Automatic iTunes Transcoding

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bumfilter, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. bumfilter macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2004
    I could have sworn iTunes had an option to automatically transcode files to a certain bit rate when syncing with an iPod.

    It wasn't via some weird plug-in, it was a proper option in the iTunes preferences pages.

    I haven't seen this option for a very long time and I'm not sure if its been removed or not.

    Am I insane or was this once a feature? It would be so handy as I have my Lossless Library (300GB so far) on my iMac and would like to have a lossy version on my MacBook.
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Only an option for the Shuffle, I think. Don't think the Nano supports this. You're like me; largish lossless library but no room for everything on the iPod which is why I have two libraries.
  3. tyr2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    I use an 'Automator' script to achieve this. I add all the tracks I want to transfer to a playlist then use that playlist as an input. They're then transcoded to 128kbps AACs and transfered to the iPod.

    With assistance from some actions from here.

    If you're interested I'll dig out the full details for the Automator script.
  4. bumfilter thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2004
    Do you know of any reason why this option can't be enabled for non-shuffle iPods? I used to have a shuffle but just the 60GB iPod now, so maybe thats why I haven't seen the option in a while. I can remember it took some time to transcode for the shuffle but I didn't really mind.

    How do you keep everything up-to-date and in sync correctly?
  5. bumfilter thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2004
    Thanks tyr2, what you have setup seems like a good idea, however the lazy inside of me doesn't want to mess about with playlists.

    If it's the best option going though, I'll take it, as it's better than nothing. I wish this was built-in to iTunes or someone came up with a plug-in or similar. I wish I had the technical knowledge to make it myself!

    Ideally what I'd like would be to manage all my music on my iMac and the MacBook just nips in and syncs itself with the iMac (at the same time as converting it). No manual intervention at all. I can figure out how to sync files alright and I could probably get them transcoded but getting them into the library on the MacBook automatically would probably be hard for me to automate.
  6. gsaito macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2007
    Any other solutions?

    Is there any plug-in that can perform a simple transcoding when transferring files to the iPod? Despite all the criticisms, Sony's SonicStage does this nicely for my Sony walkman.

Share This Page