How do I get MP3 format files out of my iTunes player on my Macintosh? I want to know because I have a new Sony PSP unit and really want to copy some songs from my computer onto my PSP unit. Thanks!
This isn’t quite as simple as you may wish, because what I’d love to see is that you could highlight a set of songs or albums, then choose “Export” and there’d be a folder created on your desktop with perfectly named MP3 files, neatly tucked into folders. Alas, that’s not to be.
Instead, you need to do some of this yourself. Here’s the fastest and easiest way to do this:
First, open up your iTunes player and select a sample track that you’d like to copy onto your Sony PSP. Now, with that track selected, choose File -> Show Song File. You’ll be shown the folder that contains that track and all the other tracks from that particular album. It looks like this:
Here you can see that I’ve highlighted the brilliant Louis Jordan rendition of “Five Guys Named Moe”. Notice here that it’s in MP3 format, though the filename isn’t particularly friendly. I’ll fix that in a moment.
Plug your Sony PSP device into your computer, then make sure that the PSP is in “USB Connect” mode (see my article Copying photos and music to Sony PSP for details of how to get your PSP plugged in and working in USB mode). You’ll see the PSP appear on your desktop: open up a Finder window and navigate to where you can see the “MUSIC” folder within the “PSP” top-level folder.
Now go back to the iTunes Finder window and hold down the Option key while dragging the icon for the desired song into the MUSIC folder on your Sony PSP device itself.
Now, if you’re so inclined, rename the music file to something more logical like “Five Guys Named Moe.MP3″.
That’s basically all you need to do. To copy a bunch of files, just select them all then Option-drag them en masse onto your Sony PSP device.
If you have a Windows PC you should find a similar feature in the PC version of iTunes that’ll let you identify the source MP3 songs.
It’s also worth noting that there are some nice freeware and shareware music management applications that you can download from a site like VersionTracker, Mac or PC, that’ll make this process even easier.
Hope that helps you out!