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Need to convert .m4a to .mp3

Discussion in 'iPod' started by fstfrwrd, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

    I have about 5000 songs in iTunes.
    Some of them in .m4a, some of them in .mp3

    I want to convert all my .m4a songs to .mp3 because the media system in my car only supports .mp3
    (i'm putting them on a 32GB usb pen drive)

    what's the quickest/easiest way to do this?

    (i could just convert all my songs, but this would take ages and isn't necessary ... unless i have no other option of course)

    btw, i'm on a mac, if that matters
  2. macrumors 603


    Assuming you understand the loss in quality that will occur...

    1) Make a new Smart Playlist. Kind: MP3
    2) Select them all
    3) Convert!
  3. macrumors regular


    do that, but before, go to preferences, and change the encoding to mp3, whatever bit rate.
  4. macrumors regular

    sorry, but i can't get the smart playlists tto work properly

    whenever i make a smart playlist with 'kind contains m4a' the list turns up empty.
  5. macrumors regular


    you can just select all your songs, and convert, it will just change the m4as to mp3s and upconvert/downconvert the mp3s so you will have all mp3s at one bit rate. make shure you have your settings right.
  6. macrumors 603


    I'm away from my Mac so I can't help you exactly... Do some Googling. I'm sure there is a way to make a Smart Playlist of all your MP3s.

    And are you sure your stereo doesn't have AAC support? Some do, but don't advertise it. Easier to buy a chip and ignore it's functionality than to explain what AAC is to granny.
  7. macrumors regular

    no, the system in the car runs on windows mobile.
    it does not support .m4a tracks. i tried just a few minutes ago.
    it just ignores the .m4a tracks and only plays the .mp3 ones.

    i'll try googling what you said.cheers
  8. macrumors regular


    Under kind you want to have "AAC Audio" not "m4a". That should do the trick.
  9. macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    delete the converted songs after; otherwise you will have a lot of duplicate songs in your library :D

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