How do I have iTunes rip CDs into MP3 format?
I'm trying to use Apple's slick iTunes program to copy my music CDs into MP3 format so I can download them to both my MP3-capable cellphone and my Sony PSP, but it seems like on the Mac it wants to produce AAC and on the PC it prefers WMA formats. What gives, and how do I change it?
I'm also a bit fan of iTunes, I have to admit, and find it a great app, particularly for free (you can download it from the Apple site: download iTunes), but I have also found what you're saying to be frustrating.
Fortunately, if you don't mind digging into the preferences, you can change your default music format forevermore and find that every CD you rip is ready to go onto any MP3 player you'd like, from a Sony PSP to a Nokia or Motorola MP3-capable cellphone.
On the PC, choose Controls --> Preferences..., then click on the Advanced tab and go to Importing:
You can see here that the default format on my PC is AAC (sounds like yours is probably set to WMA, Windows Media Audio). Click on the "Import Using" pop-up and you'll see that MP3 is one of the possible formats. Choose it, and click "OK".
Now let's experiment by actually ripping a CD. I'll choose one of my favorite Sting CDs from my library for this task, Sacred Love. I insert it into the PC and after just a few seconds it appears in iTunes and all I have to do is click on the "Import CD" button on the top right and it'll start copying all the music onto my computer:
It takes a few minutes, but eventually I have a copy of all the music files in the folder (ready for this?) My Documents / My Music / iTunes / iTunes Music / Artist / Album. Here's what I mean:
Though the filename suffix isn't shown, these are all in MP3 format, just as we'd hoped, and any of them can easily be copied onto the MP3 player of your choice.
If you're running on a Macintosh, the process is only slightly different. The Preferences option can be found on the iTunes menu item, and once you get there, again choose "Advanced" and "Importing":
Again, you can easily choose MP3 as the default format, rather than AAC, and you'll be in good shape.
That should get you going with iTunes. If you are using Windows Media Player instead, please see the following to learn how to change it to create MP3 rips instead:
• Producing MP3 files with Windows Media Player
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Reader Comments To Date: 72
You cannot rip music to WMA with iTunes. If on the PC that's what you get, you're not using iTunes.
how do u change the format for downloaded itunes videos to be compatible with a psp?
You cannot do that, g3. The videos from the iTunes store are all protected with a digital rights management system.
Yeah but isn't there a way to get your psp to play the aac format which is the same as M4p?
THANK YOU THANK YOU I have been trying to get music on my PSP for days now and I finally did it because of you! I finally realized the thing about the Mp3 files. Thank you so much.
I have been helping my son load music onto his PSP and I found your site. Scrolling down through all these kids and people tossing out all these questions to you reminded me of that cartoon where the old man listens to all the childrens wishes and they come out in an unending stream all overlapped and blurry, and he wants to help every one. This is a BEAUTIFUL thing you're doing here!!! God Bless!!
PS you helped us get the music going too!!!!
Is there a way to change the tunes I've already ripped to mp3 files? I can't get the songs and cd's I've ripped to our G5 to play when I have my ipod hooked up to xbox 360. This is weird because it will play songs that were put on the ipod from our old computer and my brother's computer, just not the G5.
You can play AAC files on the PSP - you just need to change the extender so they're recognised.
How do I copy music from a cd onto my pc?
is there a quick way to change all existing tracks on i-tunes to mp3 as i have thousands of them on there. cheers steve
How can I set up to have my favourite song turn on the same time as when my Window is turning on.
I see my question posted but not answer or a link to answer. Here goes. All the files already downloaded in itunes, how do you change them into mp3 files...........
i dont get this... and god bless anyone that does! thank you..
Lois&george, just try NoteBurner and I have used it to convert iTunes to mp3 for several months.
It works as great as advised.
WHEN CHANGE MY ITUNES TO MP3 HOW MUCH MUSIC WILL ALLOW ME TO PUT ON A CD.
If you use NoteBurner, you can convert iTunes to mp3 in very quick way. Normally, you can burn about 600MB one time.
ready for this answer i spent hours being pissed off about this whole converting business. i loaded all my cds then figured out they were not in mp3 format.and was so annoyed when i found out how easy it was
after you changed your default to mp3 which you are shown in the tables above then you can just right click your song and it has an option to convert to mp3.....grrr why didn't i see that one hours ago?
Hi Guys,I was wondering how may single tracks will fit onto a normal 80min CD.With an average trak being about say 7 minutes.I have set my defaults and tunes are already in MP3 format.
I know this may be a stupid question to some of you, but i'm a NOOB at this.
Any input is greatfully recieved.
Thanks for the info on MP3 conversion. I have a MAC. Question is, is there any way to convert all the existing music on my ITunes so that it can play and copy on MP3 format? Or is it not possible to do that?
