How can I convert mpeg4 files to mp3?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by n2horses, Dec 30, 2006.

  1. n2horses macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2006
    Please bear w/ me because I am not a techie. Is it possible to take the files in my itunes library (which I think are mpeg4) and save them as mp3 files so that my friend can load them on her non-apple mp3 player? I saved the files as they are but her player doesn't see them. Thanks is advance for your help.
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    If they are unprotected AAC files (extension = m4a) that you got from ripping songs off CDs, then the answer is yes, and easily.

    If they are protected AAC files (extension = m4p) then the answer is no.

    If they are movie files (.mp4), then the answer is yes, but it will take some doing.

    I'll assume the first one. What you can do is go to iTunes menu -> Preferences -> Advanced pane -> Importing tab ->

    Change the Import Using setting to MP3 Encoder.

    Now close preferences.

    Now, if you highlight a song, and click on the Advanced menu, you will see an option to convert it to MP3.

    When you're done doing that, you can switch the default import type to AAC if you would like.

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