Old 5th January 2008, 03:28   #1
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cannot find decoder

Could somebody please help me.

I was told to purchase Winamp in order to convert music files to MP3 format.

Everytime I try to convert a file to MP3 format I get an error "cannot find decoder".

Am I doing something wrong here?

The process I am using is:
Right click the file I want to convert
Go to send to
File Converter
Click "OK"
This is when I get the error.


I downloaded it on Wednesday, January 2. I installed it and have had this problem ever since. I checked the forums and everybody says to do a clean uninstall and then reinstall it and try again. I have done this three times and this has not solved the problem.

Please help.
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Old 5th January 2008, 03:36   #2
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And the file is an MP3 right? Not something like a WMA or some other silly format?

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Old 5th January 2008, 03:46   #3
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No, it is not an MP3 file. It is a WMA file that I am trying to convert to an MP3 file so I can put the music on my sons cell phone that doubles as an MP3 player.
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Old 5th January 2008, 04:03   #4
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Due to restrictions on the WMA format set forth by Microsoft, WMA files cannot be transcoded with Winamp.

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Old 5th January 2008, 04:11   #5
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I only have a few songs in this format. If I were to download them in some other format, would I then be able to convert them into MP3's.
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Old 5th January 2008, 04:18   #6
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Old 5th January 2008, 04:22   #7
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Winamp Pro can convert standard WMA (and OGG, FLAC, M4A, AAC, MP3) to MP3.

But it can't transcode DRM-protected WMA files to any other format,
i.e. wma files purchased from sites like napster and walmart, which require a drm license in order to play, and can only be played on the pc they were purchased/downloaded on.

Steer clear of drm.
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Old 5th March 2008, 23:29   #8
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Every single album I have, I ripped myself from CD and I still get "Cannot find decoder" on occasion, when using WinAmp 5.52 to convert WMA to MP3.
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