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    Dynamic Naming

    I am trying to convert my iTunes media (M4A) to MP3. Source files are located: Y:iTunes/iTunes Media/Music Desired output: Z:\Music\. These are both located on a QNAP NAS. I have used "[TRIMFIRSTFOLDER][TRIMFIRSTFOLDER][origpath][][]\[origfilename]" to successfully remove the "iTunes/iTunes Media" folders in output. I have been unable to remove the /Music folder. I tried adding an additional [TRIMFIRSTFOLDER]but that didn't work. Any suggestions? Thanks

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    Re: Dynamic Naming

    when you added the 3rd TRIMFIRSTFOLDER did you also add a third "[]"?

    Unrelated to your question, but curious about why you are converting from m4a to mp3. Typically not a good idea to convert from lossy to lossy. (I'm assuming the m4a is not Apple Lossless).

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    Re: Dynamic Naming

    Thanks for your reply.....adding the third [] fixed it. Now, my rational behind all of this was my desire to rid iTunes from my music narrative. I have 400+ CDs in my music collection. My first effort to computerize was to rip to FLAC. That effort was successful and FLAC files went to a mirrored HD system. I next switched to an Apple household and purchased a QNAP NAS. It was then that I converted the FLAC to Apple M4A. The mirrored HD system eventually crashed, losing the FLAC.....my bad! My current direction is to go with PLEX. As such, I am converting the M4A to Mp3. The MP3s will be on a mapped PLEX/Music drive. I will have both formats on the same NQAP NAS. Sorry for the long answer. Any comments are appreciated. Thanks again for your answer to my problem! Tom

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    Re: Dynamic Naming

    You are best ripping again to lossless, have a 2nd backup then have m4a and mp3 created off the flac.

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    Re: Dynamic Naming

    You may understand this already, but just in case. As noted, it is a bad idea to convert lossy (m4a) to lossy (mp3). A few thoughts.

    1. Best solution is to rerip the 400 CDs to FLAC. Then use FLAC files to create mp3 versions if you need those. Otherwise just use the FLAC files on your home player. But be sure and create at least one full backup of these files. USB drives are cheap. I'd suggest two different USB drive backups, keeping one stored at a different location than your home.

    2. Next best solution is to do nothing. Just use the m4a files. Almost all music server/players will play m4a files just like they play mp3 files. It doesn't require itunes to play m4a files. I have a few thousand m4a files and they play just fine on all my players (and I'm not using itunes). I think PLEX will play m4a files just fine. Perhaps you are under the mistaken notion that m4a files *only* play on itunes/apple?

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    Re: Dynamic Naming

    Quote Originally Posted by garym View Post
    You may understand this already, but just in case. As noted, it is a bad idea to convert lossy (m4a) to lossy (mp3). A few thoughts.

    1. Best solution is to rerip the 400 CDs to FLAC. Then use FLAC files to create mp3 versions if you need those. Otherwise just use the FLAC files on your home player. But be sure and create at least one full backup of these files. USB drives are cheap. I'd suggest two different USB drive backups, keeping one stored at a different location than your home.

    2. Next best solution is to do nothing. Just use the m4a files. Almost all music server/players will play m4a files just like they play mp3 files. It doesn't require itunes to play m4a files. I have a few thousand m4a files and they play just fine on all my players (and I'm not using itunes). I think PLEX will play m4a files just fine. Perhaps you are under the mistaken notion that m4a files *only* play on itunes/apple?
    But also clarify for me: the m4a files are lossy files, correct? In otherwords, these m4a files are not Apple Lossless files. Apple Lossless also have an "m4a" extension. If these are in fact Apple Lossless, then you can simply convert these files to FLAC. This would be a LOSSLESS > LOSSLESS conversion. And you can also create mp3 files if you need those (converted either from the Apple Lossless or FLAC files).
    Last edited by garym; 10-18-2019 at 10:10 AM.

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    Re: Dynamic Naming

    Thanks Spoon. Great to get this feedback. I am learning LOTS by reading these posts.

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    Re: Dynamic Naming

    Thanks garym for your replies. I will get back with you on your questions. However, I do believe what I have are Apple lossy. I will be unable to resume this project until next week. Thanks, Tom

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