg -i [file.wma] -acodec libmp3lame -ab 128k [file.mp3]


  • file.wma: it is the file you want to convert.
  • -ab: audio bitrate in kbit/s. The default value is 64k.
  • -acodec: it sets the codec to be used. In this case mp3.
  • file.mp3: File name will be created.
  • For example:

    ffmpeg -i music.wma -acodec libmp3lame -ab 128k music.mp3

    That’s it. See you next time

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