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Converting single files

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Video: Converting single files

Occasionally, you may need to convert an audio file from one format to another. For example, if you ripped an uncompressed AIFF version of a song from a CD, that file is probably too large to send attached to an email to a friend. So you may want to convert it to an AAC or MP3 file. We saw at the beginning of this chapter that you can go to iTunes > Preferences or Edit > Preference on Windows and under the General section, you can select the encoder you want to apply to the music you take off of your CDs by clicking Import Settings. These settings also apply to any individual tracks already in your library that you may want to convert.

Converting single files

Occasionally, you may need to convert an audio file from one format to another. For example, if you ripped an uncompressed AIFF version of a song from a CD, that file is probably too large to send attached to an email to a friend. So you may want to convert it to an AAC or MP3 file. We saw at the beginning of this chapter that you can go to iTunes > Preferences or Edit > Preference on Windows and under the General section, you can select the encoder you want to apply to the music you take off of your CDs by clicking Import Settings. These settings also apply to any individual tracks already in your library that you may want to convert.

Maybe for instance I'm in a band, and I want to submit one of my songs to a talent agency's web site. All of my songs are encoded as AACs and the website requires me to send MP3s. No problem. I just go into my preferences here and I can change my import setting to MP3. Now as a general rule, you should probably avoid converting an AAC into an MP3 or vice versa, if you want to maintain the highest sound fidelity. When you compress an already compressed audio file, you're bound to lose a bit of quality.

Chances are you might not be able to tell the difference, but some people can. Your best bet is to convert an uncompressed file like an AIF or WAV file, or even rip the song off the original CD again if you have access to it. But for this example I am just going to convert an AAC file to an MP3. To do so, just select the song, right click on it, and choose Create MP3 Version. What this menu item actually says depends on what you have selected in your import settings. If I had selected the WAV encoder for example, this menu would say Create WAV Version.

In any case all I have to do is select my command, Create MP3 Version, and iTunes creates this MP3 version, which is now sitting right here in my library. Now I have two versions of the same song in a different format and I can't necessarily tell which is which from just looking at them in my library. Instead, I am going to right-click and choose Get Info, and under the Summary section I can say that okay, this one is an AAC audio file. If I click Next, this is the one that's the MPEG or MP3 file. And if I am going to email this to someone, I find it easiest to then right-click on the file, choose Show in Finder, or in Windows, Show in Windows Explorer, which reveals the file for me, and from here I can grab the file and drag it into my email application.

So that's how you can convert a single file or multiple files, if you select them all at once, into another format here and iTunes.

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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 31m 45s
    1. Opening iTunes for the first time
      3m 20s
    2. Exploring the Source pane
      4m 49s
    3. Using the playback controls
      6m 33s
    4. Setting general preferences
      3m 21s
    5. Exploring the interface differences in the Mac and Windows versions
      7m 14s
    6. Setting parental controls
      4m 39s
    7. Using keyboard shortcuts
      1m 49s
  3. 57m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 58s
    2. Importing from a CD
      5m 41s
    3. Entering song info manually
      8m 40s
    4. Finding and adding album artwork
      6m 41s
    5. Adding lyrics to songs
      4m 2s
    6. Dragging in song files
      6m 32s
    7. Converting single files
      2m 24s
    8. Using the Automatically Add to iTunes folder
      5m 0s
    9. Joining tracks
      4m 46s
    10. Importing videos
      4m 35s
  4. 25m 44s
    1. Consolidating your library
      4m 8s
    2. Upgrading to iTunes Media organization
      2m 29s
    3. Extending your library
      4m 47s
    4. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 38s
    5. Finding duplicate songs
      3m 56s
    6. Moving a library
      7m 46s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Browsing
      6m 34s
    2. Searching
      1m 52s
    3. The Snapback button
      1m 18s
    4. Rating songs
      2m 7s
    5. Exploring playback options
      9m 35s
    6. Creating playlists
      5m 53s
    7. Creating Smart Playlists
      7m 13s
    8. Creating playlist folders
      2m 55s
    9. Shuffling and repeating
      3m 4s
    10. Using iTunes DJ for party playlists
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Equalizer
      7m 1s
    12. Using the Visualizer
      4m 20s
    13. Using internet radio
      3m 27s
  6. 20m 6s
    1. Sharing over a network
      5m 6s
    2. Turning on home sharing
      4m 2s
    3. Burning discs
      6m 54s
    4. Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express
      4m 4s
  7. 38m 46s
    1. Store overview
      3m 29s
    2. Creating an account
      3m 28s
    3. Browsing for content
      4m 2s
    4. Searching for content
      3m 29s
    5. Purchasing content
      7m 32s
    6. Purchasing gifts for others
      3m 44s
    7. Redeeming iTunes gift certificates
      1m 15s
    8. Using the Genius sidebar and creating Genius playlists
      5m 50s
    9. Using the Ping social network
      5m 57s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Finding and subscribing to podcasts
      6m 50s
    2. Listening to and interacting with enhanced podcasts
      2m 12s
  9. 27m 38s
    1. Managing your iPod
      7m 21s
    2. Syncing music and movies
      7m 16s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Syncing photos from a Windows computer
      3m 2s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 5s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Windows computer
      3m 3s
  10. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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