M4A Format is Driving Me Insane

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by slomifier, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. slomifier macrumors regular

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    I've bought about 7 full albums off of iTunes, from my 2g iPod Touch. When I try to play the files on my PC after transferring them off of my iPod, they won't work with Windows Media Player. I looked up a M4a to MP3 converter, and they're like 30$. Considering I've bought the liscence to the music, I shouldnt have to pay again to turn it into a useable format. Anyone know what I can do? Does apple supply a free converter?
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

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    You can convert them in iTunes. In Preferences, set the encoding format to MP3 then right-click the songs and go to Convert.

    I believe WMP 12 can play AAC (m4a) directly. (Edit: Just tested it and it worked fine)
     
  3. Bacong macrumors 68000

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    Get winamp or foobar. Both far superior media players, and both play m4a.
     
  4. crmccashin macrumors regular

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    What tab is that setting under...I don't see it as an option?
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Import Settings on the General tab.
     
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Handbrake is free, and it converts audio files.
     
  7. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you want to convert M4A to MP3? Especially if you're having to use iTunes on the PC!
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Mp4 (AAC, m4a) > Mp3

    Windows media player is crap. iTunes is much better.
     
  9. crmccashin macrumors regular

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    Thanks found it...but I also noticed that if I right click on any or all of the songs, It has the option in the box to "Create MP3 version" with out changing the import settings to MP3....?
    It also creates the MP3 files into the same directory so that you now have two versions of the same song with out knowing which version is which unless you click the "Get Info". ;(
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    VLC and Quicktime both play the file just fine ;)
     
  11. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Seems that Windows Media Player is not compatible. You should avoid software by Microsoft, you know.
     
  12. andybno1 macrumors 68040

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    They must have changed it; in previous versions you had to adjust the import settings.
     
  14. crmccashin macrumors regular

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    Ok, just checking to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding something.
     
  15. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    Don't convert them, your songs will sound like crap. Use a new media player instead.
     

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