How to Convert an iTunes File to Windows Media Player


The AAC audio format is the default audio format for the iTunes media player and iPods. M4A audio files will also play in iTunes and on iPods. Neither of these audio formats is compatible with the software program Windows Media Player, however. This can be a problem if you are planning to add iTunes files to an MP3 player that syncs with a Windows Media Player. The iTunes software can be used for free to convert iTunes music to files compatible with Windows Media Player.

Converting ITunes Files

  • Open iTunes.

  • Click “Edit.” Open the “Preferences” window.

  • Choose the “General” tab located at the top of the “Preferences” window.

  • Click “Import Settings” inside the open window. Another window will appear.

  • Choose either “MP3 Encoder” or “WAV Encoder.” Either of these types of files will work in Windows Media Player.

  • Click on the “OK” button that is inside both of the windows in order to save the iTunes settings.

  • Select “Music” under the “Library” option in the left iTunes column.

  • Click on every iTunes file you want to convert to Windows Media Player and then click the “Advanced” menu.

  • Choose “Create MP3 Version” (or “Create WAV Version” if you selected WAV Encoder in Step 5) to save the Windows Media Player compatible files in iTunes.

Adding Files to Windows Media Player

  • Open Windows Media Player.

  • Click “File.” Select “Add to Library.” A window will open.

  • Click “Add” inside the open window. A window with several different files will be listed.

  • Highlight the iTunes folder inside the window. The location of this folder will vary based on your settings. When you do this, all of the music folders that are saved in iTunes will appear.

  • Select the folder that has the files that are compatible with Windows Media Player (most likely the folder that shares the name of the artist for the file or files you converted in Section 1) and click “OK.” Then click “OK” in the other open window and the files will be saved in Windows Media Player.

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