“How to convert WMA files for iTunes? I want to play some audio files in WMA format on iTunes on my Windows 8 laptop. What should I do?”

This post would show you 2 simple and useful ways to convert WMA audio files to AAC format so as to let you play WMA files in iTunes easily. With this post, you could easily learn how to convert WMA to AAC by using iTunes and 3rd-party WMA to AAC converters. Just check out the guide.

Part 1: Brief Introduction to WMA and AAC

What is WMA file?


Windows Media Audio (WMA) is the name of a series of audio codecs and their corresponding audio coding formats developed by Microsoft. It is a proprietary technology that forms part of the Windows Media framework. WMA consists of four distinct codecs.

What is AAC file?


Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is an audio coding standard for lossy digital audio compression. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves better sound quality than MP3 at similar bit rates.

Why convert WMA to AAC?


iTunes does not have native support for WMA audio file while AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3 and WMV function well in iTunes. Therefore if you have some WMA audio files and want to play them on iTunes, you could convert WMA to AAC.

Part 2: Convert WMA to AAC via iTunes

The latest iTunes, V12, has the ability to convert unfriendly audio files into iTunes compatible format AAC. What you need to do is click a few buttons. iTunes would finish the converting and loading itself. To convert WMA to AAC via iTunes, follow the guide below:

  1. Open your iTunes 12 and then click the drop-down menu on the upper-left corner to select “Add File to Library” to browse and choose WMA audio files or directly drag and drop source WMA file into iTunes;
  2. After WMA is imported, iTunes would pop up a window to show you that the loaded WMA audio files could be converted to AAC format for adding to iTunes music library. Click “Convert” button. Then iTunes would carry out the WMA to AAC conversion and automatically add the source WMA audio files in AAC format.

When the converting process finishes, you can find the source audio (now in AAC audio format) in music playlist.

Part 3: Convert WMA to AAC via WMA to AAC Converter

The other way to convert WMA to AAC is of course making use of 3rd-party WMA to AAC converter programs. Leawo Video Converter could help you easily convert WMA audio files to AAC format in only a few clicks. You could follow the step-by-step guide below to know how to convert WMA audio files to AAC format on PC:

Step 1: Import source WMA audio files


Kick off Leawo Video Converter to enter the main program interface, and click “Add Video” button on the sub-menu to load your source WMA video files.

Step 2: Set AAC as output format


Click the drop-down box next to the “Add Photo” button. On the drop-down list, select “Change” option. Then on the popup Profile window, select “AAC” from “Format” column as output format.


Note: If you need, you could click the “Edit” button on the drop-down profile setting box to adjust detailed audio parameters including audio codec, bit rate, channel and sample rate.

Step 3: Convert WMA to AAC


Click the big green “Convert” button on the sub-menu bar next to the format setting drop-down box. Then, on the popup sidebar, set output directory. After setting output directory, click the “Convert” button right below. Leawo Video Converter would start to convert WMA to AAC immediately.

After conversion, add the converted WMA audio files (now in AAC audio format) into your iTunes music library for unlimited playback. Enjoy!

Video guide on how to use Leawo Video Converter:


You could make use of both iTunes and Leawo Video Converter to handle WMA to AAC conversions. Without doubt, the first solution is much easier and costs less. However, Leawo Video Converter allows you to adjust the audio parameters for output AAC audio, including: audio codec, audio quality, sample rate, bit rate, and channel. If you are Mac users, you can switch to Leawo Video Converter for Mac, a WMA to AAC converter Mac, to convert WMA to AAC Mac.