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simon_a6 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

If you buy and download an album on iTunes and want to play it on a burnt CD in the car, how would you go about doing this?

 

I'd have thought you could export it from iTunes as MP3, or use an iTunes tool to export "to CD".

 

Need a bit of advice please.

 

Simon

  • 1. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    rmgman Level 3 Level 3 (520 points)

    Please inform us what version of iTunes you are using and what Mac OS version.

     

    You should just be able to select the album as a Playlist and when you go to "burn" choose Audio CD. You don't need to convert them, iTunes will take care of making it Audio CD format.

     

    Burn_SEtting.jpg

  • 2. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    simon_a6 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Version 11.0.1.12

    Windows 7

  • 3. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    If you want to burn an MP3 CD rather than an audio CD, see:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1550

     

    Then collect all the tracks into a playlist and burn the playlist as an MP3 CD.


    Regards.

  • 4. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    simon_a6 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Just seen how you do it.

    After you have created the playlist to burn, does it keep the playlist?  I guess it does, so you can make another copy if you choose to.

     

    That's clever.

     

    I'm not an "Apple user", so investigating various parts of the iTunes and iPhone arena.  Previously I thought iTunes was a bit of a nightmare to deal with, but so far, seems very straight forward and fast!  And I like how quick it finds music to purchase.

     

    Even tho you can create CDs, can you convert tracks to MP3?

  • 5. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    After you have created the playlist to burn, does it keep the playlist?

     

    Yes, until you delete the playlist yourself.

     

    Even tho you can create CDs, can you convert tracks to MP3?

     

    Yes. See my previous response below.

  • 6. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    simon_a6 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Pardon my ignorance, but I read that previous comments as being one that it creates it as an MP3 CD.  I assumed it did this on the fly, but doesn't "store" the MP3s on your computer.

     

    Can I literally add one track to a 'Playlist', and convert to MP3 without creating the CD?

  • 7. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    Yes, you can convert just a single track to MP3. And in fact you must convert the tracks first before you can burn them as an MP3 CD. The "Burn MP3" command does not convert the tracks on the fly. That command works only if the tracks are in MP3 format already.

     

    Regards.

  • 8. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    simon_a6 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks.

    I've looked at those settings mentioned further up this thread, and that seems to be about IMPORTING.

    I'm talking about selecting a track, and exporting it as an MP3.  So for example, I could play a selection of tracks on a separate MP3 player.

     

    How would I go about that?

  • 9. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    No, those settings in the screen shot in rmgman's post are for burning a CD. That's why the window says "Burn". The support article I linked to in my post below gives you step-by-step instructions for converting a track to another format.

     

    As to playing those tracks on another player, it depends on the player. If it's an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, you just sync the playlist (and there would be no need to convert). If it's some other brand of player, you'd use whatever procedure that player has for copying tracks to it.

     

    Regards.

  • 10. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    simon_a6 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    No I didn't mean how do I get a track to another player, as I totally appreciate that part is down to me - not Apple or the forum!

     

    I just looked at those settings and it all appears to be about importing, as AAC, or MP3 etc.

     

    Surely you import as default settings, and then if you want to export one or more tracks, such as a CD you bought on iTunes, to MP3 to use "externally", you have to select multiple tracks, ie, in a playlist, and then "Export > As MP3" for example.

     

    Think I am really missing something here.............Sorry.

  • 11. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    simon_a6 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    IT also looks like you can right=click on a track and "Create MP3 Version"....??

  • 12. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    Did you read the article I linked to below? The one that when you go to the page is titled "iTunes: How to convert a song to a different file format"? Read the entire article.  Yes, it uses the same settings as those you set when you import from a CD, but if you just read that article, it tells you exactly what to do.

  • 13. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    simon_a6 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm totally with you now.

    Because I have changed that setting to MP3, when I do the right click, that is what makes "Create MP3 Version" appear.

     

    Bingo.

     

    New question, (not sure if should be for this thread, but here goes), if I had an iPhone and bought a CD from iTunes and downloaded to my phone, would it automatically appear on my laptop when I started up iTunes, or would it only show when i synced my iPhone with the laptop?

     

    I know iCloud does some of this, but not sure how it all works.

    I'm not an Apple device user.  Just trying to understand how it all works, as I could be a converter!!

  • 14. Re: Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    It depends on how you have things set. You can set all your Apple devices, including iTunes on your computer, to automatically download all purchases made through your iTunes Store account. If you do, then a purchase made on your iPhone will automatically be downloaded to your computer when you launch iTunes. Otherwise, you will either have to sync your iPhone or download the track to your computer, which you can do without charge.

     

    Regards.

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