How to Convert CD to MP3 in iTunes

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by Brian Fisher Proven solutions

CD’s are no more in use and hardly any players are left that allows you to access and play the disc. So if you have a collection of your favorite music on CD you can convert them to a digital audio format like MP3 for playback on music players, portable players, and smartphones. iTunes is one of the many programs available that allow you to convert your disc into a digital format. Know more about iTunes convert CD to MP3 and other programs for the task in the following parts of the topic.

Part 1: How to Use iTunes to Convert CD to MP3

For Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, and others iTunes is an important and major program that facilitates management as well as playback of the media files. Additionally, the program also facilitates converting the CD as well as media files to MP3 and other supported formats. The import settings of the tool can be adjusted to download the desired CD into an MP3 format.

Steps on how to convert CD to MP3 using iTunes

Step 1: Open the iTunes program on your system. From the main interface select Edit > Preferences that will open a pop-up General Preferences window.

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Select the General tab and then click on the Import Settings button. On the new window, choose MP3 Encoder at the options available at Import Using: tab. The file quality can also be selected at the Settings tab. To confirm the selected settings hit on the OK button.

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Step 2: Next from the library select the AAC file that needs to be converted and then select File > Convert > Create MP3 Version option. Alternatively, right-click the file and choose Create MP3 Version option.

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Step 3: As the files start importing to the iTunes library, progress can be checked from the interface. As the files are imported successfully, a green colored check sign will appear next to them. You can click on the Stop Importing button at the top-right corner whenever you wish to stop to import the files.

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Step 4: The downloaded and converted files will save as MP3 in iTunes library from where they can be synced with Apple devices for playback.

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Part 2: iTunes alternative to convert CD to MP3 - UniConverter

To offer lossless quality file conversion along with additional advanced functions, we suggest the use of professional software and one such recommended program is UniConverter. Using the program, the files on your CD can be converted to MP3 and other popular formats. The process of conversion is fast and results in lossless quality files. Additionally, you can even transfer the converted music to your choice of device for hassle-free playback.

Step 1

Launch UniConverter and choose to convert CD

Download, install and launch the software on your system. On the main interface select the CD Ripper option from the Toolbox section. Also, insert the CD to be converted into your system’s disc drive

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Step 2

Choose MP3 as the target format and other conversion settings

The software will analyze the disc and the files will appear on the interface. You can choose to convert the selected files or all as desired. Select MP3 at the Output Format tab. To change and edit the channels, sample rate, and bitrate, click on the settings icon. After making the changes, click on the OK button.

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Step 3

Convert CD to MP3

At the Output section, select the desktop location to save the converted files. Finally hitting on the Rip CD button will start the process.

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The steps above are for the Windows version of the program and if you want to convert the CD on your Mac, the steps are the same.

Basic CD to MP3 conversion can be done using iTunes but for conversion in high quality with additional features, install UniConverter on your system.

Brian Fisher

chief Editor

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