Any hacks/programs to transfer my iTunes music to non-iPod player?

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  1. Apple!Freak macrumors 6502a

    Apple!Freak

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    I just purchased a third MP3 player which is infact not an iPod. Problem is I have all of my entire music libary stored in iTunes encoded in AAC. My question is, is there a program or a hack that I can run that will take the AAC encoded songs and process them back to an unecoded state whereas I can transfer the songs to an MP3 player other than an iPod?

    Any help you could provide with this, will be much appreciated!
     
  2. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    Can you not drag the iTunes library/music files into the music player?
    I think my real question is - if you use iTunes, why in the hell didn't you get an iPod - did you want to make things hard on yourself? :confused:
    Telling us what mp3 player it is would probably help too! :p
     
  3. taeclee99 macrumors 6502a

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    You can use iTunes to re-encode your unprotected aac files to another format like mp3, wav, aiff, etc. Go to the importing tab under preferences in iTunes and specify what format you want. Then right click on the files in your iTunes library and select "convert selection to..."

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

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    And if any of your music was purchased at iTMS, I believe you will have to burn the files as audio (not mp3/aac) and bring them back up.
     
  5. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    "Its plug and play, not plug and get mad" ;)
     
  6. Apple!Freak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What the hell? That actually worked, haha. So what is this talk about AAC files not being compatible with players other than the iPod?

    Thanks to all of you guys for your help!
     
  7. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    There are quite a few digital audio players out there that are compatible with AAC, as it's an open format. It's the "Protected AAC" files that come from the iTMS music store that are only playable on the iPod (and in iTunes of course). "Protected AAC" files are AAC files which have DRM (Digital Rights Management) embedded in them to control what can and can't be done with them. Put simply, they're copy protected to prevent piracy. Regular AAC files you rip yourself from CD are not restricted in any way as to what you can do with them.
     
  8. Apple!Freak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually the protected AAC files are working with my non-iPod player as well. It's very odd indeed.
     
  9. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Are you sure about this? What player is it?
     

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