Looking for robust AAC to MP3 converter

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  1. smellalot macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking for a tool that converts my iTunes library (iTunes match AACs and MP3s) to MP3 and puts the files in a different folder. This way it should remove my iTunes account information from the files.
    I tried Max, which I liked so far, but it turns out to be unstable when converting my library of about 9000 files and it stops when hitting a corrupt file.

    After the initial process it would be great to have a tool "listening" to changes in the itunes library, e.g. when I add new songs or add cover art it would automatically add new songs etc. to the folder containing my MP3 library.


    Is anybody doing the same? I'll be happy to hear your suggestions.
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    Converting one lossy format to another lossy format is an extremely bad idea. You will end up with poor quality MP3's.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can create MP3s with iTunes or with All2MP3, but your iTunes account information is not stored in the files. There are no tags for account information.
     
  4. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Try XLD

    Why would you want to convert to MP3, most modern gear plays AAC.
     
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    you could give XLD a try, although i use it for converting FLAC files it should be able to do what you're asking as well.
     
  6. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, there are when downloaded from iTunes match. That alone isn't too bad, but I want to move my iTunes match subscription from an US account to my German account and iTunes match won't accept them with the associated acc information.

    See above. Also my fathers Audi doesn't play AAC.

    Thank you. Does it have the "watch folder" option?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What information is stored, and in what tag?
     
  8. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have two tags (translated to English by me):
    Downloaded by: my name
    Account: my email address
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I've never seen such tags (although I rip all my music, so I've never bought from the iTunes store or used iTunes Match, since it limits to 25K songs). Can't you simply edit the tags with a tag editor?
     
  10. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No. I did some research on this a while back and converting the files seems to be the easiest way to do it.
    I know it's a hassle but the convenience of iTunes match for me is greater than the inconvenience to have a tag free copy of my music on my Mac.
    Also, when I have migrated my library to my German account I might not even keep the MP3s bc usually it doesn't bother me. If I want an album or two in MP3 I can quickly convert it in iTunes.
     
  11. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just tried XLD.
    It skips about half of the selected tracks without warning. Some album folders contain only one song.
    Anybody else having this problem? What should I do?

    I will try All2MP3 next. And hoping there is one reliable music converter out there :(

    Edit: just noticed it doesn't support AAC files... :(
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it does.
     
  13. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    When I pull an .m4a file onto it nothing happens. Am I doing something wrong?
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I just converted one before I posted. Perhaps the file is corrupted or damaged. Have you tried others?
     
  15. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I put in all artist starting with A and it converted none of the AAC files. Maybe I need to install the appropriate codec (sth like lame)? Any idea what might be wrong?
     
  16. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I don't recall having to install any codecs. What version are you running? What version of Mac OS X?
     
  17. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    XLD 141.0
    Lion 10.7.4

    The website also doesn't mention AAC compatibility. Only ALAC.
     
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Wait... go back and read post #12 and what I quoted. I'm talking about All2MP3, not XLD. Your post made it sound like you were saying All2MP3 doesn't support AAC files.
     
  19. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh ok, so we had a little misunderstanding.
    But I tried all2mp3 and it doesnt seem to support the conversion of folders, only multiple files. So it's not the right tool either.

    Still looking for the perfect tool for my needs ;)

    Thanks for your help, do you know any other good converting program?
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can easily select multiple files from many folders to drag to All2MP3.
     
  21. yensteel, Jun 24, 2012
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    I'm not sure if it's a good program, but I use Max when I'm converting from one type of audio to another.

    http://sbooth.org/Max/

    I still use XLD when I'm ripping my CDs though

    Edit: Doh!
     
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It is a good app, but apparently not what the OP needs:
     
  23. smellalot thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, but I can't specify an output directory.

    I'm back using Max now, couldn't find a better program. I'll just have to press 'OK' every time it's stuck on a corrupt file.
     
  24. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Sure you can. Click the "Change all Paths" button.
    ScreenCap 2012-06-25 at Mon, Jun 25,10.01.22 AM .PNG
     

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