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dragonfly
Posted: July 26th, 2007, 5:14am Report to Moderator
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Somehow my windows music files got converted to m4a format and now I can't play because WinXP, home does not recognize the  file.  Can someone lead me to a conversion program to download the conversion file that does not cost an arm and a leg?

I hope this is the right board for this question

Thank you - Dragonfly
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   If you reinstall or update the program that is playing those files the installation should fix that problem.
   You can update Windows Media Player at the following link - http://www.microsoft.com/downl.....a&DisplayLang=en
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dragonfly
Posted: July 29th, 2007, 2:06am Report to Moderator
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Thank You!  Without you people, people like me would be in a dead zone in some of these jams I put myself into.

Thanks again.  (Hope I can shed some light sometime to someone in troubled waters)

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Posted: May 16th, 2008, 11:45am Report to Moderator
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Here is a comment emailed to me by bigbadsteve

It's a long time after your query, but nonetheless the following is I suspect the *cause* of the
issue [which no one has yet addressed in subsequent posts on the board topic]:

"If you use Windows Media Player to rip CDs to your computer in the Windows Media Audio (.wma)
format and then decide to give iTunes a try, beware! iTunes will convert those songs into its
Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format, resulting in duplicate files for every song iTunes manages. To
avoid that, use a single music format (such as .mp3) that all media players can handle."
[source: http://windowssecrets.com/2008/05/15/03-Keep-XP-fresh-until-Windows-7-arrives]

I'm guessing that the original unconverted music files would not have been be deleted by iTunes
(though you may have deleted them yourself), and that therefore finding out where all the music
files on your hard disk(s) are situated and developing a good backup procedure would prevent a
similar occurrence in future.

Uninstalling iTunes [if it was in fact the culprit] and not using it at all is of course an
additional option.

Avoidance is better than cure, since some audio quality is lost ever time a sound file is converted.
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