How to: Convert iTunes to Windows Media Player

iTunes is a media player from Apple which is compatible with a majority of formats inclusive of its very own Apple Audio Lossless Codec or ALAC which normally comes in MP4 format with the extension (.m4a) for audio files. The iTunes player has become very prominent over the last few years and is utilized by a fair segment of the computer literate population. It is argued that the file size of the MP4 is normally half of that used by the original uncompressed format.

Windows Media Player is also a popular media player however, it does not support as many formats. In general it will only allow playback of WMA, MP3 and WAV format. Therefore it may become necessary to convert from the standard Apple Audio Lossless Codec or ALAC to a compatible Windows Media Player format. Converting from one codec to the other is not complex using one of the many programs available on the Internet.

M4a files and mp4 files are created when a CD is burnt using iTunes. The mp4 files are generally protected with DRM and hence cannot or more accurately should not be converted directly from a regular conversion program, this would be considered copyright infringement. Mp4 files are converted to WMA by initially burning them to an audio CD and then extracting them from the CD to the media library in Windows Media Player. However, it is possible to convert m4a files to wma files without all the hassle using a standard conversion program. For this guide WinFF will be used which is entirely automated and easy to use. WinFF is free and easy to find online. You will attain files that are both Windows Media supported and of comparatively decent quality.

  • To Begin install WinFF Media Converter. Go to their website and download the program. Open the downloaded file and install the program in accordance with set up instructions.
  • When the software is installed launch it.
  • Find the files that you would like to convert. You may make things easier by putting the files in a folder specified for music files.
  • Add the files you will use for conversion.
  • Choose the option at [Preset] that states WMA.
  • Click convert and your files will be converted promptly. The time can vary depending on the number of files you have selected to convert.
  • A black window should be shown on the screen during the conversion process, this will exhibit the progress of the conversion.
  • If you are using an older version this may not work because the preset was not included in much older models, however, you may update it by downloading the current version from the website.
  • Once the files have been converted test them in the media player and make sure that they are actually playable. Occasionally some files may fail to convert successfully because of trivial computing errors.

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