For the guys asking how to change your library of Itunes files on m4a format to mp3, first you do the changes described to set Itunes to encode on mp3 format, then select all the files you want to convert, and while holding the control key, right click and you will get a menu with the option "convert selection to mp3" and click on it. Itunes will automatically convert all your selected files.
how do i get TV shows onto my PSP!!! every time i try to put a show in a file, a message comes up saying i dont have enough space. I also dont have a file called video, SOOOOO, COULD YOU PLEEEEEZ HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Question. How do you make a mp3CD. I think that's what they're called, when you have hours of stuff on a Cd instead of just 80mins worth,. I have got windows media player with most of my music on there, but I'd like to create a compressed CD and free up some space. I also use real player
how do covert protected itunes format songs into mp3?
I tried NoteBurner ( www.noteburner.com ) to convert all my purchased music to MP3 for my cell phone and MP3 player on my car. NoteBurner is very fast and does a perfect job.
How do I import into itunes, audio talks (MP3's)from my documents. What I have been able to do is import them into Library-Music. However, the name-description designation has no relationship to the name of the file in my documents.
This is a good source for information. Kudo's to every human - acting...human.
i-tunes sucks. you can only use it if you have an i-pod. and i didnt know that and bought 15 songs and now they are good for nothing
This has been SOOOOO helpful.
Thank you so VERY much
XP or whoever tells me I lost a basic part of my
Itunes, namely I cannot access my paid for library and the store, etc. How do I go about
reinstalling so that I do not go on as a new client but keep all my stuff intant.
How do i put a video on my itunes onto my PSP?
I BUY my songs from iTunes, but I want to change them into mp3 format. Would burning it to a cd then importing the songs back as mp3 work?
Answer soon, Cubinj
I would kindly want to know that how to change audio songs into Mp3 format as I have to load it in my Mobile. Sir, even my computer does not play any of my audio CD.please kindly help me.
Sir I am waiting for your humble reply.
Your's Mr Jolly. Writer.
Well I would really like to know how to get music and videos/movies for my
zune on itunes...or If that doesn't work how do I burn cd's on itunes like how do I get the songs on the cd?
Ok i have about 2700 Songs on itunes i would like to convert all of them to mp3s. they are all in differnt directorys and if possable i would like to convert them if it takes a few days thats fine but i dont want to babysit it. is this possable?
I have ripped all my personal music collection (17,000+ songs) into MP3 format..I am curious if I can convert BACK to iTunes original format long enough to load onto my iPod (for the sake of conserving space), then convert BACK AGAIN to MP3 in the iTunes for burning to CD? I have an 80G 5G ipod, but not sure if 20,000 songs in mp3 is a reality.
i followed your instructions on converting itunes into mp3 format however i still don't know how to transfer the songs onto the scan disk mp3 player my husband owns (my kids and i have ipods). i am trying to prevent having to sit load all our cds into the windows media player library as i have already set up a library in itunes and it took a long time. your web site had gotten me further than any other but i am not quite there. i not good with computers so please help.
Hello, I see many people asking the same question, but I don't see the answer. I have burned many cd's to my ibook g4. I assume they were accepted as aac as that is what the preferences were set to. I have since changed it to mp3 but have not downloaded another cd. how can I change from aac to mp3 after the fact so that I can put the songs onto my new palm handheld?
Thank you in advance.
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how do you convert an **html document** song to mp3????
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great stuff! thnx
Is it possible to change songs that were bought on iTunes songs into mp3 format to put on a generic iPod?
I would like to know in detail,how do Iupload my music to mp3 format and then into my personal file?
How can I rip a DVD to my ipod
i love u man........i 'v e been trying for hours until i got this this web page.....i'm making a vaation video and as adding music. this one song that i wanted to play in video as unable to because of codec file error. i read this site got problem resolved in a matter of 2 minutes....thank u....problem was so easy to fix
hey, i did everything u said, got it changed to mp3 but it wont let me copy it? what do i do
Is there a way to burn an itunes file to a CD then upload it on another library with the information not just Track01,track02, etc...
Dave, I do not have itunes on my windows 64bit computer. I understand it's needed to copy my CD to an IPOD. What should I download.
hello dave ,actually u know i have been trying to burn some songs from itunes , but the prob is itunes dont burn some of them songs ,,not even windows media player. i think those files are mpeg4 formate ,,but i convert all my songs to mp3 format in itunes,,can u please ,,please tell me how can i burn those songs ,,any suggestions will be appritiated, thank you.
You need to update this with the new version of Itunes, 9.0 for mac. It is getting harder and harder to get done what you want with all the talk about anti-piracy.
