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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library Apps
As a musician, I'm frequently bouncing files from my audio sequencer (Logic) to AIFF and then converting them to MP3 for posting on the web. In iTunes2, you could convert any AIFF file to MP3 by choosing Advanced -> Convert to MP3... which would bring up a file select dialog. In iTunes3 and iTunes4, this menu item changed to read 'Convert Selection to MP3', so you had to add the AIFF file to your library before converting it, and then you'd have to remove the AIFF file afterward.

I just discovered that you can bring up a file select dialog to convert any file without first adding it to your library by holding down Option and then clicking on the Advanced menu. The menu item changes to read 'Convert to MP3...'. Yay! If you have iTunes set to encode using AAC, this menu item will read 'Convert to AAC...'.

[robg adds: Amazing; hadn't thought to try that. Even if I had, I probably would have missed it, as the iTunes menus are not "dynamic." You need to hold down Option prior to selecting the menu; unlike the Finder and many other OS X apps, you won't see changes in real time as you press and release the Option key.]
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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library
Authored by: FunkDaddy on Jun 06, '03 12:03:06PM

This doesn't work... it still adds the file to my library. Which stinks, cuz I have tons of AIFFs from band rehersal I want to compress, and I can't find a copy of LAME that will install on X.



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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library
Authored by: FunkDaddy on Jun 06, '03 12:04:57PM

Oh, you mean BEFORE you encode it... ah. I'd like to encode and save elsewhere, NOT to the iTunes Library. Anyone know of a LAME package that will install on 10.2.6?



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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library
Authored by: david-bo on Jun 09, '03 12:14:09PM

I installed lame from source on 10.2.5 (and many previous versions of Mac OS X) with no problems at all.

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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library
Authored by: notmatt on Jun 06, '03 12:58:21PM
Have you tried the fink package for lame? I haven't tried myself, but it is listed in the stable brance, so it ought to be OK.

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Fink's Lame dist works fine
Authored by: englabenny on Jun 09, '03 12:53:24PM

for me.



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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library
Authored by: Eravau on Jun 06, '03 01:42:47PM
There's a MacOS X packaged LAME on this page that installed fine for me without incident.

-Eravau (Tony Colter)
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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library
Authored by: FunkDaddy on Jun 06, '03 03:22:46PM

I did install the Jag package, but I get this error:
dyld: lame Undefined symbols:
lame undefined reference to _tgetent expected to be defined in /usr/lib/libSystem.B.dylib
Trace/BPT trap

someone told me it was outdated... any help?



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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library
Authored by: artarf on Jun 07, '03 08:23:34AM

I use NMP3 to encode my MP3s.

It is a cocoa wrapper around LAME. Works separately from iTunes. Freeware.

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/13054



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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library
Authored by: DougAdams on Jun 06, '03 01:11:30PM
We have a script called Rip This Where I Want It: "Rips selected tracks from a CD with iTunes (using an on-the-fly selected encoder; your Preferences-selected encoder is restored after running the script) and places the resulting ripped file(s) into a folder located wherever you designate. Though files are added to iTunes as part of the ripping process they are subsequently removed from the Library (and removed from the Music folder under OS X)."

Cheers!
Doug
Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes

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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library
Authored by: FunkDaddy on Jun 06, '03 03:55:35PM

All my jam sessions are already on my HD, they're just in aiff format, taking up tons of space. That script needs a CD, but maybe I can edit it and make one to fit my purposes. Thanks.



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Not related to iTunes but....
Authored by: leary on Jun 06, '03 02:27:28PM

Logic 6 now allows mp3 import/export directly within the application. Works great!



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Not related to iTunes but....
Authored by: pascalpp on Jun 07, '03 10:27:22PM

I have Logic 6.1. Unfortunately, I don't think I can use it's MP3 encoder in my workflow because i like to bounce my session to an AIFF file, then open it in Peak to normalize before converting to MP3 to ensure it's at maximum loudness.

(Aside: is there a way in Logic to ensure my bounced file is at maximum loudness? Basically i'ld like to add a Normalize insert on my Output 1-2 channel before bouncing. I know i can bump the loudness with a limiter but that changes the quality of the output. I just wanna normalize the whole session -- like i currently do in Peak.)



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WHAT I MISS FROM SOUNDJAM!!!
Authored by: MacDuff on Jun 06, '03 05:14:09PM

Is the ability to change compression formats RIGHT in the conversion window! It was so easy to swicth from MP3 to AIFF or .WAV. Now, you have to DIG into the prefs. WHY did Apple dummy THAT feature down?! :(

Really inconvenient.

And frankly, I wonder if we will ever see an "iTunes Pro", now that Apple owns all that fantastic Waveburner Pro technology? Waveburner itself has not even been Carbonized yet! :(



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Waveburner for OS X
Authored by: MacDuff on Jun 06, '03 05:25:05PM

Just checked Emagic's site. looks like an OS X version of Waveburner is on the way!



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A quick fix for files added to the library ...
Authored by: infectme on Jun 11, '03 07:56:46PM

This is a great tip, but as other users have pointed out, it does still add the files to your library in itunes 4.

A small way around this: If you haven't added anything else to your library that day, a quick fix for this is to simply create a new Smart Playlist that is made with the criteria: Date Added is [today]. You can add other criteria to make it even more specific, but this seems to work fine.

This will at least allow you to see all of the songs that were imported on that day. Now you can control-click them to bring up a menu of options. You can select "Show song file" from the contextual menu that pops up which will take you to the finder with a window displaying the newly encoding file(s). Just drag these out of that folder into whatever folder you want to store it in. Go back to itunes and if you want to delete these songs from your library, select them and hold down [option] while pressing the [delete] key. You will be asked "are you sure you want to delete these songs from your library" and of course, since we already moved them out using the finder, click yes and they will then be removed from your library listing.

And that's it, the songs you just added are gone from the library but encoding as mp3 and saved somewhere else. I hope this was clear enough to understand and replicate.



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A quick fix for files added to the library ...
Authored by: sjk on Jun 14, '04 02:44:43PM
Good tip re: Date Added playlist. That's probably the first Smart Playlist I created. :-)

If the "Copy files to iTunes Music library when adding to library" preference is unchecked then Option-Delete only removes entries from the music library (and all playlists) but not corresponding files in the music folder. That library vs. folder distinction is often muddled. I remember being uncertain at first whether or not files were being deleted.

iTunes seems begging for improvements to manage multiple music collections stored under different folder hierarchies, regardless of how they're organized. Some "smart-style" preferences to auto-select locations and organizational structures when adding/transcoding files would be useful, reducing the need to futz with Finder and Terminal, or post-process with AppleScript, to do those things. The ability to conveniently work with different music folders directly within iTunes is a higher priority for me than having multiple libraries.

Btw, Command-R is a handy shortcut for Show Song File.

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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library
Authored by: Phila3884 on Jun 13, '04 05:11:44PM

I don't know about you, but this worked for me. I burned some Apple Music Store songs to audio CD with iTunes (no problem), then converted them from the CD to MP3 format into the iTunes Library using this method and ultimately they played on my iRiver MP3 player. Finally, a way to outsmart those folks at ITunes!



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Use iTunes4 to convert AIFF files without adding to library
Authored by: nick717 on Feb 13, '08 12:54:06PM

sorry I do not understand - I tried to look for an option key in the i tunes but cannot find it...could you please explain the procedure of the aiff to mp3 conversion in the itunes4 a little bit more clearly so that i would understand? I would be much obliged. nick



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