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Using iTunes to Encode Audio to Various Formats

Besides using iTunes to listen to your favorite Podcasts, watch QuickTime videos, Video Podcasts, or burn CD's of your playlists, it can be used for one more thing, encoding audio. iTunes can be used to convert audio from a music CD, CD-r or Stand-alone audio file format.

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Here are some of the formats that you can compress your audio to using iTunes:

- AIFF
- AAC
- Apple Lossless
- MP3
- and WAV

To encode your audio file to a specific format you will need to set up your audio encoding settings in the iTunes Preferences accessible via the Edit Pull-down menu in iTunes. Once inside the Preferences, click on the Advanced Tab and Select the Importing Sub-Tab. Under the Import Using drop-down menu users can choose which format to encode their audio files to. Next, in the Settings drop-down menu choose Automatic or Custom. Once you are happy with your settings, Click OK to close the iTunes Preferences Dialog Window.

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To convert your audio file to your desired format, Click on the Track in the iTunes playlist. Next Right-click ( on Windows) or Control-Click (on Mac) and select "Convert Selection to .....". The Convert selection option will display the audio format you designated in the iTunes Preferences. The compressed audio file can be found in the default location for iTunes audio files which is the iTunes folder under My Music (for PC) or Music (for Mac).

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