The problem: i am trying to import my high res ALAC and FLAC files into itunes and simultaneously convert them to 320Kbps. I am on a windows 8 pc. I tried following the directions in http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1550, i.e., holding down shift when i hit "File>CreateNewVersion>AAC". However this does not seem to work. I cant seem to import entire folders, only single files. With a 200GB source library that's a bit much to ask!
What i already know: (a) I know i should set my preferences so that my "itunes library stays organized" and so that i "copy files to the itunes media folder when adding to libary"...in this way i can create a brand new library of low res files and still keep my high res files where they originally were, unsullied. (b) I also know i have to set my import preferences properly: which i did as follows: General>Import CD Settings>AAC encoder>Custom> (320Kbps, 44.1KHz, auto channels, VBR). And finally, (c) i did try what was suggested in http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1550, namely keeping shift pressed (I also tried ALT and CTRL to no avail)
Why i want to do what i am asking: I'm doing this because my library - which is 90% direct ripped from CDs into ALAC using dbpower amp, and which also contains some hi res files from HDTracks.com - is simply too large to fit into either my 160G ipod or my paltry 32G iphone5 (separate question: can you daisy chain ipods?). So, at least at 320K i should be able to fit all my music into my ipod. [NB: i dont use itunes to listen at home....there i have a Linn Akurate DSM so i can actually listen to my high res files at high res ;-), and which is why i need to keep the source files where they are, unsullied.]
Anyway, please help! Basic problem is not being able to import entire folder trees while simultaneously converting files to lower res versions.