We Mincey folk are as gullible as any American consumer. As evidence of that I went out and bought cassette tape and then CD versions of my entire vinyl music collection, so now I have the Mincey Clan’s largest collection of duplicated music.
Backwards To The Future
To top it off, I’ve also managed to further subsidize the music industry by purchasing even more of my CDs from the iTunes Music Store.
The music business is a scam. Vinyl records. Cassette tapes. CDs. Digital downloads. But all the same songs.
Adding insult to injury, I’ve also bought a few thousand songs from iTunes. My car does not have Bluetooth so now I’m making stacks of MP3 CDs to keep in the car.
Talk about a retro family.
So, if you’re interested in how to take iTunes M4A music (those .m4a files which iTunes makes when you download a song or rip a CD) and turn them into MP3 CDs that will pay on MP3 CD players, here’s the deal.
All you need is mehTunes. It’s a very inexpensive utility which converts iTunes’ M4A files to MP3 so you can burn them to a CD for use on an MP3 CD player.
Despite a bunch of useful features, mehTunes is quite easy to setup and use on a Mac.
Open mehTunes and select a playlist from iTunes in the drop down menu. Click the Options button to view feature selections like VBR (variable bit rate), Auto Gain, Stereo, Naming, and use the slider bar to adjust between Size and Quality of the MP3 file.
Click the Start button and mehTunes grabs the music files from iTunes and does the conversion to MP3. Because it uses the audio encoder LAME the MP3 is actually a higher quality than an iTunes MP3 export.
And, we’re done. Except for all the extra features in mehTunes.
It can change file name prefix, output only ‘safe’ file names, display a preview of the new names, and reveal the original music track in iTunes. There’s more that’s going on in mehTunes that gets into geeky audio settings, but if all you want is to convert a bunch of M4A songs in iTunes to MP3s, this is the deal that does the deed.