How do I make music tracks from Itunes work as an MP3? I know there's supposed to be some kind of button to convert files but I am buggered if I can find it and the help option is useless. MP4A's are no use to them as my portable player only runs MP3's. Thanks.
Baffling. I had a quick look around and it appears to be some DRM bollocks.
It's not a super-quick way to get your music onto your player (and I haven't tried it) but apparently if you burn a CD and then rip it back to itunes that should solve the problem. A re-writeable disc would be preferable for obvious reasons.
I hate iTunes. I got an ipod nano at Christmas to listen to podcasts as it was becoming increasingly difficult to synchronise podcasts from mp3 sources and in terms of straightforward mp3 players, apple seem to have the market totally sewn up these days. I think everyone uses phones, so like mini video cameras, dedicated players of reasonable quality are dying out.
But itunes is a mess. I had just about got used to the bizarre podcast synch interface and worked out all the pitfalls (like the massively irritating fact it deletes part listened to files from your ipod, so every time I synch I have to manually re-add all the things I'm only half way through listening to) but then the other day it updated to a new release of the software, which has served only to make an even bigger mess of the interface and now I haven't a clue what it's doing. I really don't see how when Apple pride themselves on simplicity that they cannot get something so simple as this right.
Foolish Pinwig wasn't thinking properly. I've been after watching the first series of Chris Tarrant's Extreme Railways series as I don't think I caught it when it was on. I was about to buy the DVD when I discovered iTunes has an HD version of the same thing. My brain is wired to the fact that all the podcasts I listen to via iTunes are DRM free, as have been the few albums I've bought through that method. So I paid my £6, downloaded the video files, and a frustrating hour later have realised I now own the series in HD but can only view it on my PC screen because the files are DRM protected. I do not wish to do this, I want to watch it on my TV. Schoolboy error. Now I'll have to buy the DVD anyway, watch it in lesser quality, and make a mental note never to buy anything from iTunes again. I HATE DRM. I have just bought these bloody files, why can't I watch them the way I want to?
My general rule of thumb is I only buy something digitally if I can download it and access it independently of the architecture of where I bought it from (this is why I stopped using Comixology for example). I've been caught out this way a few times before!
DRM is silly. If I've bought something I should be able to consume it as I like. Alas, media is moving towards a 'rental only' model across the board.