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Bluebird
Posted 2006-12-26 5:00 PM (#225033)
Subject: MP4 To MP3 Conversion Software OT



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I am looking to convert some I-Tunes purchased music on order to play it in a non-Ipod Player. Does anyone have any software to recommend?

Wayne
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Waskel
Posted 2006-12-26 5:16 PM (#225034 - in reply to #225033)
Subject: Re: MP4 To MP3 Conversion Software OT



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I-Tunes should be able to convert to mp3.
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Waskel
Posted 2006-12-26 5:20 PM (#225035 - in reply to #225033)
Subject: Re: MP4 To MP3 Conversion Software OT



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Wait, never mind, Wayne. If you purchased them they're protected. Let me see what I can find.

Are you looking for "free" or "reasonable"?
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Waskel
Posted 2006-12-26 5:27 PM (#225036 - in reply to #225033)
Subject: Re: MP4 To MP3 Conversion Software OT



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This one\'s free, open source.
Give it a try and see if it will work for you. Load a file, right-click on it and choose 'convert'.

Here\'s the Wiki help page.

Nero will also do mp4 files. Whether anything will work on 'protected' AAC files (i-tunes) I can't say.
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Stephen P
Posted 2006-12-26 6:31 PM (#225037 - in reply to #225033)
Subject: Re: MP4 To MP3 Conversion Software OT


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If you doubt you'll notice any kind of quality decrease (because there isn't much), you can convert the files to WAV within ITunes, and then reconvert them to mp3.

Even if protected it'll let you do that.
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Waskel
Posted 2006-12-26 6:42 PM (#225038 - in reply to #225033)
Subject: Re: MP4 To MP3 Conversion Software OT



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True, but let me rephrase that, Stephen...
You probably won't notice any quality decrease compared to converting them directly to mp3. I think.
Converting from a compressed format (mp3, mp4) to an uncompressed format (wav) then back to compressed always costs you something in quality. I don't know for sure about cross-converting from one compressed format to another.
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Jeff
Posted 2006-12-27 9:45 AM (#225039 - in reply to #225033)
Subject: Re: MP4 To MP3 Conversion Software OT


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Wayne, I don't know if this will work for what you want to do (I don't own a portable music device), but I had a similar problem when I wanted to burn a CD using tracks purchased from i-tunes along with tracks culled from other sources. What worked for me; I burned a CD of the I-tunes tracks and then re-downloaded those tracks (from the CD) into my Realplayer. I was then able to include the I-tunes tracks along with the other tracks to make my CD. Again, I don't know if that will work for what you're trying to do, but it was a very low-tech solution for me.
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Waskel
Posted 2006-12-27 10:10 AM (#225040 - in reply to #225033)
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Jeff, that will work. It's basically what Stephen was suggesting (cd tracks are comparable to wav files). It's an extra step to mess with the cd, but whatever gets the job done...
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