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Davof82
Feb 1, 2007, 11:26 AM
iTunes will not let you convert AAC to MP3. I was wondering if anyone knew of a good free converter that will allow me to do this.



bousozoku
Feb 1, 2007, 11:30 AM
It's possible to convert unprotected files but you'd likely be losing even more sound information.

If you're asking how to convert protected AAC files, please don't.

roland.g
Feb 1, 2007, 11:31 AM
Go into iTunes preferences and under Advanced tab select Importing tab and change import using AAC encoder to MP3 encoder. Then under then main menus, Advanced, select Convert Selection to MP3. It will leave the original and make an MP3 version.

You cannot do this with protected AAC from the store.

I have had to do this because my wife has a SWIMP3 goggles player that only uses MP3 and we have all our CDs in AAC, so I convert what she needs to MP3 before dragging them into her player.

zag1th
Feb 7, 2007, 10:24 AM
I am perplexed. I recently started using iTunes - I know I am a slacker. Overall I am very pleased. My wife uses the iPod, I listen to the music via iTunes on my PC. Recently I got a different player - iRiver that requires MP3. Well since I had several of my CDs in iTunes as unprotected AAC files I found that I could just convert them to MP3. With a few quick strokes of the keyboard - Viola! I had MP3, I uploaded them to my iRiver and then realized that every single song has approx. 4 seconds cut off at the end of the song. Whats up with that? Did I do something wrong? Please help or provide advise how to fix this.

Thanks in advance.

macphoenix
Jul 12, 2009, 06:39 AM
Right clicking on one or a multiple of songs in the iTunes music library or even in a playlist will bring up the option to convert a song or songs to MP3

MatthewAMEL
Feb 22, 2010, 09:36 AM
Sorry about the thread resurrection, but I just wanted to thank roland.g for that tip.

Awesome and worked perfectly to get 175 songs burned for my Dad's car.

Thanks!

InfoSecmgr
Feb 22, 2010, 11:50 AM
Sox Wrap

http://www.waveformsoftware.com/waveform/sox_wrap

Blush3250
Jul 26, 2010, 02:45 PM
Go into iTunes preferences and under Advanced tab select Importing tab and change import using AAC encoder to MP3 encoder. Then under then main menus, Advanced, select Convert Selection to MP3. It will leave the original and make an MP3 version.

You cannot do this with protected AAC from the store.

I have had to do this because my wife has a SWIMP3 goggles player that only uses MP3 and we have all our CDs in AAC, so I convert what she needs to MP3 before dragging them into her player.




Thank you! This was so helpful.

summertree002
Jul 27, 2010, 11:34 PM
iTunes will not let you convert AAC to MP3.

yes, because it is protect the copyrights of the songs musics and videos stored on iPod.

Labaguette
Jul 29, 2010, 03:11 AM
unfortunately some people just didn't get (yet) that all songs bought since may 2009 (i believe) don't have DRM any more. they are 256kbit/s AAC files with m4a extension (no m4p any more) that can be played on virtually any device (SonyEricsson, HTC phones, etc.) and be shared with anyone. even the music videos are freed from DRM.

regards, Baguette

UpDownAeroplane
Aug 1, 2010, 11:56 PM
yep, all music on the itunes store is DRM free. don't convert one lossy format to another! it will sound even worse than it did before!

DealerQueen
Aug 2, 2010, 09:03 AM
what about Adobe Audition or Sound Forge?

greecelvyou
Aug 4, 2010, 08:24 PM
i know Adobe Audition has different versions.

cgjonesy
Oct 25, 2010, 05:36 AM
so how do you EASILY convert pre 2009 purchased music to mp3.I would like to convert some tracks I bought in 2008, itunes 9.2.1 wont do it, although music bought this year converts easily

dXTC
Oct 25, 2010, 09:12 AM
so how do you EASILY convert pre 2009 purchased music to mp3.I would like to convert some tracks I bought in 2008, itunes 9.2.1 wont do it, although music bought this year converts easily

Circumventing DRM and other activities that may qualify as piracy are frowned upon in these forums.

