How to Listen to a WMD File on a Mac and to Convert it to MP3 – No Additional Software Required!

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More and more audio files are showing up on the Internet in WMD format, which means that you need to convert those WMD files to listen to them on your Mac or MP3 player. This is particularly true for audio books, which frequently are downloaded as a WMD file. WMD is a format used by Microsoft’s media software, and unless you want to install the Microsoft software on your Mac in order to listen to your WMD file, you are going to have to convert that WMD file in order to listen to it. Fortunately, it’s actually really easy to convert a WMD file to listen to it on a Mac, and to create MP3s of the file so that you can listen on your iPod, iPad, or other MP3 player.

Here’s the deal: a WMD file is really nothing more than Microsoft’s version of a zip archive. It contains the sound files, as MP3 files, and a couple of other extraneous (for our purposes) files.

So, all you have to do to access and listen to the sound files in your WMD sound file is rename it from .WMD to .zip, and open it with whatever unzipping (de-archiving) program you already have on your computer!

Here is the step-by-step screenshot tutorial for converting WMD files to MP3 to listen on your Mac (or your MP3 player):

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Here is the WMD file – in this example it’s the audio book file for Anne of Green Gables:

 

WMD-file

 

Rename that WMD file to a “.zip” file:

 

WMD-to-zip-file

 

Now, use whatever program you like to unzip that file (i.e. to extract the archived files from within the WMD (now “zip”) archive):

 

unzip

 

This will result in a new folder with all of your Mac-playable MP3 sound files:

 

unzipped-wmd-file-anne-of-green-gables

 

Now, put those MP3 files on whatever listening device you want!

By the way, if you are interested in downloading free audio books for listening on your computer, iPod, iPad, or other audio book device or MP3 player, you may enjoy our article on Where to Find Free Audio Books Online to Download.

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2 thoughts on “How to Listen to a WMD File on a Mac and to Convert it to MP3 – No Additional Software Required!

  1. Wow, great information. I was going to buy a conversion program if needed. Thanks, dennis

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