How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

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These are instructions on how to convert audio files to MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF, or M4A using iTunes. This tutorial uses iTunes v8. Before beginning make sure you have added the audio track you would like to convert to your iTunes Library.

Step One
Click to launch iTunes from the dock
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

Step Two
Click to select Music from the list of libraries on the left
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

Step Three
Select Preferences from the iTunes menu at the top left of the screen.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

Step Four
Select the General tab from the Preferences window then click the Import Settings... button.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

Step Five
Notice the Import Using dropdown.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

Select the file format you would like to convert to from the dropdown. The iTunes default format is AAC. You can choose AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3 or WAV.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

Select your desired audio quality from the Settings dropdown.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

Click the OK button to close the Import Settings Window. Click the OK button again to close the Preferences Windows.

Step Six
Click to select the track you would like to convert then hold down the Control key then click the selected track to bring up its contextual menu.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

Select Create MP3 Version to convert the audio file.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

NOTE**: If you selected a different file format to convert to then the menu option would display the format you selected. ie Convert to *** Version

Step Seven
Notice that you now have two listings for the audio track in iTunes. The one with the most recent date is your converted file.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

Drag the converted file onto your desktop or into a folder to copy it for use outside of iTunes.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

Step Eight
You can now delete your converted file from iTunes by selecting it and pressing the Delete key.

Click Remove from the popup window.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes

Then click Move to Trash from the next popup window to completely remove the converted file.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes
Step Nine
Finally, don't forget to switch your Import Settings back to how you they were originally. Most likely using AAC. Follow steps 3-5 again and select AAC from the Importing Using dropdown.
How to Convert to Different Audio File Formats Using iTunes
Shicco - February 11, 2009 at 12:39am
Thanks for this fabulous elaboration, very useful !
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