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Converting .m4A to MP3.

Lynne Adema-2
I used to be able to convert .M4A files to .MP3 in iTunes but that
option isn't available. What happened?


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Re: Converting .m4A to MP3.

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On Jun 23, 2017, at 18:32, Lynne Adema <[hidden email]> wrote:

I used to be able to convert .M4A files to .MP3 in iTunes but that option isn't available. What happened?

It is still there. In iTunes general preferences -> Import settings, change your encoding preference to mp3. Then, in File -> Convert in iTunes, you’ll see “Create mp3 version”.



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Re: Converting .m4A to MP3.

Ray Kloss
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I used to open in QuickTime player and export to mp3. Is that not available to you?



On Jun 23, 2017, at 11:32 AM, Lynne Adema <[hidden email]> wrote:

I used to be able to convert .M4A files to .MP3 in iTunes but that option isn't available. What happened?




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Re: Converting .m4A to MP3.

Curtis Wilcox
I don't remember QuickTime Player ever saving as .mp3 files. Checking right now, an audio file will only export as .m4a. If I try to Save a file that's already .mp3, .mov is my only choice but trying to Save an .m4a gives .m4a as the only choice. QuickTime Player Export has an iTunes option but I think that just puts the file in your iTunes Library where you can use its conversion options.

Rodney's answer about what to do in iTunes is right. I think what Lynne may be missing is I think, at least in some contexts, you could right click a song in iTunes to choose to convert it.

> On Jun 23, 2017, at 1:01 PM, Ray Kloss <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> I used to open in QuickTime player and export to mp3. Is that not available to you?
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> On Jun 23, 2017, at 11:32 AM, Lynne Adema <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> I used to be able to convert .M4A files to .MP3 in iTunes but that option isn't available. What happened?




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Re: Converting .m4A to MP3.

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On Jun 23, 2017, at 19:09, Curtis Wilcox <[hidden email]> wrote:

I think what Lynne may be missing is I think, at least in some contexts, you could right click a song in iTunes to choose to convert it.

I don’t remember that feature, but if your default import setting is mp3, then it is still that easy. You just select the song, then File -> Convert…

I sometimes go the other way; convert from mp3 to m4a. I can select a whole bunch of songs at once, then do the conversion. The original mp3 files stay selected, but the new versions aren’t selected, so to get rid of the original songs I just have to press “Delete”.



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Re: Converting .m4A to MP3.

Lynne Adema-2
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Thank you. I did that and I did see that option.


On 6/23/2017 11:50 AM, Rodney wrote:

On Jun 23, 2017, at 18:32, Lynne Adema <[hidden email]> wrote:

I used to be able to convert .M4A files to .MP3 in iTunes but that option isn't available. What happened?

It is still there. In iTunes general preferences -> Import settings, change your encoding preference to mp3. Then, in File -> Convert in iTunes, you’ll see “Create mp3 version”.



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Re: Converting .m4A to MP3.

Michael Gillman
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When you convert MP3 to MP4, whether to lossy or lossless you are losing even more information. Just a bad idea.

On Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 10:16 AM, Rodney <[hidden email]> wrote:

On Jun 23, 2017, at 19:09, Curtis Wilcox <[hidden email]> wrote:

I think what Lynne may be missing is I think, at least in some contexts, you could right click a song in iTunes to choose to convert it.

I don’t remember that feature, but if your default import setting is mp3, then it is still that easy. You just select the song, then File -> Convert…

I sometimes go the other way; convert from mp3 to m4a. I can select a whole bunch of songs at once, then do the conversion. The original mp3 files stay selected, but the new versions aren’t selected, so to get rid of the original songs I just have to press “Delete”.



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Re: Converting .m4A to MP3.

Lynne Adema-2
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Yeah, that's exactly what I wanted to do but I've never done .MP3s to .M4As. I'll have to try that.


On 6/23/2017 12:16 PM, Rodney wrote:

On Jun 23, 2017, at 19:09, Curtis Wilcox <[hidden email]> wrote:

I think what Lynne may be missing is I think, at least in some contexts, you could right click a song in iTunes to choose to convert it.

I don’t remember that feature, but if your default import setting is mp3, then it is still that easy. You just select the song, then File -> Convert…

I sometimes go the other way; convert from mp3 to m4a. I can select a whole bunch of songs at once, then do the conversion. The original mp3 files stay selected, but the new versions aren’t selected, so to get rid of the original songs I just have to press “Delete”.



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Re: Converting .m4A to MP3.

Rodney
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On Jun 23, 2017, at 22:00, Michael Gillman <[hidden email]> wrote:

When you convert MP3 to MP4, whether to lossy or lossless you are losing even more information. Just a bad idea.

As if my ears, and my current stereo system, could tell the difference…

Besides, I’m an iTunes Match subscriber. If the music is already in the iTunes Store, I can convert to better quality at no additional charge.




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