10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 8, 2012 8:32 AM by swingin Branched to a new discussion.
swingin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

On Tiger I was able to convert files to mp3 by clicking on "Advanced" and the "Create mp3". Now when I do that the option isn't mp3 but rather AAC. How do I convert to mp3 as I used to do on Tiger? I'm now running Snow Leopard.

Mac mini, iOS 6.0.1
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (45,315 points)

    iTunes: How to convert a song to a different file format - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1550 - including information about different formats and discussion about compression.


    In iTunes11: File > Create New Version


    In iTunes 11 "Create..."  is in the File menu, not the Advanced menu.

  • swingin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    David Miller on air 2 cropped.jpgThat helps. I'm going to upgrade from iTunes 9 to iTunes 11 and see if that solves my problem. I'll let you know.

  • swingin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My Mac Mini is Version 10.6.3, which apparently ISN"T Snow Leopard but rather some other ferocious beast. Anyway, when I downloaded i Tunes 11 it informed me that this requires something in the 10.8 category, so that I couldn't upgrade after all. Am I out of luck?

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (45,315 points)

    Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v.1.1 - http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399


    Back up your computer first, both before applying the combo updater and then again before installing iTunes 11.  Many people are not liking iTunes 11 and if you have a proper backup it makes it a lot easier to back out again.

  • tjk6277 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I use a free app called all2mp3. It's free & works great thru Mountain LIon.

  • swingin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had problems with iTunes even after downloading and installing 11. When I clicked on File, it only allowed one option, to convert to AAC. All2mp3 did what I wanted to, though it wasn't as slick as I would like. I need to take 5 files after they've been converted to mp3, copy them to the desktop, and then compress them to be able to send them to radio stations. I found I could only copy one file at a time to the desktop, each time going through the process of re-locating the next file to be copied. Wish I could mark all five and transfer them  to the desktop in one step, as I used to do with the Tiger and earlier version of iTunes. If there's a way to do that, I'll appreciate knowing about it. But --- I'm happy that my problem is solved.

  • magnusbl Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Go into settings/general/import settings and you should be able to tell iTunes to create MP3s not AACs.  Then when you try to "create new version" (iTunes 11) or "create XXX version" (iTunes pre 11) the option should be for MP3 not AAC.

  • swingin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I couldn't find Settings on the tool bar. I went instead to File-Preferences- "When you insert a CD"-Import settings. There I changed the setting from wav to mp3. Here's the problem, though. I'm not importing from a CD. I have sound files on the computer --- sound files that represent my one-hour radio program, broken into three segments. It's those files that I wish to convert to mp3, so that I can transmit them to stations in compressed form.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (72,985 points)

    When you set the Import Settings to MP3, any file(s) in the library you select can be converted to MP3 from the File menu (in v11). Just drag the originals into the window so that they appear in the Music list, select them, and convert: then delete the originals.

  • swingin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    NOW I understand the process. Thanks to you, Roger, and to each of the other tech responders.