How do I convert an m4a to mp3?

 Starting the Process:
  • Launch iTunes.  Go to the desktop, double click the Applications folder, and find iTunes. Similarly you can find the iTunes icon in the dock.

  • Put in your CD containing the sound files you want to convert, or load up the sound files from your disk into iTunes. You can do this by going to File > Add to Library and simply browse for the files you would like to open.

Changing Preferences:

Before you start converting your sound files to mp3, we have to change some preferences in iTunes.

  • Go to the menu and click on iTunes > Preferences.

  • The Preferences window will pop up in the "General" tab that looks like the following. Click on the Import Settings button near the bottom circled in red.

  • The Import Settings window will pop up. Change the following drop-down menus:

    a) Import Using: MP3 Encoder
    b) Setting: Good Quality

    Depending on what type of quality you want, you may want to choose something different than "Good Quality." For example, if you want high quality sound files, choose "High Quality." For more advanced users, you can choose to customize your settings and modify the stero bit rate, sample rate, and channels.

When you are done, click Ok.

*If song is already in iTunes, right-click on song and click to create MP3.

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