Hi, is there a way to change existing tracks on itunes to an MP3 format so that I can burn a disc with mp3 files that will play on the mp3 cd player in my car? Must one buy software from the likes of allmusicconverter or noteburner, and which one is the best?
so if i convert my itunes files into mp3 will it show up on my aftermarket deck in my truck??
Question: What do you suggest as the best "balanced" Ripper for Audio Files? By that, I mean, I use WMP for most of what I RIP to play in my vehicle. However, the music levels on each song can be quite different. Sometimes the music is low in volume and other times it knocks your head to the outside of the window. What I would like, is the option to adjust high's & low's along with making sure the volume levels stay appreciably the same for every track. I should be who is in charge of what volume a track plays at as I drive down the road; especially if more persons are riding along and we're discussing something at the same time. Got any recommendations? Feel free to email me direct.
How do rip a track with the encode beginning somewhere other than the track's nominal start, for example where the CD directory incorrectly records a track's start as including the last 3 seconds of the preceding track?
I am still having problems trying to get songs in one area and one format. I need a format that allows me to burn cd's and they can be played back on a little older cd players. I have wasted lots of new CD's already. Don't wanna waste any more. I'd like to be able to change formats of songs so i can burn cd's that will play in my 1998 chevy. Can you help?
I tried the conversion thing- worked only on songs I put into ITunes w/ CDs I own- all the ones I PURCHASED from ITunes says "cannot convert "protected" files...how do i get around this ??? THANKS
You didn't talk much about the quality of the MP3... if spaces isn't a problem 320 kbps should be the way to go because most people just think about putting their CD's in the computer and convert them to mp3, but at the basic settings 192 kbps, you loose some nice qualities if you have a great sound system or will have in the futur...
Heres some info i've put in a blocnote file on how i proceed with my cd's:
I'm open to comments
[Transfert A Cd To Mp3]
Import Custom Settings:
Stereo Bit Rate: 320 Kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 Khz
Stereo Mode: Normal
Smart Encoding Adjustments
Filter Frequencies Below 10 Hz
LAME Software Has Bin State As The Best To Convert At 192 Kbps, But At 320 Kbps, They Are Equals
[Picture Basic Size]
Front: 12cm X 12cm || 4,724 Inch X 4,724 Inch
Back Without Sides: 5,46 Inch X 4,646 Inch
Back With Sides: 5,96 Inch X 4,646 Inch
12,95cm X 18,3cm || 5,097 Inch X 7,208 Inch
Cover - Front
Cover - Back
Cover - Cd
Cover - Back & Sides
Cover - Inlay
Cover - Inside
Cover - Booklet
If More Than One Picture Of The Same Type, Add " #" To The Name
If More Than One Different Cover, Add " V#" To The Name
Original Size Bigger Than Basic Size, Add "- Big"
\\Name Of The Grouping
\\\Yyyy - Name
"A Film Score Is The Background Music Of A Film (Which Is Generally Categorically Separated From Songs Used Within A Film)"
"A Score Is Written Specifically To Accompany A Film, By The Original Film's Composer(S)"
"A Soundtrack, However, Contains Everything Audible In The Film Including Sound Effects And Dialogue."
"Soundtrack Albums May Also Include Songs Featured In The Film As Well As Previously Released Music By Other Artists."
[Folder Name] "Yyyy - Name"
If A Parental Advisory Exist, The Clean Cd Will Be: Yyyy - Name - (Clean Edit)
If The Name Of The Album Has ":" In It, Then It Will Be Replace With ()
Altough The Name Of The Album In The Mp3 Will Remain The Same
Example: "2006 - Dreams: The Ultimate Collection" Becomes 2006 - Dreams (The Ultimate Collection)
[Mp3 Name] "## - Name"
If Compilations "## - Name - [Artist]"
If More Than 99 Songs, Use A 3 Digit Number ###
Within The Name Of The Song:
If Its A Skit, Add " - (Skit)" To The Name
If Its Live, Add " - (Live)" To The Name
If Theres Different Parts, Add " - (Part #)" To The Name
If The Song Has Bin Modified (Ex.: Remix, Mix...), Add " - (Name Of The Modification)" To The Name Of The Real Song
Ex.: "02 - 3 Am - (Travis Barker Remix).Mp3"
Artist: Name Of The Artist
Separate By ", " If Multiple Artists For A Song But This Will Lead To A Compilation
Album Artist: Name Of The Artist Who Made The Album
If Artist And Album Artist Differ In The Album, It's A Compilation Of Multiple Artist:
1- "Album Artist" Will Be State: "Various Artists"
2- "Sort Artist" In Sorting Tab Will Be Stat: "Various Artists"
3- "Part Of A Compilation" Will Be Check
If Theres Featuring , Meeting, Prententation, Versus Of Any People, It Will Be States In The "Comments" Such:
"Kid Cudi Vs Crookers"
"Chris Van Dutch Meets Floorfil"
"Sound On Line Presents Brass Bros"
Grouping: Will Be The Same As Album Artist Unless Its Various Artist, It Will Use The "Name Of The Grouping" From The Folder Name
Bpm: Should Be Left As Is
Other Information In The Info Tab Is Obvious To Complete
Picture In The Picture Tab Will Be The "Cover - Front" 12x12cm
