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Alyselc Level 1 (0 points)
I want to convert or download an itunes music file to a mp3 format. How do I do that?

I have a sansa c250 mp3 that only accepts WMA or MP3 files. I have bought an album through itunes that looks to be an MPEG4 file under Windows XP pro. In itunes, I need to change the files to a MP3 file format or WMA.

Can I download MP3 or WMA files directly through itunes? How and where?

dell, Windows XP Pro
  • stocker14 Level 1 (120 points)
    well MPEG4 is a video file
    MP3 and WMA are music
  • Alyselc Level 1 (0 points)
    I know that it is a music file. Itunes format isn't mp3 or wma... I contacted the tech support for my mp3 player and they said that itunes would work but they need to convert to mp3 file format. the tech support said I needed to directly change that off the website, but can't find where or how?
  • SilentDelerium08 Level 1 (5 points)
    In order to convert file formats, you will need to purchase a converter. http://www.download.com lists quite a few; for video, I tend to use Replay Converter, while for music I have found that by burning it to a CD and then using a ripper (if you are using Windows XP, your computer should have come with one under Windows Media Player; if your WMP does not have a ripper, then try updating it to WMP 11) to make it into a .mp3 file format. This can also be done to put your files into a .wma format (not suggestable, as .wma is not recognized by most applications) by editing your ripping preferences.

    However, iTunes does not convert things between file format, except to make them into a format which can be read by an iPod. Therefore, you will not be able to download .mp3 files or .wma files through iTunes, nor will you be able to convert them into that.
  • StarDeb55 Level 6 (19,685 points)
    Store purchases are in protected AAC format with a file extension of .m4p, that is ALL they sell. They can't be directly changed to another format because of the protection. What you can do with your purchase is burn it to an audio CD, that audio CD can be used in the same manner that any CD you would purchase at the store can.

    Message was edited by: StarDeb55
  • SilentDelerium08 Level 1 (5 points)
    Not entirely true; .mp4 (or, MPEG4) can be either audio or video: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-4).
  • StarDeb55 Level 6 (19,685 points)
    Silent, I must disagree with your suggestion about converter software. Store purchases are in protected AAC format, because of the DRM on the files, there is no commercial software available that can LEGALLY change the format on a store purchase.
  • SilentDelerium08 Level 1 (5 points)
    I must have read that wrong; my apologies.
  • Jonathan Cruz Level 1 (0 points)
    hello i was reading your discussion on mp3 formats, i am trying to convert my itunes music into mp3 format before burning then to a cd but itunes will not allow me to convert all of my songs. is there an easy way i can convert all of my music in itunes into mp3 format.
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)
    Did you bother to read ANY of the posts above?

    i am trying to convert my itunes music into mp3 format before burning then to a cd
    You cannot do this.

    is there an easy way i can convert all of my music in itunes into mp3 format.
    Yes. Burn them to an audio CD.
  • the gedi Level 1 (0 points)
    Burn It To An Audio CD Then Import To iTunes Simple as 1.2.3
    Well It is if u hav CD's
  • BflatBlues Level 2 (215 points)
    What kinds of files are in your library? I'm relatively unknowledgeable about the files downloaded from the iTunes store. However, if your files in iTunes are copied from CDs, iTunes itself can convert them for you to mp3 and will keep a copy of the "original" Apple Lossless files.
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)
    What kinds of files are in your library?
    "I have bought an album through itunes" so they are protected AAC.

    if your files in iTunes are copied from CDs, iTunes itself can convert them for you to mp3 and will keep a copy of the "original" Apple Lossless files.
    This assumes a few things.
    1 - You have the file imported from CD in Apple Losses format.
    - You have changed your import prefs to mp3 and then you select to convert these files.
  • BflatBlues Level 2 (215 points)
    I was trying to be helpful, but I'm out of my league here. Best of luck resolving your situation.
  • instech Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a roku sound bridge. It supports 4 different formats but itunes locks me out - what i can o is burn the tunes to a cd using mp3 format with itunes but then i have to import them as mp3 files and they play on the sound bridge. - this is way too much work as i have 2000 songs- is there a sound bridge that supports itunes format - bill
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