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help? converting itunes' m4p into mp3?

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yeah i'm downloading some itunes but i don't have an ipod, just a regular mp3-only player, so how can i turn these m4p's into mp3's? i've tried a wave program like goldwave but that doesn't work.

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m4a files you mean? I think the best way is supposed to be burn them onto a CD and then rip them, but then you lose quality. Welcome to crappy Apple file formats.

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If you are buying tracks from the store, then you need to burn them to a cd before you can convert them.

If you are importing from a cd, do this:

In your itunes preferences, go to advanced, and then importing. Change m4a to mp3, set your encoding bitrate, and you are good to go. :-)

You'll rip cds to mp3 now.

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m4a files you mean? I think the best way is supposed to be burn them onto a CD and then rip them, but then you lose quality. Welcome to crappy Apple file formats.

Waste of a CD. Play the song back on your computer and record in another program using Stereo Mix/What U Hear as the recording input.

That's if you can't find a Nullsoft Disk Writer-like app that handles m4a files.

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m4a files you mean? I think the best way is supposed to be burn them onto a CD and then rip them, but then you lose quality. Welcome to crappy Apple file formats.

M4P is the protected fileformat, M4A is unprotected audio. There are methods that I cannot further divulge(Hint: Google for it) to remove the protection on iTMS purchased music, which can then be followed by converting the M4As to MP3s in iTunes itself, resulting in MP3s. Quality loss is a part of this though, but only in the M4A>MP3 part.

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I've used a handy little program called QTFairUse to deal with this problem. Strips the DRM and converts your M4P files into whatever format. I'm not sure how many conversion formats it supports, but I chose MP3 and had no issues. Obviously this is much easier than re-recording all your files.

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I've used a handy little program called QTFairUse to deal with this problem. Strips the DRM and converts your M4P files into whatever format. I'm not sure how many conversion formats it supports, but I chose MP3 and had no issues. Obviously this is much easier than re-recording all your files.

thanks man. this program doesn't have any option to convert to mp3 or anything, but it does the trick for getting m4a. i'd spank you but we're on the internet so i won't.

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Finally, if you've got a good sound card, there's probably an option somewhere to automatically record what is coming out of your speakers at any given moment (I'm thinking of Creative's X-Fi line, but I'm sure that others have this feature as well).

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There's a program called Switch, which is what I use.

http://www.nch.com.au/switch/plus.html

Free version works well.

I used this for a while, but then the trial period ran out. If you have Winamp Pro though, you can download and install this transcoder plugin - http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~wdhf2/transcoder/

Is there any free transcoding software that anyone knows about?

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