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Converting WAV files to MP3 files

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Big Ron22 Calculating status...
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Oct 10, 2010 7:51 AM
I have a USB turntable for converting my vinyl records to digital. When the files are imported to itunes they are large WAV files. I there a way to set up itunes to automatically convert the WAV files to MP3 files?
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  • Diane Wordsmith Level 5 Level 5 (5,990 points)
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    Oct 10, 2010 8:13 AM (in response to Big Ron22)
    Check your Import setting under iTunes Prefs > General > Import Settings. Is it set to WAV encoder? If so, change it to MP3 and all tracks imported into your library will be encoded as MP3.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iTunes 9, iPod Touch 3g, iPod Video 5g (and an old iMac running OS 9)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Oct 10, 2010 8:24 AM (in response to Big Ron22)
    I there a way to set up itunes to automatically convert the WAV files to MP3 files?

    Only when you import CDs.
    As you are doing it, they will be added as WAV.
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle, iTunes 10
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,025 points)
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    Oct 10, 2010 8:30 AM (in response to Big Ron22)
    In iTunes Preferences>General click the 'Import Settings': set the drop-down menu to 'MP3 encoder'; check the displayed bitrate and if you don't like it use the settings drop-down menu to choose a setting, or 'Custom settings' in the same menu to set up whatever you want. Click OK.

    Now in your Library, select all the files you want to convert. From the 'Advanced' menu choose 'Create MP3 version'. MP3 copies of the selected files will be added to the library and you can delete the originals.
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  • orionsbelt0 Calculating status...
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    Oct 10, 2010 8:31 PM (in response to Big Ron22)
    Download a free program called switch it will convert any file on your computer to another type of file. It also does batch conversions
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  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Oct 10, 2010 8:53 PM (in response to orionsbelt0)
    iTunes converts WAV t MP3 just fine (and does batch processing also).
    The issue is the software he is using adds them to iTunes as WAV.
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle, iTunes 10
  • Victortes Calculating status...
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    Oct 10, 2012 8:07 AM (in response to Big Ron22)

    Old thread, but still very useful. I too looked for a converter for Mac

    for ages and stumbled across your forum. Now you can use an app called audio converter for mac,  It costs a bit, but u can try it out free first to see if it works for what ,you need it for. Plz click the link below to get more info: http://www.mp3converter-mac.com/wav-to-mp3-converter-for-mac/

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 8:45 AM (in response to Victortes)

    Victortes wrote:

     

    Old thread, but still very useful. I too looked for a converter for Mac for ages

    As noted, you can simply use iTunes, which is free.

    And there are many other converters that are also free.

  • Victortes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 8:11 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    Hi,

    Thanks for your notes, but have a question – how exactly do you put .wav files into iTunes? Drag&drop doesn’t work at all, neither does import/add to library option in File menu. Been using a Mac (MBP) for 4+ years and importing .wav files never worked to my knowledge in any iTunes version since then.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 9:07 PM (in response to Victortes)

    .wav files have always been supported by iTunes.

  • Victortes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 13, 2012 12:45 AM (in response to Big Ron22)

    Hi Chris,

    I’ve tried that little program after I read this article and it worked like a charm:)

    I still wonder though how you managed to get .mp3 files inside iTunes;)

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Oct 13, 2012 8:22 AM (in response to Victortes)

    I still wonder though how you managed to get .mp3 files inside iTunes;)

    File > Add to library.

    Or do you mean how you convert to .mp3 with iTunes?

    As Roger noted above...

    iTunes prefs - General.

    Click the Import settings button and set to to MP3.

    Select the songs you want then right click Create MP3 Version

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