If you want to play those AAC songs you purchased in iTunes on another media player that doesn’t support AAC or if you need an MP3 version of an AAC song for other uses, such as with Animoto, fear not, its easy to convert an AAC song in iTunes to MP3 format.
Here’s how to do this on a PC:
- open iTunes
- click on the ‘Edit’ menu
- click ‘Preferences’
- click the ‘General’ tab
- click the ‘Import Settings’ button
- click ‘MP3 Encoder’ on the ‘Import Using’ pull-down menu
- Select the desired quality level on the ‘Setting’ pull-down menu
- click ‘OK’ twice to close both dialogue boxes
- select the AAC track you want to convert in the iTunes window
(you can click and convert more than one at a time if you wish)
- right-click on it;
- choose "Create MP3 version" from the popup menu.
The AAC file will then be converted into an MP3 file. It will automatically be added to iTunes. It will appear above or below the AAC track in your library as it is being created. To locate the underlying MP3 file on your hard drive:
- right click on the newly created MP3 version in your iTunes library
- click on the ‘summary’ tab
At the bottom of the the open dialogue box you’ll see the ‘Where:’ field telling you exactly where the song is on your hard drive.
Note: AAC and MP3 are both ‘lossy’ formats. The quality of the MP3 will be lower than the original AAC quality. This is why I suggested the highest encoding level above. For most, the quality will be just fine.