How to Make Music Compatible With the iPhone

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Not all audio file formats are going to be compatible with Apple's iPhone. Find out how to make music compatible with the iPhone with help from an audio engineer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Tim Trotter, and today I'm going to go over how to make audio compatible with the iPhone. Now, pretty much most audio files are compatible with the iPhone, you just need to drag them in to iTunes and sync, but there is one that isn't and that's WMA, that's Windows Media Audio. Now, let's say a friend has sent you a file that's in WMA, in order to get that in to iTunes and working we're going to need to download a program. I'm going to show you now. Now, for this example purpose I've already got Safari opened up and it's opened to www.telestream.net they make a program called Flip4Mat and that's an officially Microsoft supported program that allows you to play Windows media of any kind, video or audio on your Mac, there's a free player, located here or for our purposes, in order to get it in to iTunes we're going to need the player pro for 29 dollars, we already have that installed and I"m going to show you how to run that now. We have a WMA clip here, I'm going to open that up for you and that's going to open up in QuickTime using the Flip4Mat program, there you go. Now, that's how you play it there, but to get it in iTunes we're going to need to convert it. Now, once you've upgraded to the pro version, we're going to go ahead, still in this same QuickTime window here and go up to file then we're going to go to export, then we're going to go down to format here and click on this scroll bar and go down to audio only, then we're going to hit export. And for our example purposes we've already exported this particular audio, you'll find it will have been dropped on the desktop and the icon will have changed to the newer QuickTime icon. See this here versus here. Go ahead and open up the new file and it's exactly the same, now all you need to do is drag this new file in to iTunes and hit sync and you're good to go. And there you have it, a pretty simple way in order to get Windows Media Audio files in to iTunes and compatible with your iPhone. Hope that helps you out and thanks for watching.

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