Today’s iTunes is not just a music management app and a music player. iTunes is a whole media mall with dozens of heavy duty features bolted onto to handle sales and downloads, movies and TV shows, and more recently more than a million iPhone and iPad apps. Have you ever thought about not using iTunes?
For Mac users, iTunes is a monstrous beast of an app with a confusing array of features, the go-to media outlet that we’d rather not go to if at all possible. These days, my iPhone apps and music are searched for and bought on my iPhone, not the Mac. Even the Mac has a standalone App Store.
What if you want to get your music out of iTunes. How do you do that? Export for iTunes. Yeah. That’s the name of the app.
What you get for nominal expensive is a Mac app that lets you export both playlists and music from iTunes to anywhere you want (almost), including another folder to be used in a different music app, external storage for backup, even an SD card (and today there are SD cards bigger than my music collection).
Not only does Export for iTunes export music from iTunes, it can convert file formats from whatever to whatever; especially good to get a collection of true MP3s. The app even creates the industry standard m3u file so playlists can be exported to other media players on your Mac.
You’ll be able to preview the standard metadata before it gets exported. That includes the basics like Title, Artist, and Album, but also Time, Genre, Kind, and the all-important bit-rate.
Here’s the best part. Export for iTunes does not do anything or modify files in iTunes. It just makes copies. The worst part is the DRM issue. It won’t convert Apple’s DRM protected music files. If you’ve ever wanted to use a music player other than iTunes, now is your chance. Export for iTunes is a good way to make a full backup to external media for off-premise storage, too.
Other than not converting DRM media, there’s just not much to not like about Export for iTunes which lets you do what you’ve probably wanted to do for a long time.