MPEG-4 to MP3

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by AJ's Apple, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2006
    Is there something I can use to extract the audio from an MPEG-4 file (iTunes video) and convert it to MP3?

    I bought a video just for the music, and iTunes won't let me burn it. I will NOT do that again!! (Thanks Apple!)

    I tried ffmpegX, but I'm not having any luck here.
  2. macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2005
    Belfast, N. Ireland
    MPEG Streamclip might do the job. You'll find it on versiontracker or macupdate.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2005
    You could use something like Wiretap Pro to capture the audio. I would guess you'll have trouble extracting the audio in a protected file.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2006
    Thanks. I'm not familiar with all the audio/video formats. Just irritating because the song does no good if I can't put it on an audio disk, which I should have the right to do since I paid for it. Nevertheless...

    I tried the Streamclip and couldn't figure it out. The second one I'm downloading. If it will do what I want, I'll buy it. I can think of a few other used for it.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2005
    The non-pro Wiretap used to be free but I think the current Pro will still do what you want using its free trial mode anyway :)
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2006
    Not any more. I get a message that told me the AIFF file (the only one I tried) will be covered with a "must register" recording. Sure enough, it was. Only, the recording that the software company used sounds horible. If that's the only expample of the finished result, I'm not so sure I'll buy it.

    Have you actually used it to do this?
  7. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2005
    Hmm. Weird. after a bit of investigation it seems you might need the original version as well for the free recording... that's annoying, sorry! If you could find version 1.0 online and download that, it should work, but you might need both versions installed for it to work in tiger apparently.

    I have both installed, just tried using version 1 and it worked fine to record an iTunes music video.
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2006
    Well, did a search and found some sites with the 1.0 version, but the links are no longer any good or the server is no longer making it availabe.

    So, no version 1.0 anymore.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
  10. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2005
    AJ's Apple, check your PMs, I sent you a link.

    It really won't. It just spits outs a second of nothing, at least on the one I tried. The audio in the iTunes file is protected AAC.
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2006
    That's the same problem I have. The progress window shows the progress bar move to finish on less than two seconds, then dings. But, the finished format has no information (no bytes). I tried it another way and it did take longer, but still no music. iTunes will recognize this one, but there is no time, so there's nothing to play. I have all three whatchamacallits installed. I did exactly as the instruction web-pages indicate. I think you have to just about be able to write the software to use it.
  12. CLM
    macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2006
    I have the say problem!

    Would try to convert a file but all it does is make a file with nothing in it. and takes 2 seceonds to do which is a bit suss?

    Does anyone have an idea. im running a powerbook power pc G4.
    i even paid that rego on it.
  13. macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2006
    #13 Switch is a great little app and I use it all the time to make ytmnds. Drag and drop and quick converting to mp3, wav etc.

    That should take care of all your needs.

    If you are trying to go straight from a dvd it might not work until you rip it. What I do is I rip a dvd with [ Handbrake then import the resulting file into iMovie to make quick cuts and .mov conversion. Then when you export you can choose to just export the sound by unchecking the video box under Expert Settings. Take the .mov sound file and you can convert that with Switch to whatever you need. Hope that helps!

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