Song Conversion 101

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You may think that there is not much to converting an audio file that you downloaded from iTunes. It is true that it’s simple, but did anyone ever tell you the mechanics behind it all. Here is how you can convert a song from iTunes to a different file format and keep a copy of the original intact.

When you are converting files from a compressed format to an uncompressed one, for example converting an MP3 file to an AIFF one, the sound quality will remain the same. But if you are converting between two compressed files, then you will easily notice the sound quality has gone down.

Now the solution to this is that for best results, you might want to import the original audio file using a different encoding method.

To convert the format, you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to iTunes Preferences. If you are using Windows, you might have to select edit first and then click on Preferences.
  2. Click on the General button and then select Importing Settings.
  3. From here, you will see the Import Using menu as a pop up. Choose the encoding format you desire and click OK.
  4. Next, choose the songs from your library and move on to File and from there Create New Version. The menu will show options for: MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV and Apple Lossless.

If there are some songs that you have not imported to iTunes yet, you can do that now, and after that convert them then and there. Based on your preferences, a converted copy will be made of the file in the iTunes library. If you want to convert all the songs in the library then hold the Option key if you are using Mac or the Shift key if you are using Windows, and select File, then Create New Version, and then click on Convert. The Import preference setting will easily match what you chose in step number 3.

iTunes will automatically ask you for the location of the folder you want to import and have it converted. And viola all the songs will be converted just like that.

Compressed Data

When you are converting a song, some of the data can be lost because of the way some formats compress it. Because of this reason, sometimes the formats are called ‘lossy’ formats. There is a benefit of using such formats; the file sizes are always a lot smaller which means you can always store a lot more songs in the same amount of disk space. The downside of this is that the sound quality will not be what you expect it to be, that is the quality you heard from the compressed file. That being said, if you are using a really good pair of headphones or speakers, you might not be able to tell the difference at all.

Remember, once you compress a song file, (that is forcefully let go of some of its data) you will not receive that lost data back by uncompressing it.

How to Transfer iTunes Music to Android Devices

In the technology world we all now live in, most things are getting better at “talking with each other”. At least this is true for the major players in most areas.

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Unfortunately, when you need to transfer iTunes music to android devices, it doesn’t necessarily work that way.

Why it’s So Difficult

For example, everyone knows that Microsoft Office is one of the major players in the word processing and spreadsheet worlds, so when they create a new piece of software that handle either of those two functions, they make sure that their software is compatible with both Microsoft Word and Excel. It only makes sense to make it easy for people to go back and forth between your software and some of the other popular options people use.

However, that is not the case with some Apple products, including iTunes. They have made the specific choice to NOT make it easy to transfer music and other types of files that you keep on iTunes to other types of non-Apple devices.

This is done because they want you to make a decision, and they hope and assume that if you have to choose between iTunes and other options, you will choose iTunes.

In the beginning, this wasn’t really an issue because people who used Apple products, always used iTunes to store their music. However as time has gone on, people have become a little less reliant on a single operating system. There are more quality cell phone options available and many other types of devices that have made people less reliant on a single system.

This new multi-device phenomenon means that there are now many more choices available if you want to transfer iTunes music to android devices.

How to Manually Transfer iTunes Music to Android

There are several methods you can use to transfer iTunes music to android if you know what kind of a cloud player or music streaming service you want to use. But if you don’t know those things, or you just want to do a straight transfer to your android device, the best option is to do a direct transfer.

The oldest method to transfer iTunes music to android doesn’t involve any complicated software or downloads. You just need a simple micro USB cable that can connect the device that shows your iTunes library to the android device you want to transfer your music to.

If your main device is a Mac, you may need the app called Android File Transfer installed, but that is very easy to do.

Once you have the two devices connected, you simply need to navigate to the location of your music. On a Windows device, you should start your search under My Music / iTunes. If you are on a Mac, you should look under Music / iTunes / iTunes Media.

From that point, it’s just a matter of using the drag-and-drop process to move your music between the devices.

When this is complete, your music should all be available to play on your android device, but you may have trouble with a few of the files because of their file types. In some cases, you may need to convert your music files to something that can be read by your android.

This could be because there were files in your iTunes account that were specific file types that your android device doesn’t have the ability to handle. The good news is that it’s very easy to convert your music files when you have a good online music converter.