iTunes Conversion to MP3

Here some simple instructions for converting iTunes format to MP3 so they can be used in the players.

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Following is a straight-forward method of doing the conversion that doesn't require the creation of a CDROM to do the transfer. 

First download Apple's QuickTime software with the iTunes package and installed it on my computer. 

Watch the video.


The following procedure was used in the video:

Things you'll need:   iTunes

  1. Open iTunes.

  2. Open iTunes Preferences. This can be done by clicking "Edit" and selecting "Preferences" on a Windows computer or clicking "iTunes" and selecting "Preferences" on a Macintosh computer.

  3. Under the "General" tab, click the "Import Settings" button. Then click the drop-down menu labeled "Import Using" and select the "MP3 Encoder".

  4. Click "OK" to confirm this selection. Click "OK" to exit the Preferences menu.

  5. The following steps will create a new MP3 version in the iTunes folders.

    • Click to highlight the iTunes file in your library that you would like to turn into an MP3 file.  If you hold the shift key while selecting a song, you can select multiple songs and convert them at the same time.

    • Then click "Advanced" and select "Create MP3 Version."

    • Alternatively, right-click the file and select "Create MP3 Version".   

    • An MP3 version of the iTunes file will then appear below the original file. You have now successfully turned an iTunes file into an MP3 file.

  6. The following steps will update the music file header format from an older default to the current header format. 

    • In iTunes, use your mouse to highlight all the new MP3 files you just created. 

    • Right-mouse-click over the highlighted files and select "Convert ID3 tags...". A dialog box will appear.

    • Check the "ID3 tab version:" box and select "v2.3" from the drop-down box.

    • Press "OK".  Song tags should now be compatible with most newer software.

  7. When using iTunes to create the MP3 version on my computer, it stored the songs in a default directory which is my user account at C:\Users\William Bytheway\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music .   Substitute your user account where mine is shown in RED.   Use your File Explorer to copy those songs to your C:\User\Publc\Music directory structure.

    • Note, the motorcycle music software is capable of reading the songs is the directory that iTunes created them in.  I recommend that you skip copying the songs to a new directory and use the software to read in the MP3 songs from the iTunes folders.

After you have converted these songs to MP3, you can use the motorcycle software tool to read them in.  This is where the YouTube videos you watched came in.

Copyright Bill Bytheway, K7TTY -- March 2012