Convert iTunes Plus files into MP3

January 8th, 2009

Question: How do I convert my DRM-free iTunes Plus music into MP3?

The other day Apple announced that it was making about 80% of the iTunes store DRM free, with the remaining 20% to follow shortly. DRM-free iTunes means that in theory you should be able move your music to other computers and devices easily ...

But ... iTunes Plus DRM-free music comes in .m4a format which is based on the MPEG-4 part 14 standard. Problem is, far more devices don't recognize what to do with .m4a than do (and its video sibling, .m4v). MP3 is a far more popular format.

So, can you convert .m4a files into.mp3 files? Yes you can, and you can do it all from within iTunes! Here's how:

  1. Click on Edit > Preferences. From the General tab click on Import Settings ... button.
  2. Change the Import Using drop down box to MP3 Encoder.
  3. From the Settings drop down box select Custom ... and choose a Stereo Bit Rate of 256Kbps.
  4. Click OK, OK and OK.
  5. Now find a file that you want to convert, right-click on it and select Create MP3 Version and an MP3 copy will be created.

That's all there is to it!

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