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An easy method of creating iTunes MP3 CDs from AAC files Apps
First, let me start by saying this is not a circumvention of Apple's DRM protected AAC files. This hint is a workaround for a missing functionality iTunes should have built in to it -- similar to the MP3/AAC to AIFF file conversion it does when creating an audio CD. This hint provides a means to easily manage the creation of MP3 CD format disks from AAC unprotected iTunes files, which does not seem to natively exist. This hint ONLY applies to non-protected AAC files. The entire workaround works from right within iTunes-sans hack.
  1. Given a selection of AAC files that you want to burn to an MP3 CD, set your import prefs to MP3 with your choice of bitrate, etc.

  2. Select your tunes in the library or other playlists and batch convert from the Advanced menu -> Convert Selection to MP3

  3. Create a smart playlist named MP3 CD with the only criteria as 'date added is today's date.' Now all of the songs you just converted to MP3 will show up. Note: you may want to also add 'kind is MP3' if you import new CDs to AAC on a daily basis.

  4. Burn your MP3 cd with this smart playlist.

  5. When finished, select all the songs in the smart playlist, hold the option key and hit the 'delete' key. You will be prompted to remove the selected tracks from your Library. Now the dupes you just created are gone ... and your smart playlist will empty, too.
Later, when you want to create another MP3 CD, you only need to do a Get Info (Command-I) on the smart playlist and change the date to the current date. Then, just repeat the burn/remove dupe procedure above.

Make sure you change your import prefs back to AAC so you don't accidentally import your new CDs as MP3.
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An easy method of creating iTunes MP3 CDs from AAC files
Authored by: nvdingo on Jan 14, '04 11:22:32AM

Okay, if you are converting to MP3 from AAC you are going to lose some quality. we all know it. Whether or not you can actually tell the difference is up for grabs ( i can't hear enough of a difference at 70 mph to care, really)

my question is, what kind of conversion multiplier are you getting in that conversion, and is it faster than putting the CD in and just ripping it to MP3 again.

technically, you should get better sounding files that way.
so, it will all come down to conversion speed.



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An easy method of creating iTunes MP3 CDs from AAC files
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Jan 14, '04 01:21:59PM

agreed. reripping from CD would regain a generation of loss. for me it was more a time issue. i can convert 250 songs from AAC to MP3 in about the same time it would take me to dig up a single CD and rerip to MP3. the time lost to quality lost was too significant to ignore.

FWIW, the same smart playlist would help eliminate the dupes in either case tho. so, it comes down to quality lost vs. time lost. choose your own method of getting the MP3.

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An easy method of creating iTunes MP3 CDs from AAC files
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Jan 14, '04 01:31:29PM

forgot to answer your question tho....i get about 8x-15x convertion multiplier (depending on what else is hitting the drive at the moment) going from AAC to MP3 vs. 2.7x-4.5x in my cube's slow optical drive. so, maybe the 250 tracks was an exaggeration. but, i'm pretty unorganized...it might take *me* that long to find the CD i want to re-rip ;)

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Converting faster than ripping from CD again
Authored by: quincyharlan on Feb 05, '04 11:26:17AM

In my experience with this great hint, the files are converted to MP3 about twice as fast as re-ripping them straight from CD. Add to that the fact that you don't have to keep loading new CDs and going through those motions, but rather can select the desired files, hit convert, and walk away.
This is the way to go in my book!

On the audio quality issue, I can't say. It seems fine to me...



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An easy method of creating iTunes MP3 CDs from AAC files
Authored by: sameguy on May 19, '12 03:31:03PM

This works GREAT!!! MY new car can play MP3 files from a CD which is sweet. My entire music library is Apple loseless, all 850 GB of it. This is a great way to put a bunch of music on one CD for the road, and an easy way to get rid of the MP3 files once the CD is burned. From Apple Loseless files, I am getting a conversion rate of 45-85x on a 3.06 GHZ Core 2 Duo imac, circa 2008. Sound quality isn't as good as CD but like a poster above said, at 70mph its hard to hear the difference.



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