Other Information Should Be Wipe Out Unless Specific Usage
Will Contain If Possible The Following Information:
********************* [Songs] *********************
******************** [Lyrics] ********************
*************** [Band Information] ***************
*************** [Other Information] ***************
******************** [Lyrics] ********************
Add this to the folders:
If More Than One CD, Create Sub-Folder:
Yeah it's some hard work but when you have a database like that of thousand's of mp3 and you put them in your mp3 player, everything is perfect
If In The Album Folder Of The Artists: Should Be Name As Is
If Elsewhere But Not In The Various Artists Folder: Should Be Name As "Artists - Section Name - Name Of The Folder"
Example: "Billy Talent - Live Albums - 666"
If In The Various Artist: Should Be Name "Folder Path #1 - Folder Path #2 - Name Of The Folder"
Example: "Games - Blizzard Entertainment - Warcraft (Orcs & Humans)"
While The Folder Path Would Be "D:\Mp3\Various Artists\Games\Blizzard Entertainment\1994 - Warcraft (Orcs & Humans)"
I have a iTunes version 10 and somehow when I go to controls on iTunes, I dont see the option for Preference so I am not able to change it to mp3..please help
i just want to know, how do i change my music,as of now it shows its downloading and uploading to my cd, but wont play in player.bummer, can you help me ? also im getting a error no.5 on start up.the cd,s says wrong format
Hey, thanks, this was perfect for what I needed. Just trying to upload MP3 to a website I'm working on, and haven't done that yet with my Mac. Thanks much!!!
@ Jack: I just found the 'Import Settings' tab under the 'General' Tab, next to the 'when you insert a CD' drop down menu.
This may help some folks who are trying to burn an MP3 audio disk only to get a message that some songs (aac) are in the wrong format. This is incredibly stupid for Apple if they want people to use their AAC codec because although I think it's slightly superior, it's just to big a hassle. They need to convert from AAC to mp3 in the process of writing the disk just as they do for a standard (aif) formatted disk. So this is the best process I have found.
Assuming you already took the time to make a playlist:
1) select your playlist with the mixed aac / mp3 files.
2) make sure your itunes is in list view
3) in the category bar ( Name | Time | Artist | etc... ) right click or go to View -- View Options... and add "Kind" from the list of options.
4) click on the Kind heading so it sorts by Kind of file
5) you'll see all your songs grouped as AAC audio file and MPEG audio file
6) select all the AAC files and right-click and choose "Create MP3 version" which will make copies of all the AAC files but they will not be in any of your playlists, but at least it has all the meta information and gets put in the same folder as the AAC song.
7) click to the main Music item(top of the left bar) and now sort by Date Added (if you don't have that you will need to add it. See #3)
8) all of the mp3 files that where just created will be together at the top. Select and drag them into your playlist
9) now you have duplicates in your playlist but you can simply delete all the AAC files from your playlist and they will no longer be in the order you originally setup
10) you will still have duplicates of all the songs but you can manage that with Display Duplicates under the File menu.
I have copied hundreds of CD's onto Itunes on my Mac book pro.
I have created a separate playlist titled MP3 tracks and have put all of the songs I want to convert into this new playlist. How do I convert these AAC tracks into MP3 files please.
How can I load a song from ITunes that I bought on to a slideshop I made in Photo Shop for my English Project.
I am trying to import the Santana"supernatural" album from CD into itunes. It creates a folder for each track based on the artist
Santana.fea Dave Mathews
Santana.fea Eric Clapton
Is there a way to get all the tracks into one folder
Denis, I guess my question is why do you care about how the files in the iTunes library are organized? Yes they're all split by artist (which in this case is per featured guest artist) but in iTunes itself it's still showing up as a single CD, right?
How can I create my own personal CD? I want a CD with more than one artist for my own personal use.
The direction say: On the PC, choose Controls --> Preferences..., then click on the Advanced tab and go to Importing:
I first invoke iTunes, I assume? I do what the directions say, but none of this happens. Why?
Thankyou so much for this info. Helped me out heaps
Brilliant post, thanks Dave.
For those who didn´t find the preferences-Advanced-import etc tabs, you have to look around they are not necessarily where Dave says they are (eg Gerry). I found mine under Edit-Preferences-General-Import Settings. Your case may be different again.
Thanks again Dave.
Excellent description. Cheers mate.
I do have a lot to say, and questions of my own for that matter, but first I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for all your helpful information by
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