How to Play WMA Files on Mac

If you’re a Windows user, then you will be familiar with Windows Media Audio (.WMA) files. However, when it comes to Macs, there is no simple way to play them because Quicktime, the default player on Mac, does not support WMA files.

It can be quite inconvenient when you want to play WMA files on mac. So, how do you open them? What’s the solution? Well, worry not because in this guide, we will go over several media players that can play WMA files on Mac, then we will also talk about another simple way to play such files.

Let’s get started.

Methods to play WMA Files on Mac

Even though this might look like a hassle at first, the best way to play WMA files on mac is to use a third-party media player. Especially if you will be dealing with such files regularly. 

But there are so many players out there to choose from, which one should you go for? Well, let’s discuss the top 5 media players that support WMA files on Mac to help you make the best decision.

1. VLC Media Player

VLC is an open-source media player that works on many operating systems including Mac, Windows, Linus, iOS, and Android. It’s a great player that supports many file formats including WMA. It also gives you the option to convert your media files into multiple formats. VLC’s high customizability combined with its plethora of features has made it popular among the users.

It comes with a very basic interface that can make the user experience feel outdated. If you can look past that, then VLC media player should be your choice of player to play WMA files on mac. To download it, follow these steps:

  • Go to the VideoLAN website from Safari.
  • Click on Download VLC.
  • Go to the download location, and open the file. It will be named something like vlc-x.x.x.dmg.
  • Once its contents have been verified, the file will open.
  • Drag and drop the VLC icon into the Applications folder.
  • Once it has finished copying, double-click on VLC Media Player to open it.
  • In the warning dialog box, click Open.

After following these steps, VLC will be opened on your Mac. From here you can use it to play WMA files by heading over to File > Choose File and then selecting the WMA file you want to play.

Alternatively, you can also right-click on the WMA file, then click Get Info, and in the Open With section, choose VLC from the drop-down menu.

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2. Cisdem Video Player

You can also go with Cisdem Video Player as it can also play WMA files on mac. It is a free, lightweight and easy to use media player that can play high definition 8k videos. On top of that, it also comes with a variety of features like support for external subtitles, multiple soundtracks, and smart playlists.

Other than WMA files, Cisdem Video Player also supports more than 50 formats. Overall, it is a great video player for daily use. You can also upgrade to the pro version and use the conversion feature to convert the file formats of different media files.

Cisdem Video Player is only available on Mac OS X 10.10 or higher so if you are running a lower version then you cannot use it. You can download it from this link and follow the same steps we have discussed above to install it onto your Mac.

You can play WMA files on mac by choosing File > Open. You can also drag and drop the WMA files onto the main interface of the player directly. If you want to update to the pro version and access the conversion feature, then follow these steps:

  • Head over to the Cisdem Video Player website and select a subscription plan.
  • Once you have purchased the pro version, open the Cisdem Video Player from the Applications folder.
  • On the top-right corner, click on the key icon.
  • Enter your license code in the Activation window. 
  • Click Activate.

That’s it, now you have activated the pro version of Cisdem Video Player.

3. 5KPlayer

5KPlayer is another great media player that can play WMA files on mac. It uses hardware acceleration to boost playback speeds by utilizing your Mac’s graphic card and CPU. Which means it can play 4K videos without any hiccups. Other than that, it also supports AirPlay so you can mirror the contents of your iPhone/iPad onto your Mac.

Just like other media players, it also gives you the option to select different audio tracks and external subtitles. Another feature that makes 5KPlayer stand out from the rest is that you can download videos from more than 300 websites including Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion. It also allows you to convert these videos into audios or other file formats for free.

In short, 5KPlayer comes loaded with features that makes it easy to download and play audio and video files of various formats. You can even play 360° videos and DVDs on it. However, its user-interface looks outdated and cramped, making the player feel old fashioned.

You can download 5KPlayer from this website and install it using the steps we have discussed above. Once installed, you can play WMA files on it by following these steps:

  • Right-click on the main interface.
  • Select Open Media File.
  • Navigate to the WMA file you want to play.
  • Click Open

You can also play WMA files by dragging and dropping them onto the main interface of 5KPlayer.

4. KMPlayer

If you have not settled on the above media players, then you can also choose KMPlayer to play WMA files. It is an all-rounder media player that supports a wide range of file formats. You can also use it to play Blu-ray, DVDs, and 4K Ultra HD videos. One feature that makes KMPlayer stand out from the competition is its capability to edit videos. You can color grade a playing video by changing its HUE, brightness, contrast and white balance.

KMPlayer also gives you the option to directly rewind or fast forward 5-30sec by setting an accurate time point. Other than that, it is also equipped with advanced tools like slideshow creator that makes it popular among light video editors.

KMPlayer has managed to squeeze in as many features as possible for free. However, it comes with lots of annoying ads that can make the user experience quite terrible. There are non-removable ads and pop-ups everywhere from the dedicated side panels to the options panels.

You can download and install KMPlayer from this site. Once it is installed, you can follow the steps discussed above to play WMA files on it.

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5. Vidmore Player

You can also choose Vidmore Player to play .WMA files as it supports a lot of file formats. It is a great media player with a minimalistic user-interface that makes the user experience quite pleasing and welcoming.

It delivers great performance because of its impressive playback options. You can easily navigate to any part of the audio, change or add external subtitles, switch between audio tracks, change screen size, and edit your videos by changing gamma, saturation, contrast, brightness and HUE.

In short, it is a complete package that caters to all of your media player needs. However, it is only available as a free trial and you will have to pay $29.95/month once the trial ends.

Head over to this website to download and install Vidmore Player. You can easily play .WMA files on it by following the steps discussed above.

6. Convert .WMA File to MP3 

Using a third-party media player to play .WMA files on Mac is a great way if you have lots of .WMA files to play or if you’ll be dealing with them on a daily basis. However, if it’s only for once and you just have to play a single .WMA file on your Mac, then downloading and installing a third-party media player can take a lot of time.

So, to avoid that, you can simply convert the .WMA file into a .MP3 file and play it using Quicktime. This can be done by using any online audio converter:

  • Head over to this website from Safari.
  • Upload the .WMA file by clicking Open Files. You can also upload it from Google Drive, Dropbox, or URL.
  • Click on MP3 to select it as the output audio format.
  • Edit the audio file with advanced settings, quality, and track info according to your needs.
  • Finally, click on Convert to download the audio file in .MP3 format. 

Now you can play the newly converted .MP3 file using Quicktime. If you have downloaded VLC media player, and you still want to convert the .WMA file into .MP3 format, then you can do so by following these steps:

  • Open VLC Media Player from the Applications folder.
  • Navigate to File > Convert/Stream from the top of your screen.
  • In the new window, select Open media and choose the .WMA file. Alternatively, you can also drag and drop the file onto it.
  • In the output format list, select Audio – MP3.
  • Click on Save as File.
  • Rename the new MP3 file and select a destination location.
  • Click on Go.

After following these steps, the new .MP3 file will be saved in the destination folder.

Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq is a digital Evangelist having right commands on writing, also he is a web developer. He has a BS(Computer Science) and now he is Full-Time writer of TechanZone.

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