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I have a bunch of OGG files that I would like to convert to WMA (v9) format.

Is there a native Ubuntu tool I can use for this? (Since WMA is a proprietary format, I'm guessing that there won't be a tool that does this in the repos.)

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but why that's like converting wine in to water –  Allan Mar 16 '11 at 19:38
    
@Allan: We had better get a good answer... this is already climbing up in the search results for 'ubuntu convert ogg wma' :) –  Nathan Osman Mar 16 '11 at 19:51
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@allan: I'd say gold into mud (to not say sh*t). –  jokoon Mar 17 '11 at 10:05
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I have found a way to convert OGG files to WMA (v8) files using VLC:

  1. Launch VLC and go to File->Convert / Save

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  2. Add the files you want to convert by clicking 'Add...' and then click 'Convert / Save'

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  3. Select the destination file, remembering to append the .wma extension

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  4. Click the button to create a new profile (this only needs to be done once)

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  5. Give the new profile a name, and select 'ASF / WMV' for encapsulation

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  6. Click the 'Audio' tab and change the settings to match this image (or make any changes if you want a different bitrate or something):

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  7. Click 'Save' and select your new format

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  8. Now simply click 'Start' and your files will be transcoded

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ffmpeg -i file.ogg -ac 2 -ab 128k file.wma

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I really don't know enough about encapsulation and audio formats, and I have no idea why you'd want to take something good and make it worse, BUT...

VLC appears to have the functionality you required.

VLC convert dialogue

Not a full answer, but hopefully something to start you off.

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Lol... I just finished a long tutorial answer with screenshots saying the exact same thing :P –  Nathan Osman Mar 16 '11 at 20:35
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