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mac audio converter

Postposted on Tue May 31, 2011 4:44 am

I need to convert a whole itunes library over to mp3, a quick google through up a million different converters and I was just hoping to get a recommendation, obviously free being better than pay.

I'm not worried about any tracks that might have DRM, I know 99% of the songs in the library don't have it.
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Re: mac audio converter

Postposted on Tue May 31, 2011 5:08 am

A quick search to see if dBPoweramp would work under OSX (which it doesn't unfortunately, save for some sort of virtualisation), this came up as an alternative batch file re-encoder:

http://www.mediacoderhq.com/

Never used this myself, but let me know if it does work, might need one of these in the future! :)
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Re: mac audio converter

Postposted on Tue May 31, 2011 6:50 am

What about just using iTunes? In the preferences, set your import settings up to use the MP3 encoder and choose your bitrate settings. Then select your whole library (Cmd+A should do it) and right-click and choose "create MP3 version". It'll use those bitrate settings and get it going.

You can also choose to show the column called "Kind" and sort by it. Then you can just select the files that aren't already MP3 files to make it quicker.
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Re: mac audio converter

Postposted on Tue May 31, 2011 6:59 am

derFunkenstein wrote:What about just using iTunes?


I never use iTunes, had no idea it could do bulk conversions!
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Re: mac audio converter

Postposted on Tue May 31, 2011 10:42 am

You never use iTunes on a Mac? Are there even any other media library apps available on the platform?

Also, this works in Windows, as well. It's probably the most useful thing iTunes can do, outside of syncing my iPod.
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Re: mac audio converter

Postposted on Tue May 31, 2011 10:46 am

My media library is on the PC.

The MBA is primarily for uni work, and web browsing while i'm watching movies.
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Re: mac audio converter

Postposted on Tue May 31, 2011 1:44 pm

Ah,

I could only see an option for "create aac version", then I changed the import option in preferences over to MP3 and bingo I can convert to MP3 instead.

Now I've just got to work out how to separate the MP3 versions out and remove them from itunes...

Presumably finder can give me all the mp3s in the itunes folder. Then I can remove them from the mac and run one of those itunes cleanup tools from dougscripts.com?
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Re: mac audio converter

Postposted on Tue May 31, 2011 2:00 pm

lol,

while digging through how to do it the complicated way I found a link to the "switch audo converter" on Apple's site which is currently chugging through the library. Much easier.
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Re: mac audio converter

Postposted on Tue May 31, 2011 4:46 pm

You use iTunes to sort out what you want to keep and what you want to toss. Sort by "Kind" and everything that you converted should be together and you can drag it to the trash. Gone from iTunes and ready to wipe from your trash.
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Re: mac audio converter

Postposted on Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:02 am

cool, thanks for the follow up.

It's probably also worth mentioning that Switch program seems very slow.
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Re: mac audio converter

Postposted on Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:22 am

That'll teach ya. Even on a 2.4GHz Turion II in my wife's laptop it'll do AAC to MP3 in at around 45x real time. Then again, it doesn't use more than 2 cores for conversion, so depending on what you have it might have felt slow too.
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