iTunes show file extension???

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  1. YoNadz macrumors regular

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    #1
    Trying to convert all my files to MP3. I know there has got to be a way to show file extensions in my iTunes library, then convert all. HELP!
     
  2. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    If you enable the Kind column it will tell you the format of your tracks. You can't show the extensions as far as I know.
     
  3. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    An easy way to find all the non-MP3 songs would be to create a smart playlist of everything where Kind contains AAC (see attached screenshot), then use that to convert everything.

    One thing to note, though...moving from AAC -> MP3 isn't necessarily a good idea for a couple of reasons:
    1. Transcoding from one lossy format to another is going to sound pretty crappy, and
    2. In general, lower bitrate AAC files (assuming they were ripped directly from the source) sound as good as higher bitrate MP3s.

    ...so, while you _might_ save some HDD space, you're more likely to end up with crappy-sounding tunes...and no one should have to suffer that.
     

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  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    Better solution: Use Kind does not contain MPEG for the smart playlist criteria. Your solution grabs AAC files only. Mine grabs Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, and anything else, in addition to AAC. ;)
     
  5. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Ooooo, touchè...that is better. I stand by my transcoding rant, though :D
     

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