How do you convert M4A to MP3?

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  1. Idiot-Boy macrumors newbie

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    I don't own an iPhone (by choice) and I stupidly didn't realize that iTunes sells M4A files and not MP3 files. I am using Snow Leopard and a music device that only uses MP3 files.

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  2. appleguy123 macrumors 604

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    Go into iTunes and preferences and import settings. Use mp3 encoder. Right click on the songs you want to purchase and click "Create MP3 version."
     
  3. Idiot-Boy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mp3

    Thanks Appleguy123, but I already purchased the album. Now I need to know how to convert the songs on my HD. Any ideas?
     
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 604

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    That's what you do. After you've bought a song...
     
  5. Idiot-Boy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mp3

    Do I re-download the songs? Is that even permissible?
     
  6. appleguy123 macrumors 604

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    no. You do this within the software app iTunes. Just try it.
     
  7. Idiot-Boy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    NOTE: These settings do not apply to songs downloaded from the iTunes Store

    NOTE: These settings do not apply to songs downloaded from the iTunes Store

    is the message at the bottom of the "Import Settings" (iTunes=>Preferences=>General=>Import Settings)

    I have tried and this does not work. Am I missing something?
     
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Maybe the instructions where not clear. If you have the songs already inside iTunes then you (1) change the import settings, then (2) select the songs you want to change. then (3) click on Advanced->create MP3 Version. Now you should have two copies of the song
     
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    Annoyingly, the latest version of iTunes has moved this option from the right-click menu to the Advanced menu.
     
  10. Idiot-Boy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am not finding it under "advanced."
     
  11. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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  12. appleguy123 macrumors 604

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    Yeah, I just tried to say the, quickly. I was on my iPhone and don't like typing there.
     
  13. Idiot-Boy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    A picture is worth a thousand words... The big problem for me is that "advanced" can be found in a few places (like under preferences). Thanks

    With the picture from Ninja, your directions are crystal clear! Thank you.
     
  14. daddyg macrumors newbie

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    Errrr. So how do you do it again? Go into iTunes.....

    Seriously though, I love my MAC, but hate iTunes - have a substantial collection of music in all formats (all owned) and want to convert M4A to MP3. What's the easiest route?
     
  15. daddyg macrumors newbie

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    Legend. Just what the doctor ordered. Pity it won't batch process, but cheers for that.
     
  16. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    yea too bad it cant do that.

    would Max work for you then? it does batch :D
     
  17. daddyg macrumors newbie

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    From the other side of the world: I'll try it tomorrow - I gotta sleep dude! many thanks. :) :eek:
     
  18. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    no worries mate - let us know :)
     
  19. stephenan macrumors newbie

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    I used the Alto Mp3 application for converting m4a to mp3. Better performance.
     

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