The iTunes Store uses AAC digital audio format for its files, the reason being their smaller file size with better quality. However, many people still prefer MP3 Format. If you prefer the MP3 format, you will need to convert these AAC files to MP3 versions.
You probably know multiple programs to do the job but, the interesting this is that you can simply use iTunes to do this. An audio file converter is available right inside the iTunes, that will aid in converting the AAC files to MP3.
But, do keep in mind that your songs need to be DRM free to get this process done, otherwise the songs would not be converted.
How to Change iTunes Settings to Create MP3s
The iTunes’ file conversion is supposed to be set to create MP3 files, to make sure of this follow these steps.
- Go to iTunes.
- Go to Preferences.
- Find the General Tab and click Import Settings, and look for “When a CD is inserted.”
- From the Import Settings option, choose MP3 encoder. You should also pick a quality setting, we recommend 192 kbps.
- Go to OK in the Preferences window and close it.
Method for Converting AAC to MP3 Using iTunes
Now that you have changed that setting, you are set to convert AAC files to MP3.
- Open iTunes, and look for the song or multiple songs that you wish to convert to MP3 format.
- Select the files to be converted.
- Click File Menu.
- Click “Convert”
- Click “Create MP3 version”
- Now, the file conversion shall begin. The more files you take, the longer it will take for them to be converted.
- After the conversion is complete, you will have the same song in two formats. It depends on you if you wish to keep both of them or only one format each.
- Delete the files you don’t plan on keeping like you normally would delete files on iTunes.
Getting the best quality out of converted files
This one might not matter to a lot of you but there certainly are people out there with excellent hearing equipment or simply excellent hearing skills, and such people will notice that there is a bit of a loss of quality during the conversion of a song from one format to another. Which might be a turn off for you since you own such high-end equipment and want your songs to be high quality.
This happens mainly because these files are compressed already when you receive them in AAC or MP3 format and the conversion compresses them further.
What you can do is have your files in higher quality from before you convert them. For example, converting a song from CD to MP3 is way better as compared to having it in AAC format and then converting to MP3 format.
Do you use iTunes for conversion of files into MP3 or do you prefer the other software available out there to do the same job? Let us know in the comments down below.