A Google search would probably give you a step-by-step, though...

yep, all music on the itunes store is DRM free. don't convert one lossy format to another! it will sound even worse than it did before!

That wouldn't have helped roland.g with his SwiMP3, though. There are music players that are restricted to MP3 format, and in those cases, compatibility trumps sound quality. For example, I use a process exactly like roland.g's tip to help fill my daughter's Sansa Shaker, which plays only MP3 files (it won't even play WMA).

Brucewl
Oct 26, 2010, 04:22 AM
Did iTunes really can't convert AAC to MP3? I remember that I did it before...

dXTC
Oct 26, 2010, 08:15 AM
Did iTunes really can't convert AAC to MP3? I remember that I did it before...

It can now, but back when the music in the iTunes store had DRM, this wasn't allowed-- and in fact is still not allowed on music bought with DRM.

Brucewl
Nov 1, 2010, 04:41 AM
It can now, but back when the music in the iTunes store had DRM, this wasn't allowed-- and in fact is still not allowed on music bought with DRM.

Ok, I got it, Just like me had a video with drm and haven't got password, but I really want to watch it!

SpinCoach
Dec 4, 2010, 05:37 AM
Go into iTunes preferences and under Advanced tab select Importing tab and change import using AAC encoder to MP3 encoder. Then under then main menus, Advanced, select Convert Selection to MP3. It will leave the original and make an MP3 version.

You cannot do this with protected AAC from the store.

I have had to do this because my wife has a SWIMP3 goggles player that only uses MP3 and we have all our CDs in AAC, so I convert what she needs to MP3 before dragging them into her player.

Good tip 'Roland'. This works. All the old CD's I imported to my mac, I now needed to also be able to play on a simpler small device which unfortunately only reads mp3. Going back to iTunes Preferences was the key step I'd missed.Thanks.

Brucewl
Dec 6, 2010, 08:57 PM
Actually, iTunes can do what you want

Sparky9292
Dec 27, 2010, 12:04 AM
so how do you EASILY convert pre 2009 purchased music to mp3.I would like to convert some tracks I bought in 2008, itunes 9.2.1 wont do it, although music bought this year converts easily

Simply burn the tracks to CD format, then re-rip as MP3's. This works with protected AAC tracks.

dime21
Dec 27, 2010, 02:02 PM
Circumventing DRM and other activities that may qualify as piracy are frowned upon in these forums.

LOL, what? He wants to use his own legally purchased music on his own legally purchased device. It is not illegal to cure your files of their DRM infection, for compatibility purposes. It's called "Fair use". (It is only illegal to distribute copies to others).

It's pretty crass to suggest that someone is a "pirate" for wanting to listen to their own legally purchased music.

Simply burn the tracks to CD format, then re-rip as MP3's. This works with protected AAC tracks.
And instead of wasting 100 blank CD's, just use a single CD-RW. You can erase it and burn new stuff onto it over and over again.

strider42
Dec 27, 2010, 02:46 PM
LOL, what? He wants to use his own legally purchased music on his own legally purchased device. It is not illegal to cure your files of their DRM infection, for compatibility purposes. It's called "Fair use". (It is only illegal to distribute copies to others).

It's pretty crass to suggest that someone is a "pirate" for wanting to listen to their own legally purchased music.

You might want to read the DMCA. Whether you think it should be illegal or not, it absolutely is illegal to circumvent DRM, even for your own personal use. Sorry. Fair use is a separate issue from circumventing DRM

dime21
Dec 27, 2010, 02:57 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FAIR_USE_Act

"This bill seeks to return many fair use rights to citizens, specifically those relating to copy protection and the circumvention thereof."

strider42
Dec 27, 2010, 05:18 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FAIR_USE_Act

"This bill seeks to return many fair use rights to citizens, specifically those relating to copy protection and the circumvention thereof."

