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How to convert audio to other formats

Kirk McElhearn, | May 11, 2011
Audio files come in a number of different formats, and there are times you might want to convert audio from one format to another. Kirk McElhearn explains how it's done.

With all three of these programs, conversion involves choosing an output format and bit rate, and dragging the files you want to convert onto the program’s window or icon. (With Toast, click on the Convert tab, then choose Audio Files from the popup menu near the top of the window.)

If, for example, you’ve bought some music in FLAC format, and want to listen to them in iTunes, use XLD or one of the other programs to convert them to Apple Lossless; since both formats are lossless, you’ll have exactly the same data in the resulting files. (Converting from one lossless format to another does not result in any change in quality.) And you’ll retain any metadata in the original files as well.

Once you’ve decided on what format you want to use, the bit rate and other settings, converting music files is a drag and drop (and wait) operation. With these tools, you’ll be able to convert any audio files into the format you need.


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