Macos – OS X tools to export iTunes library to mp3


I've ripped some of my CDs into iTunes but I don't actually own an ipod. In order to get these songs onto my mp3 player I'd like to convert them to mp3s.

Is there a tool that lets me do a 'batch mp3 export' of my itunes library?

For the record, this is not a veiled attempt to circumvent DRM. 🙂 None of my music has come from the iTunes Store.

Bonus points if the tool lets me specify the format of the names of the files it outputs. For example:

<tracknumber> <song title> - <artist>.mp3

Best Answer

iTunes itself can do that. I presume you ripped your songs without changing the import settings in preferences, and they got ripped as AAC, right? Just go to Preferences, Import Settings:


Set it to Import Using MP3 Encoder, and select the quality setting you want.

Import Using

Now you can right-click a bunch of songs in your library, and select “Create MP3 Version” to convert them all.

Create MP3 Version

This also affects any CDs you import from now on, so I’d suggest re-ripping them directly to MP3 instead of converting your existing files, to avoid any further loss of quality from converting from AAC to MP3.