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iTunes [Oct. 21st, 2003|11:05 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I played with Apple's music store earlier today.

How can I convert .m4p files (Apple's iTunes AAC files) to mp3? To me, AAC is useless.

I figure since I use Windows iTunes under Linux vmware, I could just use one of those /dev/dsp capturer things, and then re-encode the results to mp3. Only problem then is it's real-time encoding... I'd like to find a way to do it faster, in a batch.

[User Picture]From: idigital
2003-10-22 03:15 am (UTC)
.m4p is Apple's limited-license version of the AAC format. To copy it directly is probably going to be difficult due to the fact that it probably has a header saying "look, don't convert this to another format" to any AAC-capable decoder/encoder.

Having said that... the underlying format is almost certainly the same, other than that header, so if you get some software that will ignore the difference between .m4a and .m4p files, you should be okay. However, because Apple are pretty much the only people making widespread AAC-capable software, this could be pretty difficult.

For now, at least, your best bet is probably to stick to the whole "Burn and rip" thing... if you have a fast enough drive (and a CD-RW - don't waste CD-Rs if you're only going to use them once... save them for when you need them!) then it'll probably be faster than doing it in real time by just capturing vmware's sound output.
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