why does wmp 11 convert mp3 to wma when syncing to mp3 player

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by sstockford, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. sstockford

    sstockford Guest

    I have a cell phone mp3 player, yet when i sync my mp3 files, it converts
    them to wma files, which the phone can not play. I can not find anywhere to
    change this.
    sstockford, Nov 28, 2007
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  2. Sync -> little triangle below it -> locate the 'name' of your cell
    phone in the list -> little right-hand arrow -> Advanced Options... ->
    "Quality" tab -> *untick* the "Convert music ... as required by this
    device (recommended)" option.

    If your cell phone 'advertises' (via Media Transfer Protocol (MTP))
    its capabilities correctly, this should not happen, but if it doesn't,
    WMP can get/guess it wrong.

    See Help -> "Can I turn conversion off?" for details.
    Frank Slootweg, Nov 28, 2007
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  3. sstockford

    sstockford Guest

    Thanks for your response, however this would not allow me down size the bit
    rate sample for the mp3 devise. I am afraid I will have to go to a third
    party software.
    sstockford, Nov 28, 2007
  4. In microsoft.public.multimedia.windows.mediaplayer, a probably
    'obsolete' group, I recently saw this:


    Free WMA to MP3 Converter - Freeware convert WMA to MP3.
    Try one song to see if it works for you.

    Free WMA to MP3 Converter - Reviews and Free WMA to MP3 Converter


    I haven't used that program so I can not (not) recommend it. If you
    try it, then please report back with your findings.
    Frank Slootweg, Nov 28, 2007
  5. sstockford

    sstockford Guest

    Thank you again for you help. However, this is a great utility, it does not
    solve my problem. My files are already mp3 files. Only when I try to use
    WMP 11 to sync the files and at the same time reduce the bit rate, as most
    cell phone mp3 players require 192 kbs or less, does the original mp3 file
    get changed to a wma file.

    Thanks again.
    sstockford, Nov 29, 2007
  6. Two suggestions:

    - Let WMP Sync the MP3 files while changing the bit rate. WMA files end
    up on cell phone. Copy WMA files back to computer and let the "Free
    WMA to MP3 Converter" convert them back to MP3 (at the desired bit
    rate). Copy correct MP3 files to cell phone.

    - Get and install Audacity (<http://audacity.sourceforge.net>) and the
    associated "LAME MP3 encoder".
    Audacity can read (File -> Open...) MP3 files and can write them (File
    -> Export As MP3...).
    If you set the right preferences, you can convert the MP3 bit rate:
    Edit -> Preferences... -> "File Formats" tab -> MP3 Export Setup ->
    Bit Rate: ...
    I just tried this procedure to convert a 128 kbps MP3 file to a 64
    kbps one.
    Frank Slootweg, Nov 29, 2007
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