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Need Help Converting Songs...

by stevevb / August 10, 2008 11:14 AM PDT

Let me start by saying that I'm totally opposed to illegal downloading. I have no problem paying for my music. That said, I do take issue with limitations that I'm faced with after paying for the songs. Here's my quandry...

I have an Ipod, as well as an mp3 player and an LG Dare. My library consists of about 2500 songs of which I purchased about 300 from Itunes. This means that I can only play those 300 songs on my Ipod. I seem to remember reading that there is a way to convert ITunes songs to the mp3 format. Can someone give me instructions for accomplishing that?

I like the Itunes program, but have begun buying music from Rhapsody. If I convert these songs, will they also be converted in the Itunes program, or do I need to find a new music management program?

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Cnet has many times noted...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2008 11:29 AM PDT

That you can make an AudioCD from whichever application then hand it to iTunes. For me I use CDEX to make MP3s.

Seems nothing stands in your way now.

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are any iTunes Plus tracks?
by ktreb / August 10, 2008 12:14 PM PDT

If you have any of those, they don't have DRM and you can convert them to mp3s within iTunes (you actually get an mp3 copy while the original stays intact).

You should be able to right click on one of those songs and select "convert selection to mp3". If you have a bunch of these, you may want to make a smart playlist (kind contains purchased aac) so you don't have to hunt them out.

For the rest of them, the tried and true method is the burn to audio cd and rip back to computer, as Bob has already pointed out. Again, you may want to make a smart playlist (kind contains protected aac) so you can weed out the iTunes Plus ones that you don't need to burn to audio cd.

As for your last question, if you started buying from Rhapsody just recently (in the last month or so), they should already be mp3s and don't need to be converted. You can just import them into iTunes. Locate where Rhapsody puts those songs and open up that folder. Open up iTunes and then drag songs into the left pane where you see library, playlists, etc.

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Thank you
by stevevb / August 11, 2008 11:44 AM PDT

I understand what you are saying about Rhapsody being in MP3 already. That is the main reason for my switch. As for the ITunes +, I also understand that, but they have a very limited selection. I'm just looking to be able to maintain one library that will work on all my players.

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One More Question
by stevevb / August 14, 2008 12:26 PM PDT

Ok, so I've figured out how to do the conversion, but alot of my tunes are converting without the name of the title or artist. Any way I can fix this without doing each one manually?

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that is the limitation of that method
by ktreb / August 14, 2008 3:30 PM PDT
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If you did the reripping within iTunes you should have retained song titles but that's usually all you get. You would still need to manually add album and artist information. Otherwise, you get no information. You might want to look into tag editors but I'm not sure if they would work for songs that have no information.

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