Isolating MP3 songs from AAC | iLounge Article


Isolating MP3 songs from AAC

Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.

View the complete Ask iLounge archives...

Q: Is there a way to isolate my MP3 files from my AAC files, or at least to simply identify them all at once? I’d like to convert all of my remaining MP3s into AAC files, for uniformity, and maybe to save a little space by reducing the average bitrate. I’m tired of finding these files manually - help!

- Aaron

A: Absolutely. We’d recommend creating a smart playlist that displays only your MP3 files. Since iTunes supports “Kind” as a smart playlist condition, this is trivial to do. Select “New Smart Playlist…” from iTunes’ “File” menu, and configure it to match the following image:

With this playlist, you’re able to easily select the entire contents of this playlist, execute your “Convert Selection to AAC” command, and, when it completes, simply delete the playlist and all songs within it by holding down Option (Mac) or Shift (PC) when deleting it from the Source column.


« Resetting iPod’s language

Shuffle anywhere on iPod »

Related Stories



Firstly I would like to thank you for creating such a valuable site. It has now become my “bible”.
I have a iPod Video 60GB and love it, however, when playing my videos on it, it always seems to reset itself.  I looked on the Apple support site and did what they said to do: restore the iPod (done that twice now) and reset it by holding down the centre and menu etc. After the restore, my iPod works perfectly for an hour or so and then starts playing up. What should I do? Thank you!

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on October 11, 2006 at 6:13 PM (CDT)



I have heard that you can now somehow convert your own DVDs on to your Video iPod. How do I go about this.


Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on October 12, 2006 at 9:55 AM (CDT)

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter


Recent News

Recent Reviews

Recent Articles

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter


iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2015 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy