'buntu 8.04 Program to Convert .wma to mp3

Tony Sivori TonySivori at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 6 19:18:33 UTC 2009

I have an Olympus digital voice recorder that records files in wma format
only. I already have the necessary codes to play the files, but I want to
convert them to mp3 so I can edit them with Adacity.

My OS is Kubuntu 8.04, with all updates installed.

I've tried OggConvert and it won't convert wma files. So I installed Sound
Converter. When I try to start Sound Converter from the multimedia menu,
the program fails to start.

Starting it from the shell didn't work either, but at least it provides a

tony at invalid:~$ soundconverter
SoundConverter 1.0.1
  using Gstreamer version: 0.10.18, Python binding version: 0.10.11
required gstreamer element 'decodebin' not found.

A google of the error suggests that I might need to install lame. I would
have gone ahead and done that, but I seem to recall a lot of posts saying
lame messed up system sound. Adding to my concern is that Adept failed to
recognize lame as a dependency, or maybe Adept didn't install lame for a

Suggestions are welcome.

Tony Sivori
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