How to Convert iTunes to the WMA Format

by Mario Calhoun
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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.

Step 1

Open iTunes on your PC.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Open Windows Media Player.

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

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