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stgmgr Level 1 (0 points)

My new car will allow me to play MP3 songs off a flashdrive. Unfortunately my entire iTunes library appears to be MP4.
Any way I can flip them back to MP3??
Thanks in advance.

iPhone 4, iOS 5.1.1
  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 (6,480 points)

    Go iTunes prefs>General - at the bottom is 'Import Settings' - change the 'Import Using' to whatever mp3 setting you want - then select a tune in iTunes and from the 'Advanced' option in the menu bar select 'Create  MP3 version'.


    This will create a .mp3 version and the original .mp4 will still be there.



  • stgmgr Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Mike.
    You're a genius!!

  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 (6,480 points)




  • superted2uk Level 1 (0 points)

    Tried this but I'm afraid it didn't work. I've managed to get it to convert to AAC file but not as a copy, and the original file is still m4a.


    I'm tearing my hair out and have wasted about an hour trying different variations just to get an mp3 version of a file.

  • dcr210 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have absolutely the same problem. Its like one gigantic mystery how to convert my mp4 videos into mp3. I've seen so many suggestions such as using the program handbrake and I downloaded it and have no idea how to do it through that program. I've tried it through the new itunes and I see absolutely no option to convert it into an mp3, only AAC as you said which I did and was a complete waste of time. I have spent countless hours trying to figure this out and I have come to the conclusion that it is a mystery that no one wants to admit to.

  • dcr210 Level 1 (0 points)

    Good news! I finally found out how to convert your mp4 into is the link:



    ...Cheers mate!

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,680 points)

    dcr210 wrote:


    Good news! I finally found out how to convert your mp4 into is the link:

    Thr same info was posted by Mike Johnson in the 1st response to this topic...

  • berrywoo Level 1 (0 points)

    to convert mp4audio files to mp3 and keeep the original do as previous posters say about going into Edit >Preferences>General>Import Settings and changing the settings to import files as mp3. Then select the songs you want to convert, RIGHT CLICK and choose convert to mp3. Voila. You've got you're original and the new mp3 files. BTW I just did this myself as I wanted to edit some of the songs I've purchased, I'm using the latest version of iTunes too.

  • nike18mn Level 1 (10 points)

    I am not seeing how you can right click on the file and see the convert to mp3? I did set import settings to MP3.

    I normally use a free MP4 to MP3 converter to get this to work.

  • mkda Level 1 (0 points)

    If you select the song with the left mouse button, or even just highlight it by hovering over it, you can *then* right-click and you'll see "Create MP3 Version" in the drop down menu just over half way down.  This worked for me.  I couldn't find the "advance" menu listed in the 1st response.  Maybe that's for a Mac.

  • mkda Level 1 (0 points)

    However, this does not work for files of type "m4p" with the iTunes protection on them.  There is a way to first convert an m4p to m4a in iTunes, though it's more complicated and I don't remember all the steps.  If anyone remembers how to do this in iTunes then that'd be a great help.  Most 3rd party converters I found won't convert a protected file.  

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)

    A protected files must first be burned to Audio CD, then the tracks must be imported again into the iTunes library.

  • Jack Salman Level 1 (0 points)

    I just found a youtube tutorial shows a free video converter could help achieve the job, see the video here:

  • minmaxcenger Level 1 (0 points)


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