Yes it is possible.
iTunes: How to convert a song to a different file format - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1550 - including information about different formats and discussion about compression.
Topic: Need to convert mp4 to mp3 - Zevoneer's post on converting songs - http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=9244740
I don't think the "convert to ipod" format is presented unless you are actually synching to a device at the time, but you can convert to 128k AAC at any time if you don't mind ending up with a lot of extra copies in naother format.
Mu ipod is hooked up right now and no Convert command is available, even though i have highlighted files I wish to convert.
I normally don't sync, have just dragged files to my ipod for years now. Are you saying I have to be in a mode where I am syncing files for this to work?
Some of the music on my ipod has bben deleted from iTunes. If I go to syncing files, will I have to satrt over and lose files from my ipod thatb ren't currently in my iTunes?
My iPod is still hooked up
Opened Preferences, General, Import Settings. Choose AAC, clicked OK, clicked OK in the General settings window.
Highlighted Files I wanted to convert from Lossless to AAC. Went to Advanced and still all three of the commands to convert to
or Create AAC
all three are still grayed out.
Am I doing something wrong or must I be syncing instead of dragging? If so, see previous question.
A little embarassed to admit this but when I was trying to convert, I may have been looking at my ipod library at that time, not the main itunes library.
The constant switching back and forth might have had me there, not certain. Went back through and did it all again, now it's convertin tracks for me.
Thanks for the help.
True, but I wanted to create a new duplicate file, one for her iPhone without losing the Lossless file. I use that one to burn CDs for friends who play them on their home stereos. I'm 56 and still use real stereo equipment rather than iPod players and ear buds when I want real fidelity.
Good stuff in my car to, you can hear a difference in the file quality if you are playing it on good components.
Again, true. It really doesn't matter tha much if I create a duplicate file, I can throw them out after transferring to my wife's phone.
But if the intent is simply to put smaller files on the iPhone, then the convert option is far simpler.
All you need to do is sync.
No need to select the songs, convert them, trasnfer them, find them then delete them.
But you have it working so good luck!