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I wish I could
Authored by: wadam on Apr 29, '03 11:40:48AM

I wish that I could download tracks from the Apple music store, but due to the fact that my MP3 player does not play AAC files, and Apple has set it up so that you cannot convert their files to MP3, it really isn't an option for me. The only way that I have heard to convert these files is to burn them to CD and then re-rip them as MP3, and this seems like a pain (not to mention the fact that Fortune magazine says that it has hideous results).

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I wish I could
Authored by: ChuckEye on May 01, '03 10:26:48PM

Of course it's natural to turn to Fortune for all your audiophile
and computer advice...

Oh wait, no it's not!



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I wish I could
Authored by: wadam on May 02, '03 10:38:36AM

Sure. If course it's not natural to turn to Fortune, except that I had just finished reading that article and I had no reason to disbelieve what they were saying.

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re: I wish I could
Authored by: Graff on May 02, '03 03:15:13AM
I wish that I could download tracks from the Apple music store, but due to the fact that my MP3 player does not play AAC files, and Apple has set it up so that you cannot convert their files to MP3, it really isn't an option for me.

You could always use Audio Hijack Pro. It will grab audio from any program and output it into a MP3 file for you. So it's pretty easy to convert your protected AAC file into a MP3 file. Good for those people who have an MP3 player and don't want to go to the hassle of burning a CD and then converting it back to MP3.



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re: I wish I could
Authored by: xmenliker on May 03, '03 10:25:40PM

using audio hijack is almost as much of a pain because you have
to wait real time for the length of the track. (it also works when
listening to streamed mp3s, but you didnt hear me say that)
surely someone will program a reasonable AAC to MP3
encoder...



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You Can!
Authored by: bussdriver on May 13, '03 03:09:43AM

I will not say how...DCMA...USA....no freedom to do so.

It is very easy and can be easily automated with an applescript. In fact, I am surprised someone did not post an apple script for iTunes that does the conversion from within itunes by now....

I would but then why bother, I have no motivation 2 do so, I have an iPod...

As for quality loss; you've got to be kidding. They don't know jack. I did it a few times just to see for myself and I can't tell a thing. (other than the mp3 has to be a high bit rate to compare with the mp4)

Interesting to note, Quicktime says those mp4s are varable bit rate....

Also, by not helping people work around the restrictions, I'm helping apple, the public (who will not have to suffer just because the RIAA is past its time--and wants to take more freedoms away) and I'm helping the artists---because in the future artists can use the internet legally; that is if the RIAA does not outlaw that too...

Someday, artists will be able to go to Apple and others and sell their music without a LABEL to steal their money from them. The RIAA will not have the power then that they do now.

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