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Mosier
02-27-2010, 02:16 PM
My wife just got a Motorola "Cliq" phone, and wants to put her iTunes files on it. The files have to be in mp3 or .wav format. Is there a resource I can use to convert the iTunes format to mp3 or .wav?

TimeWinder
02-27-2010, 02:21 PM
If the files are DRM-free (unprotected, most newer iTunes store purchases), you can right-click on them in iTunes and select "Convert to MP3."

If they're protected AAC files, the best you can do is burn them to a music CD, then re-import them CD as MP3. Whether this is worth it to you or not depends on how many songs you want to convert. If you've got a lot of them, it might be easier to just buy an iPod Shuffle for the music and use the phone as a phone.

In either case, there will be some loss of quality in the re-encoding, but nothing you're going to notice over ordinary headphones or cellphone speakers.

ETA: Many modern devices will support (unprotected) AAC as a native format, too, so you might see if you need to convert them at all.

Mosier
02-27-2010, 02:31 PM
When I right-click, even the newer files don't have a "convert to mp3" option, but they have a "create AAC version" option. :( What a pain.

DCnDC
02-27-2010, 02:42 PM
Simplest thing to do would be burn to a CD-R(or -RW) then rip them back. Kind of a time-consuming pain in the ass, but it'll work.

A more complicated solution would be to create a virtual CD and then rip them back. I don't know what platform you're using, but a simple google search for "virtual CD" should yield appropriate results, or you can try Tunebite(http://tunebite.com/en/audials/converter-file-format-unprotect-drm-copy-protection-audio-video-recorder-movie-music-audiobook-mp3-wma-wmv-mp4/start.html).

Markxxx
02-27-2010, 03:17 PM
You can try Foobar (http://www.foobar2000.org/), which is great and converts all sorts of formats with a click and it's totally free

Monkey Audio (http://www.snapfiles.com/reviews/Monkeys_Audio/monkeyaudio.html)'s Free version also will convert formats. There is a pay version but you don't need it.

A lot of people perfer Monkey Audio over iTunes and it works well with an iPod

beowulff
02-27-2010, 03:53 PM
When I right-click, even the newer files don't have a "convert to mp3" option, but they have a "create AAC version" option. :( What a pain.

Make sure your import settings are set to MP3.