5 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2009 12:22 PM by Zevoneer
SimpsonJ Level 1 (0 points)
I have a large iTunes library saved as AIFF audio files. I want to convert the whole library to MP3 so that I can synch the whole lot to my iPod. Can I do this without creating duplicate files? I've tried 'converting' but I end up with 2 copies of the album...alternatively can I synch using only MP3 files and ignore the AIFF on the external drive?

Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Zevoneer Level 9 (52,700 points)
    You can't convert the files in iTunes without creating duplicates. Converting doesn't overwrite the original file it creates a copy in a different format so you can (if you wish) keep the uncompressed files to play through a hi-fi system or your computer speakers for example. You can sync the iPod using the "Sync Music - Selected Playlist" option. Create a smart playlist to gather the MP3 files together and use that playlist to sync the iPod. You could create another if you like to gather the AIFF files for listening to on the computer.
  • SimpsonJ Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks - will one big 'smart playlist' allow me view/search by album & artist on my iPod like normal? Or will it simply be one very long list of tracks? The library is almost 500 albums.
  • Zevoneer Level 9 (52,700 points)
    Yes you can view the playlist just like you view the library. If you open the playlist and use the Browser for example (View>Show Browser) it will browse the playlist in the same way as it would the whole library. You can also use View>As Grid and View>As Cover Flow with the playlist open and again it's just like viewing the library only you see the contents of the playlist
  • SimpsonJ Level 1 (0 points)
    Perfect, many thanks.
  • Zevoneer Level 9 (52,700 points)
    You're welcome, take care.