How to Convert iTunes to the WMA Format

by Mario Calhoun

Music purchased from the iTunes Store after January 2009 is free of Digital Rights Management (DRM), which gives you the freedom to convert it to a Windows Media Player format, such as MP3 or WMA. Since Windows Media Player can only convert music that is ripped from a CD, you can convert your iTunes music to WMA by burning it to a CD and ripping it to your Windows Media Player Library.

Open iTunes on your PC.

Click the "File" menu and select "New Playlist" from the drop-down menu. Type a name for the playlist and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard to save the name.

Drag and drop music from your music library to the new playlist.

Click the new playlist and click the "Burn Disc" button in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window. Insert a blank CD-R into your disc drive. Click "Burn Disc" to begin the process. When the burn has finished, eject the disc.

Open Windows Media Player.

Click the "Tools" menu and select "Options." Click the "Rip Music" tab.

Click "wma" under the Rip settings. Check the box next to "Rip CD when inserted" and click "OK" to save the changes.

Insert the recently burned CD-R into your disc drive. Windows Media Player will automatically rip and convert the music from your CD.

Items you will need

  • iTunes 7 or later
  • Windows Media Player 10 or later
  • Blank CD-R
  • CD-RW drive

Photo Credits

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