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Fix MP3 files that iTunes thinks are QuickTime movies Apps
Do you have a problem where iTunes thinks that some MP3 audio files are QuickTime movie files? If so, such a file will still play just fine in iTunes, but iTunes will not sync it to an iPod, nor share it with other networked computers running iTunes.

The Finder will identify these files as type "MP3 Audio File," but doing a Get Info on it from within iTunes will show it as a "QuickTime movie file" instead. You can see all the files iTunes thinks are movie files by control-clicking on the column headings in the iTunes Music list and selecting Kind (if it's not already visible), then clicking on the Kind column to sort all the "QuickTime movie files" together.

To fix the problem, you'll need to have the command-line version of MPlayer installed. Control-click on one of the songs in iTunes and select "Show in Finder" to see the original file; make a copy of this file to your desktop, then run these Terminal commands:
 $ cd ~/Desktop
 $ mplayer -dumpaudio -dumpfile MySong-new.mp3 MySong.mp3
Replace MySong.mp3 with the name of the file. This will dump the audio from the file into MySong-new.mp3. You can then delete the original song from iTunes, and drag the new file into iTunes. iTunes will then properly recognize the new file as being MP3 audio, which can be shared and synced.

[robg adds: I haven't ever seen this issue in iTunes, so I'm hoping this is helpful to someone. Also, that's my link to MPlayer above -- there are many choices for mplayer and OS X, so I'm not sure if I've linked to the same version that Brian intended.]
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Fix MP3 files that iTunes thinks are QuickTime movies
Authored by: ScottM on Nov 08, '06 08:02:22AM

When this has happened to me in the past, simply deleting the file from iTunes Library and re-adding the original will take care of it.

If you let iTunes move the file to the trash, it's easy to locate, and you can simply drag it to your desktop & double-click it to re-add.

This procedure also usually works for video files that are displayed in the incorrect iTunes Source Library and the Video Kind options are greyed-out (e.g. Music Videos that are listed under Movies or TV Shows).



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Fix MP3 files that iTunes thinks are QuickTime movies
Authored by: BulbVivid on Nov 08, '06 08:43:28AM
you can also try iTunes MP3 Rescue: http://nanovivid.com/projects/mp3rescue/

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Fix MP3 files that iTunes thinks are QuickTime movies
Authored by: Slinkwyde on Nov 08, '06 09:05:00AM

I have this problem consistently whenever I use QuickTime Pro's "Save as Source" with QuickTime Pro 7.1.3 and Camino 1.0.3 on 10.3.9 to save an MP3 I loaded (typically a podcast I'm particularly interested in that had an episode uploaded before it was added to the feed). I just convert it to an AIFF before I do that. Since its a podcast that's only going to be on there temporarily, the larger file size of AIFF becomes a non-issue so I opt for it instead of losing further quality.

Assuming Safari has this same problem, Safari users can press option return in the location bar to perform a straight download of the audio file instead of loading it in the browser.



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Fix MP3 files that iTunes thinks are QuickTime movies
Authored by: Mr. H on Nov 09, '06 07:01:44AM

That's because when you choose "save as" from within QuickTime, it saves the mp3 data inside a .mov wrapper, which is different from the default wrapper used by mp3s (which use an MPEG-1 wrapper).



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Fix MP3 files that iTunes thinks are QuickTime movies
Authored by: lukeandrews on Nov 08, '06 09:05:50AM
This is pretty much a repeat of this hint, isn't it?

The problem is due to the type/creator codes, and for me it happens when I've saved an MP3 file from Safari through the Quicktime plugin that Safari uses to preview audio files.

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Yes, just strip the TYPE and CREATOR...
Authored by: germ on Nov 08, '06 12:24:32PM

metadata and iTunes will now think it's an mp3 file.
Also, you will now be able to play the file through Airport.



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Fix MP3 files that iTunes thinks are QuickTime movies
Authored by: Mr. H on Nov 09, '06 07:06:06AM

The problem isn't always only due to type/creator code problems. If the data has been saved inside a QuickTime .mov wrapper instead of an MPEG-1 stream, changing type/creator codes won't help.



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Opposite problem
Authored by: damiond on Nov 08, '06 06:54:14PM

Does anyone know how to fix a similar but reversed problem?
I have video podcast that I don't want to show up in the Music section of FrontRow - What's the point in playing just the audio of them ?

I don't want them mixed with all my real music.



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Fix MP3 files that iTunes thinks are QuickTime movies
Authored by: inertia186 on Nov 09, '06 10:02:15AM

You could also just convert the MP3 to AAC, which helps avoid the LAME VRB bug, but takes longer.



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Fix MP3 files that iTunes thinks are QuickTime movies
Authored by: Brian Kendig on Dec 12, '06 11:03:23PM

I've been told that another, simpler, solution to the problem is to select the track in iTunes then select 'Convert Selection to MP3' (or AAC, if that's the default format you have set in iTunes) from the 'Advanced' menu.

The problem isn't merely type/creator codes; it's caused by the audio being encapsulated in a movie file wrapper for some reason. The movie wrapped has to be stripped off for iTunes to recognize the file as audio.



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Fix MP3 files that iTunes thinks are QuickTime movies
Authored by: nuthatch on Feb 10, '07 01:33:21PM

There seems to be a bug with the QuickTime plugin where mp3 are saved wrapped in QuickTime movies, even if you use the QuickTime Pro "Save as source..." option and NOT the "Save as QuickTime..." And this is a huge pain with iTunes refusing to handle it correctly. Thanks, QuickTime.

The easiest way to fix it is to drag the "movie" into Firefox, then use the browser's "File : Save Page As..." and save the mp3 with a new name.

You can then compare the two files...the wrapped movie will have the QuickTime logo with "mp3", but your new file will be an actual plain old mp3 file.

Done, and done!



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How to find the command line version of MPlayer
Authored by: colinng on Feb 12, '07 05:44:55AM
Download MPlayer for Mac OS X from
The easiest way to use the command line is to make a symlink to the binary.
Straight out of the MPlayer OS X Help, under Tips and Tricks:
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To use the command line version of mplayer without any hussle, we suggest you create a link to the binary file contained in the MPlayer OSX.app bundle. To do that, just type the following into your terminal:
ln -s /Applications/MPlayer OSX.app/Contents/Resources/External_Binaries/mplayer.app/Contents/MacOS/mplayer /usr/local/bin/mplayer
This will create a symlink to the mplayer command line binary, and place it into /usr/local/bin. (You can place it anywhere you like, but traditionally, user made binaries, that are not part of the distribution are placed in /usr/local/bin)

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