WMA file conversion to MP3

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I've tried two different utilities to do the conversion of music files from WMA to MP3 format. (I want to make a CD with a few hours of listening rather than carry a number of CDs) In each case the file conversion has worked OK BUT the MP3 files are almost exactly twice as big as the WMA files whereas I expected them to be much smaller. In the conversion I accepted the default bit rate of 128. I'm running Windows XP. Any ideas?
 
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There is no appreciable difference between the size of MP3 files and WMA files--the latter are copyright protected. No one here will help you with that conversion and its not necessary anyway since if you have legal wma files, they can be burned to CD.
 

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I DO have legal WMA files on CDs and hard drive but, as explained, I don't want to have to carry a stack of CDs - hence the desire to create a CD with several hours of listening.
 
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If your mp3's are bigger than your .wma's then the bitrate of your wma's must have been a lot smaller than the 128 you went with for the conversion to mp3. Converting wma to mp3, both of which are 'lossy' types of file compression in the first place, will reduce quality further. You are much better off re-ripping your cd's to mp3 directly.
 
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