Converting m4a files to mp3?
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Author:  Simon_M [ Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Converting m4a files to mp3?

Hi folks

Sorry 'bout this but I've trawled and trawled and I can't find a simple answer to this. Basically here is the dilemma:

Impressed with the 605, I decided to get a smaller, cheaper Archos product for more "general" use, so I opted for the 204.

No problem with putting all my music on it I thought, 'cos I'd taken all our uploaded music from my girlfriend's iTunes program and already successfully dumped it onto the 605.

BUT, the iTunes music is in m4a format so I had to buy the Archos software update in order to play it on the 605, something that I was prepared to do for the 204 if necessary.

Of course I've just discovered that there is no such software update for the 204 - ooops!

So now I have a folder with all my music in it on the laptop (I've separated it from iTunes 'cos, being a complete technophobe I don't even want to touch that program!) in unplayable m4a format.

Please can someone tell me if there is a reliable, cheap program that I can use to convert this folder of music from m4a into mp3 format? I really don't know what I am doing here so the simpler the better would be useful!!

As always, many thanks for any help anyone can offer.

Very best wishes


Author:  roylovelock [ Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:38 am ]
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good news its freeware, bad news is if its DRM heavy then you will need to rip the DRM out first using this

Now, if you have any audiobooks in m4b format you can simply use nero wave editor to convert them to mp3.

Hope thats helpful to you

Author:  Simon_M [ Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:29 pm ]
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Hi again folks

First let me say a big thankyou Roy for recommending the bonkenc program, It worked a treat - eventually!

In fact the reason it's taken me so long to post this reply is because I have been busy converting and loading up all of our songs (all 3400 of 'em!) on to the 204. And, as they say, third time lucky!

Please allow me to share my experiences so that hopefully some other novice like me won't have to go though the same arduous process that I have just been through!

Firstly, when you convert files it's worth noting that you need to tell your conversion program exactly what data you require to be carried over during conversion. Bonkenc, for example, has a default setting of "artist, album name, track title". If you want track titles, you need to tell the program to carry this data.

So, 3400 songs later and no track numbers means that if you ever want to hear your albums in their original format you need to start again so that this information is included.

It is worth mentioning at this point that the bonkenc program seemed to randomly reject certain songs on certain albums which caused Windows to shut the program down (don't know why as all our music is from original cds). This necessitated finding the offending album from the "converted" folder and removing it to separate folder for later conversion, removing everything that had been converted up to that point from the "unconverted" folder, uploading the remaining files once again on to bonkenc and rearting the conversion. Sadly this happened several times which was a bit time consuming, but hey at least when I came to convert the files for a second time with the track number info I could leave the program to its own devices as all the undigestable albums had already been weeded out!

Now, when you load music up on to the 204 and update the ArcLibrary, the machine sorts it all into its own little format which goes "Artist Name, Album Title, Track Title" all A to Z and always in that order. That means that if you want to play your music in original track order you must select the "hard drive" option in the "music" folder when navigating on the player and then select the converted music folder that you've dropped in there.

It's worth mentioning at this point that the 204 will only recognise the first 1000 songs in the folder when you try to play music in this way so if you've got more than 1000 songs (3400 for example) they need to be split into separate folders each containing no more than 1000!

So by the time I'd converted everything for a third time I finally had what I was after : a small, easy to use (!!) decent sounding mp3 player with a good capacity containing all of our music (minus my girlfriend's weird Bollywood stuff - not my thing really!)

In short I would say that both the bonkenc program and the 204 are quality products - provided you know what you're doing!

So hopefully this little saga may go some way to providing the more intelligent among you with a bit of a chuckle at all this incompetence and the more clueless among you (like me!) with a few pointers on avoiding daft mistakes!

Thanks once again Roy for your top tip and thanks to everyone for a great forum. Keep up the good work.

Very best wishes


Author:  wedabermon [ Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Converting m4a files to mp3?

There are another two methods to convert M4A to MP3.

Method One: Convert M4A to MP3 with Faasoft M4A to MP3 Converter.

The method one also applies to convert M4A to WAV, WMA, AC3, AIFF, CAF, FLAC, etc.

Method Two: Convert M4A to MP3 with iTunes.

1.After you run iTunes, click the menu button to select "Preferences" and the "General Preferences" window will pop up;
2.In the "General Preferences" window, click "Importing Settings..." button and the "Import Settings" window pops up;
3.Hit the drop-down menu of "Import Using" in the "Import Settings" window to choose "MP3 Encoder" and select "Good Quality" in the "Setting menu. When all things are done, click "OK" button;
4.And then go to iTunes Library and right click the M4A file that you want to convert to MP3 and choose "Create MP3 Version".

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