UPDATE: Download BlackBerry Media Sync…
Remember BlackBerry Media Sync, the new feature coming in BlackBerry OS 4.6 that will makes its debut on the BlackBerry Bold? The big to do was that BlackBerry Media Sync will have iTunes support.
Well, so long as you don’t plan on viewing or listening to anything that you download from iTunes with Digital Rights Management (DRM), you will be good to go. As I suspected, BlackBerry Media Sync can’t get around DRM.
I started to name this post BlackBerry Media Sync: iTunes Support All But Useless, however, after thinking about it, felt that this would be kind of harsh. I guess that there is a lot of stuff that I have in iTunes that is not DRM protected and if BlackBerry Media Sync makes it easy to get some of this content onto my BlackBerry, there is a chance that I would actually listen to a podcast here or there.
What would really be nice is if you could create a Macro in BlackBerry Media Sync that would allow you to take DRM protected files, burn them to a CD (data file) then rip the CD file back to MP3 and transfer to your BlackBerry. This process needs to be automatic. If you have to do it manually it really is less of a chore to just carry your iPod with you.
you could probably create an apple script to do this for you. The majority I have in my itunes library is from CDs that I have bought and ripped. I generally don’t buy music online unless it’s a single that I’m interested in. Otherwise, if I’m buying a full album, I’m getting the CD.
Why would anyone continue to purchase the majority of their music with DRM? There is lots of music available in mp3 format – without DRM – at Amazon.com and other places. Amazon’s downloader will even automatically add your new music to ITunes.
Well, you can purchase music from itunes that’s DRM free, but here’s a reason I don’t purchase from Amazon.com or any other retailer.
It’s a good read and worth checking out if you’re in the habit of buying lots of music online.
What I don’t understand is why people would purchase mp3s still? AAC is a smaller file size and better quality. Anyway, the article above gives me ideas about why as well. Not written by me btw.
Doubletwist is advertised as doing what you are looking for in a program
Shenanigans! Not everyone uses iTunes! I stay away from it like the plague! Then again, I’m not the average consumer. I’m the one one who takes advantage of all the codecs the BlackBerry devices support. I’m part of the minority. LoL
There is Apple, the iPhone, and iTunes and there is everything else.
I agree with Cedric…iTunes is the gold standard of digital music, regardless of what one thinks about it.
If you want to play in the digital music world you need to play nice with iTunes, period.
But will the new software hold your place in a podcast if you stop listening for a while?
You can use TuneClone (http://www.tuneclone.com) to batch convert M4P to MP3 and then you can import the MP3 to BlackBerry.
TuneClone uses a virtual cd burner for converting the music files. Compared with using real disc, it is faster. Moreover, this cute software can keep the artist , title and album information completely. It can even save the artwork s of the album.
Great tools for iTunes users if you have more than hundreds M4P files need to be converted.