I had itunes on my old computer,when I transferred the files across to my new computer (using shared & network), they come across as M4a (Apple format). I do not want Itunes on my system. How can I convert them to MP3 without paying out about $30 for a conversion program, after all they converted from MP3 to M4a without any charge. Terry
As all suggest, best method is to rip from CD's. However I realise that this is not always possible. I have converted some M4a files to mp3 successfully using moorie's link and I have not noticed any loss of quality (I always rip to 192kbps).
I note Kate's comment regarding poor sounding files when converting. I am a musician but have not noticed any loss when converting from wma to mp3. Is such a conversion really any more than changing file tags to be recognised? Is it a double compression, and if so surely it would be noticeable?