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Convert music videos to iTunes tracks Apps
Following up on the recent hint regarding saving music videos from the iTunes Music Store, here's how to extract the song from the video.

If you drag your new video file into the iTunes window, iTunes will copy the file into its library and play the audio track. You can then discard the video of this file by selecting Convert Selection to... from the Advanced menu. People with golden ears will decry the quality, rightfully pointing out that you're compressing already-compressed audio, but it's a way to get free music from iTMS.

[robg adds: If you have QT Pro, you can use the QuickTime Player to extract the audio -- select File -> Export, and then in the Export pop-up, select Sound to AIFF. You'll be left with an AIFF file at the original quality level, which can then be converted in iTunes. You could also use a tool like Audio Hijack to capture the audio. These techniques are not unique to iTMS videos; you can extract the audio from any QT video clip this way. Note, however, that the quality of the audio in most downloadable videos is quite low; I did some head-to-head comparisons with songs that I own and have ripped, and it's not even close. The video-extracted versions sound like AM radio in comparison ... which is probably why nobody cares if you extract the audio from the freebies.]
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Convert music videos to iTunes tracks
Authored by: hondo77 on May 10, '04 12:52:17PM

It's not just about getting a free version of songs. Take the case of Melissa Auf der Maur. Her album isn't due in the U.S. for a while yet she has made three videos available from her website. Ripping the audio from the videos is the only way a fan like me can hear her songs. Once her CD comes out I will replace the songs I ripped with the high-quality versions but until then, the video versions are all I have.



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Convert music videos to iTunes tracks
Authored by: Durandal on May 10, '04 03:52:37PM

Why not just save the downloaded QuickTime file and extract the audio track from it instead of recompressing? You'll get the exact AAC track that was given to you. Just go to /private/tmp/[userIDNumber]/TemporaryItems, and the file will be there.

Also note that the audio tracks in the music videos are 32 kHz AAC, not 44.1 kHz.

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Convert music videos to iTunes tracks
Authored by: allanmarcus on May 10, '04 02:39:49PM

Why not just convert the sound to AIFF in iTunes?



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Convert music videos to iTunes tracks
Authored by: jonte0 on May 10, '04 05:02:09PM

"You'll be left with an AIFF file at the original quality level"

Original ?

Original as the studio recording or what - I don't think so !


/j



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Convert music videos to iTunes tracks
Authored by: robg on May 10, '04 07:54:56PM

Original as in the original quality in the video, not sampled again into MP3.

-rob.



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Convert music videos to iTunes tracks
Authored by: mdouma46 on May 10, '04 09:33:49PM

You might want to note that, at least for the videos I downloaded, the sample rate of the audio was only 32,000 Hz.

While I can't tell the difference between 128 Kbps AAC (at 44Khz) and full quality AIFF, I can definitely hear it with only 32Khz.



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Convert music videos to iTunes tracks
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Jun 04, '04 05:06:32AM
my 2 cents: (Requires Quicktime Pro)

1. open the file in QuickTime Player:
open -a /Applications/QuickTime\ Player.app/ `lsof | grep -i QTP | grep iTunes | awk '{ print $9 }'`
1a. if that doesn't work:
open -a /Applications/QuickTime\ Player.app/ /tmp/501/TemporaryItems/QTPluginTemp* (change the 501 to your UID)
2. (optional) trim movie as necessary
3. choose File -> Export
4. choose Movie to MPEG-4 from the Export: list
5. click options
6. choose None under video Track
7. (importaint!) choose Pass through under Audio Track
8. click OK
9. name your file and click ok.

if you didn't choose pass through on step 7, quicktime will recomposes the already compressed audio. by choosing pass through, it'll be a lossless copy. add the 96kbps, 32khz AAC file to your iTunes library. (what you thought it was CD quality?)

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