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Toast Converts Protected AAC to AIF

iPoding reader “Nyte” reports that Roxio’s Toast Titanium app for Mac can convert protected AAC files to AIF.

“Haven’t read this anywhere else yet, but if you drag protected m4p (AAC) files from iTunes right to a Toast Titanium “Audio CD” window, they convert to AIF format without a hitch (as long as the machine is authorized).  From there you can save the AIF files to wherever, or burn a CD.  It looks like Toast makes the Quicktime call to convert the m4p to AIF without restriction, whereas iTunes 4 or QuickTime Player have built-in prevention against this.

I’d hate to see this facilitate “swapping”, but it could be useful to create mp3’s for an mp3-only playback device (with some quality loss of course) without having to burn a CD first.  Also, it could be used to burn Music Store CDs for people with CD burners unsupported by iTunes 4.”

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In all fairness, so does burning a protected AAC file in iTunes…I burned a CD for my g/f as a test and she then ripped the CD into MP3 format with no problems.

Posted by Neo in Irvine, CA on May 4, 2003 at 11:07 PM (CDT)


Yes, that’s what he meant by “without having to burn a CD first”... Kindof an ugly step to have to burn a physical disc is you’re just going to make MP3s after it later…  Or maybe it’s just one song.. etc…  Also, because of jitter and other types of things, it might actually be better quality to avoid the cd-burning/ripping step (probably unnoticable to most ears though).

Posted by BC in Irvine, CA on May 5, 2003 at 6:00 AM (CDT)


Wait - how can you “save as AIFF” without burning the CD? I wasn’t able to do anything other than burn a CD.

Being able to save as AIFF would be useful… rather than having to burn the CD, then rip it.

Posted by Vic Zauderer in Irvine, CA on May 6, 2003 at 5:01 PM (CDT)


Forget it, I figured it out. Toast automatically converts the MP4 to AIFF and places it in “converted items” inside the User > documents folder.


Posted by Vic Zauderer in Irvine, CA on May 6, 2003 at 5:04 PM (CDT)

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