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Playing WMA files on the Fire

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Initial post: Jun 9, 2012 11:37:20 AM PDT
Leumas says:
Is there an APP available for the Fire that would play WMA files?

These are the format for music files created by the Windows system and can be played on many MP3 player devices....but the Fire's MP3 player does not support them.

Is there an app that can play WMA files as well as MP3 files.

Also the Fire's MP3 player does not seem to support creation of play lists and one has to choose the songs one by one from the various albums..... it would be great to have an APP that can play MP3s as well as WMAs and also supports the creation of PLAY LISTS so as to be able to play a collection of songs from various artists together in one session.

Anyone knows of such an app please?

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 11:47:04 AM PDT
Leumas says:
The Fire's MP3 player DOES have the facility for creating play lists... I was wrong... I just found it by using my eyes for a change.

So all I need now is WMA support.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 12:14:22 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
Use a free conversion program and turn your WMA files into MP3. It is not hard to do and works great.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 12:16:16 PM PDT
Leumas says:
Do you have a link to such a program.... thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2012 10:23:48 PM PDT
WMA files are Windows files so they don't play on a Kindle. You may be able to convert, though.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 8:21:37 PM PDT
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MOzarkian says:
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Posted on Dec 28, 2012 10:09:25 PM PST
I know this post is late by about six months. I had the same problem. Windows Media Player ripped CD audio files as WMA files. The Kindle Fire won't play WMA. Then I ripped the CD files in MP3 format and copied them to the Kindle. This worked. Good luck!

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 12:37:09 PM PDT
If you go into options for windows media player you can change the settings so it will rip in MP3 formate. You can easily drag and drop the ripped files right onto your kindle then.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 1:30:43 PM PDT
Good news. WMA supported on Kindle Fire using GoneMAD Music Player Trial app. I have just tried and works very well. So don't lose your time with wma-to-mp3 conversion, just buy this app and enjoy the beauty of Kindle Fire.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 1:39:04 PM PDT
A good news, GoneMAD Music Player app allows you to play WMA files on your Kindle Fire. So you don't have to go through all the trouble converting files to mp3. Many times, file conversion does not lose meta data about converted tracks. So if you're like me who want to keep all meta data related to wma tracks, then THIS IS THE APP you definitevely need.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013 8:28:19 PM PDT
Sparky says:
Yes it does work. Download the free trial , version good for 2 weeks, and check it out before you buy.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 1:31:55 PM PDT
dstss says:
I have been trying to figure out how to download audiobooks in WMA format from Overdrive (public library digital materials). Will the GoneMAD Music Player work for those? Not very tech savy, I fear, and having a heck of a time figuring out how to access the audiobooks I have reserved. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 8:49:38 PM PDT
Thanks for the rec. GoneMAD does work for WMA audio and even has a good interface.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 9:33:25 PM PDT
Dawn says:
Thanks for the GoneMAD recommendation- has anyone figured out how to play overdrive (library) books using this app?

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 8:59:11 PM PST
has anyone figured out how to play WMA overdrive (library) books using this app?

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 11:29:48 PM PDT
Jay Deepee says:
Downloaded trial version of GoneMAD, but clueless how to use it now that it's onboard. It appears OverDrive will not even download the WMA version to my Kindle anyway. How do we make this work? Anyone, Anyone?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2014 11:48:04 AM PDT
I converted to MP3 using windows media, but when I try to put it on the Kindle Fire HD it says that the license for this does not allow it to be transferred to a portable device. I got the file from the library and I have downloaded other files (as MP3) to kindle

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 1:08:24 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
There are a number of players that will play WMA files on the Fire. I haven't used one in a couple of years so I don't remember which but I do remember when I looked into it there were several choices.

You can also use a lot of video players to play WMA files, even though they're just audio. If I remember right VPlayer plays them.

I would think twice about converting the WMA to MP3 unless they're in very good condition, or if you have the originals to convert directly to MP3 from. These are lossy files, meaning a little bit of quality lost with each conversion. If the WMA files are 256 kbs or better and really sound excellent they might convert well enough to MP3 to be okay. They won't be as good, since each conversion loses more sound information. By the way, a lot of people try to get around this by converting to a higher bitrate. Don't! The loss is the same. You just get a larger file.

If the bitrate on the WMA files is less than about 160 kbs I wouldn't bother trying to convert them. At 160kbs some WMA files will convert okay and others won't sound very good.

If you have the original CDs they were converted from you might want to convert them to MP3. That works very nicely.

Another thing, WMA is the default format that Windows Media Player converts to but you can change it to convert to MP3. You can also use 3rd party software and do it more easily and get a better quality conversion. Windows Media Player doesn't do a bad job but there are better to be had and the prices are very low. They're also easier to use. Take a look at dbPowerAmp, which is pretty inexpensive, a snap to use and does a beautiful job. It also uses the Lame CODEC, which is the best there is.

Another good one that also uses Lame is CDEX. It's free and does an excellent job and is probably the easiest program to use for conversions ever made.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2015 8:37:50 AM PST
Kenyth Ward says:
You can convert using iTunes

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2016 2:47:02 AM PDT
C G says:
On some overdrive books you can choose kindle edition.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2016 4:58:12 AM PDT
Taco Monster says:
Good idea when the mp3 link leads to a download. Today I'm dealing with one that creates a pop-up into a player. In my Kindle HD7, the pop-up has info of the object to be played, but of course nothing happens. On my PC the pop-up allows only pauses, no fast fwd for example.
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