Converting Audacity or WAV files to MP3 Using iTunes

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If you are using Audacity and can’t export your project to the MP3 format, you can export it as a WAV file. WAV files are extremely large. This is fine, but if you want to upload that file to iTunes or Blackboard, you will want it to be smaller and compressed, in either AAC (m4a) or MP3 format. Here’s how you can use iTunes to accomplish this:

Convert to AAC (m4a)

  • Drag the file to iTunes.
  • While the file is highlighted click the Advanced menu at the top.
  • Choose Convert Selection to AAC (for MP3 conversion see below)

aac1.jpg

iTunes makes a duplicate copy of it in the new format. To check the file type (since you now have the original WAV file and an AAC file with the same name, right click your file and choose Get Info. There you will see the file type and be sure you choose the converted one). You can also add information to the track, as well as podcast artwork that you have designed. Drag converted the file out of iTunes to your desktop for easy uploading.

or Convert to MP3

  • Follow the directions above using the Advanced menu, but prior to doing so, go to iTunes > Preferences > Advanced > Importing
  • There, change the Import Using: AAC to Import Using: MP3 Encoder
  • Now when you highlight the track and choose Advanced on the top menu, you will see Convert Selection to MP3 rather than AAC.

preferences.jpgimport_mp3.jpgThanks Doug Seidler over at NESAD for pointing this out to me!

One Response to “Converting Audacity or WAV files to MP3 Using iTunes”

  1. daid Says:

    In iTunes 8 these instructions are no longer totally correct. One must go to Preferences -> General -> Import Settings.

    The rest of the instructions are unchanged.

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