How to Convert RA to MP3 for Google Music
RA, short for Real Audio, is the proprietary audio format by RealNetworks. It's mainly used for online streaming audio. If you usually hear and download online music, you will probably have lots of audio files in .RA, R or .RAM file extensions. Now you are using Google Music to store all your collection, and the problem occurs: Google Music explicitly claims not to support RA audio format.
As far as you know, Google Music fully supports MP3 format. So by converting RA to MP3, all your RA music will be safely uploaded to Google Music. But which software converts RA to MP3 with high quality. Here I humbly recommend Wondershare Video Converter, which does a good job of RA to MP3 conversion, retaining the original audio quality. Download a free trial here.
Easily Convert RA to MP3 to Upload to Google Music
Download and install Video Converter. And then, just only 3 steps are required to convert RA to Google Music MP3.
Step 1: Add RA to MP3 Converter
You could directly drag and drop RA files from its folder to the program, or click the "Add Files"' button to import RA files. Note that the RA audio files could be in these file extensions: .r, .ra, .ram, .rm, etc. Besides the RA format, popular formats like WAV, APE, AC3, M4A, M4P, M4A, M4B, and WMA are also supported.
Step 2: RA to MP3 Settings
It's ideal to set 320kpbs MP3 as the output format for Google Music. Hence, open the "Output Format" format list, and click on the MP3 thumbnail under "Format">"Audio" subcategory. Then click "Settings" option on the "Output Format" pane to choose 320 kbps from Bit Rate list . The higher the bitrate is, the larger MP3 files will be created, but you get the better audio quality.
Step 3: Start Converting RA to MP3 for Google Music
Now It's safe to hit the "Convert" button to convert all the RA files in the queue to MP3 files almost without any quality loss. The time of RA to MP3 conversion depends on the number of RA files, but Video Converter converts audio files in fast speed. Just sit back and wait. Finally, use the official Google Music Manager to upload high quality MP3 files to Google Music.
What's RA Audio Format?
RealAudio (RA) is a proprietary audio format released in April 1995 by RealNetwords company. In the next decent years, many online radio stations use RealAudio format to stream music in real time. For instance, BBC website heavily used RealAudio to broadcast their programs online. However, RealAudio gave way to more popular audio formats these years, such as M4A and WMA. To play RealAudio files, you can use its default program: RealPlayer.
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