Play AAC music files on a palm?
October 27, 2005 9:28 AM   Subscribe

Digital Music Format Filter: I ripped my cds using itunes (AAC encoding). Then I got a new Palm (Zire 31) and want to play my music on it. Now what?

Are there any music players for the palm that will play AAC files? If not, what's the best way to convert all my music to a different format? Will I be able to preserve any of my itunes playlists if I convert? How much of hassle will this be?
posted by betterton to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
In iTunes you can convert everything to MP3 by going into your preferences and changing your "import" prefs to "MP3" then choosing "Advanced" "Convert to MP3".

When you do the conversion it will keep the AAC file and create a new one in MP3.

You could highlight your entire library, tell it to start converting, then come back when it's done. Depending on the size of your library it may take quite a while.

To my knowledge you can't get iTunes playlists on a Palm, but I could be wrong. What I would suggest would be to buy an iPod. Now is the time because you can get the 20gb iPod Photo for $250 or sometimes less at a brick and mortar Apple Store.
posted by crapples at 10:22 AM on October 27, 2005

Converting music from AAC to another format is a recipe for sound-quality disaster.

You *can* do it in iTunes--just switch the encoder in the preferences to, say, MP3, and then you will see "Convert to MP3" in the Advanced menu in iTunes. But it won't sound very nice.

To be quite honest, I'd recommend starting over and re-ripping your CDs in MP3 format since it's supported by so many more devices.
posted by bcwinters at 10:23 AM on October 27, 2005

(I curse you, live preview!)
posted by bcwinters at 10:24 AM on October 27, 2005

Looks like Aeroplayer will do it. (I haven't tried it myself, not having a Palm, but it's the second hit on a Google search for "Palm AAC".)
posted by Acetylene at 10:38 AM on October 27, 2005

I gotta ask... why did you do this? Why would you intentionally limit use of your own data files?

Also, if Aeroplayer will handle it, it is a pretty good player for Palm. At least it was when I used to use it.
posted by dobbs at 11:02 AM on October 27, 2005

Because AAC sounds better. And since Mac users tend to be loyal to Mac hardware, the only digital music player most Mac users own is an iPod, which obviously handles AAC just fine.
posted by cribcage at 11:12 AM on October 27, 2005

Response by poster: Unfortunately, re-ripping my CDs is not an option. My house was burgled and all my CDs were stolen.

Any other opinions on Aeroplayer?
posted by betterton at 11:32 AM on October 27, 2005

Converting to mp3 will result in some loss of quality, but it may not be noticeable. You could try converting a few songs and see if the result is acceptable.
posted by null terminated at 2:25 PM on October 27, 2005

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