I can't find any evidence that this bill passed. I can only find that it was proposed three years ago. Any further info?

stordoff
Dec 27, 2010, 10:32 PM
I'm not convinced that the CD burn and rip method is technically violating the DMCA. The DRM allows you to burn to a CD, and (admittedly it's a grey area) ripping a CD is considered fair use.

Mala
Mar 11, 2011, 12:37 PM
I'm trying to convert an AAC file.

I used a LiveScribe Pulse pen to record a long meeting, and my sister, who has lately developed a certain amount of deafness, is trying to transcribe it, but it's full of hiss. I'd like to convert it to an mp3 so she can play it on various different software types and make it louder.

For some reason, iTunes refuses to open it, though it plays fine in QuickTime. But QuickTime doesn't seem able to convert files...

dXTC
Mar 12, 2011, 05:03 PM
EDIT: Oops, sorry for necro'ing this thread and rehashing the DRM discussion. (Mods, feel free to delete.)

neocodesoftware
Mar 19, 2011, 06:27 PM
from http://neocodesoftware.blogspot.com/2011/03/how-to-convert-aac-to-mp3-on-mac-os-x.html

1. install VLC
3. create a file called convert.sh on your desktop ie. ~/Desktop/convert.sh
4. chmod +x convert.sh
5. make the contents of convert.sh


#!/bin/sh

vlc="/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC"
ext="mp3"
dst="/Users/[your name]/Desktop/"

for a in *$fmt; do
$vlc -I dummy -vvv "./$a" --sout "#transcode{acodec=mp3,ab=128,channels=2,samplerate=44100}:std{mux=raw,dst=\"$dst$a.$ext\",access=file}" vlc://quit
done


6. open terminal and cd to folder that has your AAC music files ie. ~/Desktop/AAC
7. then type ~/Desktop/convert.sh *.aac
8. sit back and relax as the files are converted

Notes
http://wiki.videolan.org/How_to_Batch_Encode
http://wiki.videolan.org/Documentation:Streaming_HowTo_New#Example_commandline:_Converting_an_audio_file_to_a_MP3_file

alex39
Nov 15, 2011, 11:46 PM
I've been using iTunes to convert aac to mp3 (http://www.mp3converter-mac.com/aac-to-mp3-converter-for-mac/) for years, but in the new iTunes 10.5 I can no longer find the import options in the preference menu, and right clicking only allows converting to AAC. Am I missing something? Any help out there?

gnasher729
Nov 16, 2011, 05:54 AM
I've been using iTunes to convert aac to mp3 (http://www.mp3converter-mac.com/aac-to-mp3-converter-for-mac/) for years, but in the new iTunes 10.5 I can no longer find the import options in the preference menu, and right clicking only allows converting to AAC. Am I missing something? Any help out there?

On my iTunes it's in the Preferences under "General", right of "When inserting CD...".

v3nt
Aug 2, 2013, 10:20 AM
trying this code and its pretty amazing! It works fine but seems to remove all the song details.

And how could it be edited to place the new files in the same folder as the source or even delete the source after completed?


vlc="/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC"
ext="m4a"
dst="/Users/jynk/Desktop/"

for a in *$fmt; do
$vlc -I dummy -vvv "./$a" --sout "#transcode{acodec= mpga,ab=256,channels=2,samplerate=44100}:std{mux=raw,dst=\"$dst$a.$ext\",access=file}" vlc://quit
done

gnasher729
Aug 2, 2013, 12:18 PM
You might want to read the DMCA. Whether you think it should be illegal or not, it absolutely is illegal to circumvent DRM, even for your own personal use. Sorry. Fair use is a separate issue from circumventing DRM

Burning music on a CD, using functionality that is built into the iTunes, is not circumventing DRM. To "circumvent" DRM, you have to do something that a normal user wouldn't be able to do, or buy / download tools doing things that normally cannot be done. If you click on an album, then click on "Burn to CD", and iTunes just does it, then you're not circumventing any DRM.

Or let's say you buy a CD that supposedly is protected by DRM. You put it into your Mac, like any other CD, click on "Import" in iTunes and it gets imported - if that is what happens, then the "DRM" is not effective, so you are not circumventing it.