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how to convert m4a to mp3?

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  • nukeycookey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 3:28 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    right. but after changing them to mp3's, i couldn't play them in iTunes. Now that they're back as m4a's, I still cannot play them like before in iTunes. This is my problem. The situation is worse than before. Could real conversion help this situation or not? That's the question.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 3:33 PM (in response to nukeycookey)

    It sounds as if you've managed to mess them up by changing the extension, though how I can't say. If you can't play an m4a file which has the correct extension then something has probably gone wrong with the file, though I wouldn't have thought changing the extension would do that, it simply tells the computer which program to use to open them. Without being able to examine the file it's not possible to say what has gone wrong. They don't play even in iTunes?

     

    Pick one file, click it once to highlight it in the Finder, then hit command-i to get info: what does it say where I've put the arrows?

     

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  • nukeycookey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 4, 2013 4:24 PM (in response to Roger Wilmut1)

    Thanks for taking the time to help out.

     

    For Kind, they say: Apple MPEG-4 audio. And Extensions are all m4a's.

     

    But this is after I've deleted all of them and downloaded all the memos from my phone again.
    So now what I actually have is fine. The new issue that surfaced is that not all the memos from my phone were uploaded to the computer and I have no idea why.... I'm getting really tired of 'There's always a new issue popping up' and I'm sorry about this but if you could give me a hint as to what to do about this, how to get all my memos to be copied onto the computer, I would really appreciate it.

     

    Note: Also, the conversion, I'm just gonna use iTunes to convert them into AAC files. So now they do appear in my phone's music player! Initial problem solved and thanks for that!

  • whoru77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 3, 2014 5:19 AM (in response to SherryinDallas)

    The answer is use ALL2MP3 it is a free application. After installintg it open itunes highlight you music drag all of it to the ALL2MP3 Icon and let it do it's thing. once done go you your Itunes directory  and you will see that each song is duplicated. In your search bar in itunes enter mp3 then only mp3 songs will be listed. highlight the songs and drag them tou you device or drag them to a folder wala you done. If you don't like the duplicated drag the mp3's to tarsh.

  • Jagged Edge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 27, 2014 7:25 AM (in response to SherryinDallas)

    My biggest iTune music problem is with the mp4p files. First I was informed to sign-up for iTunes Plus and then you can convert those mp4p files for mp4a's... not so. I found  app that converts mp4p files to mp3 files but I found you have to turn off iTune match because iCloud exchange them back. Now I find the exchange eventually happens any way, it just takes iCloud a little longer. On my Sonos system it will play mp4a files but when iCloud switches the files back you have to start the whole time consuming task all over.

    I have collected thousands of iTune pieces of music over the years and it's a shame I can't listen to the music over quality speakers powered by a quality amp.

    BTW, you can't repurchase the music because iTunes Store says it's already purchased making it impossible to buy and download.

    Any help?

    Thanks.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Mar 27, 2014 8:15 AM (in response to Jagged Edge)

    Files are m4p and m4a (not mp4p & mp4a)

    Jagged Edge wrote:

     

    My biggest iTune music problem is with the mp4p files. First I was informed to sign-up for iTunes Plus and then you can convert those mp4p files for mp4a's... not so.

    Delete the m4p (not mp4p) and redownload it via iTunes Match.

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