Converting AAC to MP3

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by Gavzilla2003, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. Gavzilla2003 macrumors newbie

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    I have a 15GB iPod for windows and I am trying to convert AAC files (which are on my iPod) to MP3 files so I can transfer them on to my computer. Is there a way to do this with windows.
     
  2. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Are these iTunes Music Store AACs (protected) or ones you did? If they're protected you have to burn them to an audio CD and then rip them as mp3. I don't know of any other way. If they're AACs you encoded, then whatever you used (Quicktime I would assume) should be able to convert them. iTunes will do it, but you said you wanted to use Windows so I'm not sure.

    Hmm...now I re-read your post and wonder. Why do you have to convert them to get them off the iPod? There are utilities that will transfer them (at least a dozen for Mac, must be some Windows as well). Or did I misunderstand something?
     
  3. King Cobra macrumors 603

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    Shareware: Quicktime Pro 6.3

    The best of luck searching for any other quality shareware or even freeware AAC converters. They aren't easy to find.
     
  4. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Another thing about converting AAC to mp3--you're tinkering with a file that's already compressed and you'll lose some sound quality. I got excited about AAC and ripped a few hundred of my CDs. Then I discovered that Tivo won't play AAC (I stream my mp3s from my Mac to the Tivo, which is connected to the home theater). So rather than re-rip all my CDs I converted them to mp3 in iTunes. They sounded pretty crappy. I might just have good ears--I can tell the difference between CD and vinyl--but that was an unacceptable loss of quality. I ended up re-ripping everything.
     
  5. Nermal Moderator

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    Some people notice these sorts of things. I used to download MP3s from Napster (remember Napster? :p) and make standard audio CDs from them. I could then rip the CD into MP3, and I couldn't tell the difference.

    The other day I was listening to some 192k MP3s and they sounded fine. Then I listened to a proper CD, then back to the MP3s and they suddenly sounded terrible! I guess the "purer" sound of the CD made the MP3s sound worse or something.
     

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