8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2010 11:07 AM by Moeandoli
SuperSelrak Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Hello Apple/Mac lovers,

Well the title says it all : iTunes doesn't react +at all+ to WMA files ! That's just crazy ! But anyways, since I want all my WMA music on my iPod, I have to convert it to AAC (or MP3, but AAC is better), and wether that's done in iTunes or not is no issue for me.

What is an issue then is finding a small free converting software ! Is it so hard to do such a conversion that all softwares I've found so far cost at least 10 bucks ? Thanks in advance for your help,

Selrak

MacBook (white) 13 in. Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 Ghz 3 GB RAM, 80 + 120 external Go, Mac OS X (10.5.7), => It works wonders, what more is there to say ...
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,440 points)
    assuming the WMA's are unprotected, take a look @ Switch Audio Converter (free).

    use it to convert to e.g. MP3 and then iTunes' +convert higher bit rate+ ... functionality when syncing the files to your iPod

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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,805 points)
    iTunes doesn't react at all to WMA files ! That's just crazy !

    It's not crazy at all. iTunes doesn't support WMA. iTunes for Windows will convert such files, but the Mac version will not. Switch, as JGG suggested, should handle the files as long as you are satisfied with MP3. If you want AAC or other formats, you'll probably have to pay for a converter.

    Regards.
  • SuperSelrak Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Well my research so far got me to that conclusion too. What a shame.
    JGG, your suggestion is interesting, although MP3 is lossier than AAC (right ? I think so). I could convert to say WAV or something, which I believe would not loose any quality, use that on iTunes which supports it, and then convert to AAC using that setting JGG suggested.
    That leads to another question however : what formats and bitrates does the iPod actually supports without need of any converting ?
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,805 points)
    MP3 is lossier than AAC (right ? I think so).

    MP3 is usually considered to be inferior in quality to AAC when two files of the same bit rate are compared, though it depends somewhat on what compressor is used; some MP3 compressors are better than others and I don't know what Switch uses.

    what formats and bitrates does the iPod actually supports without need of any converting ?

    What model of iPod?
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,005 points)
    I could convert to say WAV or something

    I would not suggest WAV as it does not have ID3 tags and none of the info (Artist, track name, album, etc.) will transfer with the file.
    AIFF and Apple lossless are identical quality to the original file (as is WAV).
  • SuperSelrak Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    ... and they support ID3 tags ? Works for me then. And I have an iPod Touch.

    (Thanks humans for your time and advice !)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,005 points)
    ... and they support ID3 tags ?

    Yep.
  • Moeandoli Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am a new user to itunes and am trying to download songs to my daughters Nintendo DS. How do I enable it on Itunes