I have installed "Sound Converter" but I keep getting an error when I try to use it. It first tells me that I need a plugin that is not installed (so I have it search) then it reports "Failed to download repository information". I am able to install other software in the software center so what is wrong?

  • Do not ever transcode you sinner! You can convert from a lossless source, but don't you ever transcode from a lossy source!
    – Anonymous
    Nov 9, 2011 at 19:49
  • Would be nice to know if you are able to play these wma files
    – doug
    Nov 9, 2011 at 20:55

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Converting WMA to OGG in VLC

  • Open VLC Media Player; if you do not have VLC on your computer already, you can install it by opening a terminal window and typing "sudo apt-get install vlc."
  • Go to "Media" and "Convert/Save." You can also access the window by pressing "Ctrl" and "R" on your computer.
  • Click "Add" from under "File Selection" and select the WMA file that you want to convert.
  • Click the "Convert/Save" button.
  • Type the file name for the new OGG file in the "Destination File:" box, including the extension; for instance, "my_wma_filename.ogg."
  • Select the profile "Audio - Vorbis (OGG)" from under Settings.
  • Click "Start." Do not close VLC until the conversion is complete. It should be saved in your /home/username directory.

Converting WMA to OGG Using Dir2OGG

  • Install dir2ogg by typing "sudo apt-get install dir2ogg" in a new terminal window.
  • Type "dir2ogg my_wma_filename.wma" in the terminal window once installation is completed. Make sure that your WMA file is in the /home/username directory, and remove any spaces from the file name.
  • If converting a directory, use dir2ogg -a /path/to/dir
  • Close the terminal window once the conversion is complete. The display will read "Done encoding file "/home/username/my_wma_filename.ogg" along with the file length, elapsed time, rate and average bit rate. The "my_wma_filename.ogg" file will in the same folder as the original WMA file.
  • Note that dir2ogg needs the mplayer package to be installed to convert WMA files.
    – Fla
    Oct 14, 2017 at 10:54

Install the restricted codecs support packages and try again, press Alt+F2 or in a terminal run this:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg

or look for these packages in Ubuntu Software Centre.


Run the following in a terminal to install Sound Converter:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo apt-get install soundconverter

Sound Converter is easy and simple to use. Not to mention really quick too.

  • 2
    The person who posted the question said this was what they tried and it didn't work for them because of a "missing plugin". Can you please reread the question and edit your answer with advice on how to fix this? Nov 9, 2011 at 20:37

Convert Audio, Video, Image And Document Files With FF Multi Converter

FF Multi Converter supports the following formats:

audio/video: aac, ac3, afc, aiff, amr, asf, au, avi, dvd, flac, flv, mka, mkv, mmf, mov, mp3, mp4, mpg, ogg, ogv, psp, rm, spx, vob, wav, webm, wma, wmv;

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Install FF Multi Converter in Ubuntu

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ffmulticonverter/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ffmulticonverter


  • I found FF Multi converter very buggy on my machine and I would avoid using it.
    – FredFury
    Aug 24, 2016 at 5:09

You can convert it with


Install via the software center

sudo apt-get install transmageddon

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Ensure that you have installed:


If you have, then your wma files are likely encrypted, which means you would have to burn them to a CD on Windows, and then rip them to Ubuntu again.

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