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How to convert iTunes music tracks to MP3

Believe it or not, the songs you bought on the iTunes Store are not in the MP3 format. People often use the term "MP3" as a generic name to refer to all digital music files, but not an exact definition. MP3 actually refers to a very specific type of music file. The songs you bought on iTunes are not in the MP3 format, but they can be. Using an integrated tool in the iTunes program, possible convert iTunes music tracks to MP3in a few steps. We all know how convert MP3 in other formats, but convert AAC to MP3 requires a different process that you find by following this guide.

Read on you will see how simple it is to transform purchased songs on iTunes to listen to them on all music players.

Convert AAC to MP3 (iTunes format)

Songs purchased on the iTunes Store are available inAAC format. Both the AAC and MP3 formats are both digital audio files, only the AAC format is a more recent format, designed to provide better quality than your MP3 files, even though they are very small. Since suiTunes music shows up in AAC, many people believe that this is an Apple format. Not so AAC is a standard format that can also be used with other readers.

The AAC format works with all Apple products but also with other companies. Yet not all MP3 players can read them, so if you want to listen to an AAC music file on these devices, you need to convert iTunes music tracks to MP3.

There are different audio programs that can perform this conversion, but since you have already iTunes, or download it from here (you can't buy songs from the iTunes Store without it), its easier to use. The instructions we offer help you use iTunes to convert songs from the iTunes Store to MP3.

How to set iTunes to convert AAC to MP3

  • Starting with the conversion settings are well set to allow you to create MP3 files with iTunes. If you don't know how to do it, read this guide.
  • To change these settings, start by opening the window ITunes preferences:
  • On Mac, go to the iTunes menu and choose Preferences. On Windows, go to the Edit and select menu Preferences.
  • When you open the Preferences window, the tab appears by default General.
  • Among all the settings on this page, you need to focus below: Import settings. This controls what happens to a CD when you insert it into the computer and start importing the songs. Click Import Settings to open the windows where you can change the options.

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  • In the window Import settings, there are two drop-down menus that allow you to set the two key factors that determine the type of file you will get when sending a digital audio file: file type and quality.

File type MP3, AAC, WAV

You can choose what type of audio file to create – MP3, AAC, WAV or others in the drop-down menu for Import Use. From here select MP3 encoder.

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Set the MP3 quality

After choosing the type of music file, the next choice is to decide the quality of the MP3 file. The more you have the quality of the highest file, the better it will sound, but the more space it will take on the computer or device. Lower quality settings produce smaller files that sound worse.

Choose quality (128 kbps), iTunes Plus (256 kbps), Podcast audio (64 kbps), or create your own custom setting.

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Once you've made your changes, click OK to save the new settings.

How to convert iTunes music tracks to MP3

  • In iTunes, find the AAC song or songs you want to convert to MP3 and click on them. You can highlight one song at a time, song groups or entire albums (select the first song, hold down the Shift key and select the last song), or even non-contiguous songs (hold down the Command key on a Mac or Control on a PC and then click on the songs).
  • When the songs you want to convert are highlighted, click on the menu File in iTunes.
  • Click on Convert.

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  • Click on Create MP3 version. This function transforms the songs in iTunes into MP3 files to listen to other types of MP3 players (you can use them even with Apple devices). The new MP3 file appears next to the AAC version in iTunes.

You need to know that conversion can reduce sound quality

Before converting iTunes music tracks to MP3, you should know that this step slightly degrades the sound quality of the song. The reason for this that both AAC and MP3 are compressed versions of the original song file (raw audio files are very large), therefore, further compression degrades the musical quality of the song.

If you want to transfer your iTunes songs to a new Mac, I suggest you read this article on How to transfer your iTunes library to a new Mac.