Instructions for Song File Format Conversion using iTunes

Here is a summary of the lastest instructions from Apple(1) on how to convert a song’s file format for free using iTunes…

To convert a song’s file format:

  1. Open iTunes Preferences.Windows: Choose Edit > Preferences.
    Mac: Choose iTunes > Preferences.
  2. Click the General button, then click the Importing Settings… button in the lower section of the window.
  3. From the Import Using pop-up menu, choose the encoding format that you want to convert the song to (either MP3 Encoder or Apple Lossless Encoder (=M4A), then click OK to save the settings.
  4. Select one or more songs in your library, then from the File > Convert menu, choose one of the following (the menu item changes to show what’s selected in your Importing preferences):
    • Create MP3 version
    • Create Apple Lossless version (= M4A format)

If you haven’t imported some songs into iTunes yet, you can import and convert them at the same time. This will create a converted copy of the file in your iTunes Library based on your iTunes preferences. To convert all the songs in a folder or on a disk, hold down the Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows) and choose File > Create New Version > Convert [import preference setting]. The Import preference setting will match what you chose in step 3. iTunes will prompt you for the location of the folder or disk you want to import and convert. All the songs in the folder or on the disk will be converted.

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