6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 10, 2015 1:51 PM by islero47
Tuxs1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi there I have been trying to copy my iTunes library to a USB Flash Drive which will then be plugged into my cars USB drive.

 

At the moment some tracks work & some tracks don't? I presume it may be something to do with what format the tracks have been saved in? I currently have iTunes set to import as apple lossless which I want to keep but maybe this is why they won't play on my USB drive?

 

Is there any way I can make all the tracks work on my car USB drive.

 

Thanks

Andy

  • Alix Leigh Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    Tuxs1 wrote:

     

    ... I currently have iTunes set to import as apple lossless which I want to keep but maybe this is why they won't play on my USB drive?

     

    Is there any way I can make all the tracks work on my car USB drive.

    Every music player has it's own limitations. 

    To get music to play you'll need to convert the tracks to a format that your player recognizes (Most likely NOT Apple Lossless).

    * Nearly all players can read MP3s,

    * many play NON-protected AAC.

    * some play WAV,  and / or AIFF

     

    So, your best bet is to

     

    1. IDENTIFY COMPATIBLE FORMATS:

    a. Figure out which tracks are not playing (if music players' manual is not clear)

     

    b. In your iTunes library  Window make the category "kind" visible in window to identify formats

       (View Menu -> View Options) use this to identify songs in incompatible formats.

       Alternately view the songs on your computer (try sorting by kind to help identify)

     

    3. SET UP DESIRED CONVERSION SETTINGS:

         An example assuming MP3 ("MPEG audio file) will work:

        a) under Preferences General > Import Settings button

            choose import using MP3 encoder

            you can then set to custom: I'd set the "Stereo Bit Rate" to 256 or 320kbs

              (256 is safer, 320 is better  - some devices might not accept over 256)

             it's PRETTY safe to check Use Variable Bit Rate (High quality)

     

            I'd leave the other settings to defaults.

     

    4.  CONVERT DESIRED SONGS

         Finally, right click any song you wish to convert, then choose "Create MP3 Version"

        THIS will create a COPY of the song you selected, as an MP3 (you'll still have your high res version)

     

         Repeat step 4 for any desired song

     

     

    PS: You might want to make a smart playlist of MP3 only (or any acceptable format) songs to copy over to the USB drive in the future.

     

    HTH - Alix

  • islero47 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Great advice! Now maybe you can help with this. I have ACC and MP3 files of some songs, but they're not identified as such in i-tunes, and I'd like to know which is which so that I know what to load onto a USB playlist. Also it would be nice not to look at duplicates of every song.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (43,685 points)

    islero47: Realize nobody has posted to this topic in 4 years.

     

    I use an older iTunes. In column view I have the option to display a "Kind" column where it shows mp3 as "mpeg" and m4a as "AAC audio file".

     

    Check the Dousgscripts web site for a new script for copying to usb media to deal with the duplicates issue.

  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (21,700 points)

    islero47 wrote:

     

    Great advice! Now maybe you can help with this. I have ACC and MP3 files of some songs,

    Why?  Since MP3 will play in just about anything, including iTunes and car players, what value are you getting from also having the AAC files?

     

    I'd like to know which is which so that I know what to load onto a USB playlist. Also it would be nice not to look at duplicates of every song.

    Use Limnos's method to determine which is the MP3.  Keep it and delete the AAC.  Going forward, make sure that all music you rip, purchase, or otherwise acquire is in MP3 format.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (43,685 points)

    I think I understand the scenario. islero47 started off with AAC files but the player only plays mp3s. You have to convert the AAC to mp3s for the player but you don't want to get rid of the originals (you get quality loss with any lossy conversion so you never want to get rid of your only copy of a file if all you have is a lossy format secondary version). This results in a list of apparent duplicates in the iTunes playlist used for this.  It should be a simple process of sorting by the media kind column to separate the two versions.

     

    http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=convertandexport  should simplify this whole task.

  • islero47 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Huge help! Thanks a lot. I was going to dump all of my AAC files after I converted them to mp3's. Now I'll hang onto them and sort by kind to avoid the duplicates.