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Can you convert an iTunes album, into MP3?

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simon_a6 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Jan 23, 2013 1:31 PM

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

  • rmgman Level 3 Level 3 (520 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 1:47 PM (in response to simon_a6)

    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

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,930 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 1:57 PM (in response to simon_a6)

    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.


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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,930 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:13 PM (in response to simon_a6)

    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.

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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,930 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:22 PM (in response to simon_a6)

    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.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,930 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 2:35 PM (in response to simon_a6)

    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.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,930 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 3:08 PM (in response to simon_a6)

    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.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,930 points)
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    Jan 24, 2013 6:37 AM (in response to simon_a6)

    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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