A friend of mine called yesterday asking if there was a way to make his iTunes music files that he had imported from his CD collection smaller. I was pretty sure this was possible but didn’t remember the exact method to accomplish this so I told him I would call him back. I was able to figure out an easy method to convert files located in your iTunes library to make them smaller in size both by modifying the type of file and the bitrate of the music itself. Below I describe how to convert music files already imported into iTunes to a smaller size to conserve space either on your computer or on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
Converting iTunes files or MPEG4 files to MP3 format is easy using the iTunes client. We will want to change the Import Settings which will then allow converting files into the same setting as the Import Settings. Follow the simple steps below and you will be converting your iTunes files to MP3 in no time.
iTunes 8.x or Higher:
- Open iTunes:Double click on iTunes to open the application.
- Open Preferences: Click “Edit” in the top navigation and choose “Preferences” from the drop down.