I need help (re: digital music files) (in Off-topic)

Goodfish September 10 2008 9:42 PM EDT

So, here's my dilemma.

I've been downloading huge compilations of videogame music via .psf archives (which is basically a super-compressed .mp3-esque file format with high quality but incredibly small filesize). My problem is that I can't convert them into .mp3's. I have a .psf emulator on WinAmp, which is how I play them, but I'd love to get them on my iPod. I already have a program that lets me convert any WinAmp file into a .wav, but I can't find anything to go from this to .mp3... with the exception of ridiculously pricey downloads. I'm not going to drop forty bucks just to listen to Chrono Cross music while I jog.

If anybody can help me out, that would be fantastic. Thanks.

Xiaz on Hiatus September 10 2008 9:48 PM EDT


I'm loving portable apps atm, this will do the wav to mp3 conversions.

Goodfish September 10 2008 10:08 PM EDT

Hmm. BonkEnc looks great so far, any clue if it can convert WMA files? iTunes won't play them, apparently they're protected, but I downloaded them in an archive for Super Mario World. Suggestions, or should I just delete them? :(

Xiaz on Hiatus September 10 2008 10:13 PM EDT

No chance with protected files, I've tried, but most of the files that you buy off itunes are protected and I haven't found a way to unlock them. Usually, the only way to play them is to have the licence. Converting them doesn't work, so I'd suggest finding another copy or try get the owner to unlock them for you.

j'bob September 10 2008 10:15 PM EDT

Did you already try converting the songs through the iTunes converter? I'm not sure if you can with the files you have, just thought I'd throw it out there to be helpful. :D

MonkeyMandate [Wasting Time] September 10 2008 10:17 PM EDT

I use MMConvert which is a free multimedia conversion app. I found it can convert what ever file that I want so long as I can play it on my computer. It has an option to convert to .wma so I assume that it can also convert from .wma to .mp3.

Goodfish September 10 2008 10:17 PM EDT

The iTunes converter is what clued me in to their protection. Pain in the neck, too.

[SIBT]Gardiner Amarth September 10 2008 10:20 PM EDT

You can burn the .wma files to an audio cd, then use Windows Media Player to rip them and encode them to another format, such as mp3. This has worked for me a bunch of times with protected .wma files.

[SIBT]Gardiner Amarth September 10 2008 10:21 PM EDT

Sorry for the double post, but if the .psf can be burned to a cd as audio, then this will work. I didn't read the entire post, my mistake.

Goodfish September 10 2008 10:28 PM EDT

The .psf can't, but thanks for the tip on the .wma files. I'll see what I can do about them. I've figured out I can turn the .psf's into .wav's, and MMConvert and BonkEnc both let me turn those into .mp3 files. Thanks guys!

RedWolf September 10 2008 10:34 PM EDT

It appears we have similar tastes in music.

Goodfish September 10 2008 10:38 PM EDT

I'm not *just* a video game music junkie...! ;)

RedWolf September 10 2008 10:39 PM EDT

Neither am I... :-P
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