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389 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 13, 2013 12:49 PM by D10S RSS
D10S Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Apr 11, 2013 11:13 AM

I have many files in my iTunes library that are .wav format. I'd like to convert them to ALAC. Is there a way to convert the files and maintain the other file information such as number of plays etc?

Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2.93 GHz 8 GB
  • Airsculpture Level 4 Level 4 (1,320 points)
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    Apr 12, 2013 7:22 AM (in response to D10S)

    If you use an app to convert ( like AlltoMP3 for example ) outside of iTunes, you will lose play counts. ALAC is not supported in iTunes I don't think.

  • Airsculpture Level 4 Level 4 (1,320 points)
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    Apr 12, 2013 7:50 AM (in response to D10S)

    Ah then set your import preference to Apple Lossless in iTunes and select/highlight the tracks to convert and it will do them.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)
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    Apr 12, 2013 8:37 AM (in response to D10S)

    D10S wrote:

     

    Can that information also transfer when you convert the file?

    I could be mistaken, but no, not to my knowledge. Since a new file has to be created when cross-converting it won't have any of the associated metadata like play counts, etc. Although... now that I think about it you might be able to find something to help you at http://dougscripts.com/itunes/

  • Airsculpture Level 4 Level 4 (1,320 points)
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    Apr 12, 2013 10:24 AM (in response to D10S)

    Then no.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Apr 12, 2013 10:42 AM (in response to D10S)

    You can covert the WAV files with iTunes.

     

    You may be able to "trick" iTunes by then deleting the original WAV file in /Music/iTunes/iTunes media/Artist/Album (not in the iTunes window) and attempt then to play the original file in iTunes.

     

    You can also try this script  -> iTunes Track CPR v1.3

    Convert the file, delete the WAV in the iTunes media folder.

    Select the track in iTunes and run this script.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)
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    Apr 12, 2013 11:14 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    Good tip, Chris. I had not thought of that.

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