ITunes And A Pocket PC
I was just wondering if anyone has come up with a solution to the whole ITunes AAC file format issue.
iTunes allows you to burn the downloaded music on CD. Once it's on CD, you can rip it to any format you desire.
Why should I have to hack it up like that??? Also, why should I have to waste my CD's - I paid for the downloaded songs didn't I?
If you bought the songs with iTunes on the Pocket PC why can't you just use iTunes to play them?
There is no version of iTunes for the Pocket PC.
There are AAC to WMA engines out there that will convert for you. There are similar engines for AAC to MP3.
If only the RIAA would allow one of these new music download services popping up to just allow plain mp3 downloads!
Josh No-Spam Jones
Uh, why didn't you check what format iTunes music comes in before signing up? It's just knowing what you're buying before you buy it. The iTunes store has been out for 6 months now, any articles reviewing it would have mentioned what format it's in (even if it was just Mac-only until recently).
The iTunes Music Store files are encrypted, so an AAC to MP3 converter won't help. If you'd like to be able to play your iTunes songs on your Pocket PC, then you'll have to either burn them to CD and re-rip as MP3, or wait until (if) Apple releases a version of iTunes for the Pocket PC platform.
We used to rip CDs to make backups of our music. Now we burn CDs to make backups of our music.
I don't think you can convert tunes that you BOUGHT from the iTunes Store over to MP3 and play them on your pocket PC. Apple doesn't make money on music sales from the iTunes store; it makes money on sales of the iPod.
Dude, are you blind? The only way Apple managed to get the licensing from all 5 big labels is exactly BECAUSE they aren't offering MP3s. If iTunes did what u wanted it to do, the big 5 would have ALL walked right away from the bargaining table. This is why iTunes is such a huge freaking success, it's BECAUSE they don't deal in MP3s. You're lucky you can hack around it! I'm a musician and while I despise the labels more than anyone how could I ever have a recording career if no-one ever paid for my music?
(That post was a reply to the original post... :)
I've heard there are utilities on the Mac platform that allow one to transfer iTunes purchased music to other formats. I haven't had cause to use them as I have an iPod so the format isn't a problem.
I came to you guys looking for an answer to the i-tunes to pocket pc problem, and it seems I run across a little utility y'all haven't mentioned here. Sync software for the Mac OS called the Missing Link. So If you have a friend with Mac, you can use i-tunes for Windows, email downloads, sync from the with pocket pc and play them in Windows Media on pocket pc. (Presumably, haven't tried yet because I haven't gotten desperate). Skip the cd waste, and you probably needed to see that friend more often anyway :) Maybe if pocket pc Windows Media can play the songs, they can be uploaded into desktop?
I agree that I'd like to be able to convert them more easily. However, burning/ripping is probably the only way, as I'm not going to take the chance of messing things up (with buggy windoze) with the Missing Link...
There are a number of free AAC (and ogg when you are searching) audio players for the pocket pc. I live in Australia so i cant use iTunes store and test it for you, but I am sure that at least one of them will have an 'ignore drm' style setting. Go through and try them.
Have a look at this article too:
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