Using the same music library
Question : Can I use both Windows
Media Player and Tunes with
the same music collection? I
have an iPod, but I can't use iTunes in my PC's Media Centre
Answer : The easiest way to do this is to
keep an MP3-only music collection.
Both iTunes and Windows Media
Player can read that file format, and
both programs store songs in the
same standard music folders.
But you'll have to change the
defaults in Windows Media Player
and iTunes to have them rip audio
CDs in MP3 format.
In Windows Media Player, click
on the "Rip" heading and select
the "Format" submenu. In iTunes,
go to the Edit menu, select
Preferences, click on the
Advanced tab and then click on
the "Importing" tab. (in each program, picking a higher bit rate
than the usual 128Kbps can yield
better sound quality.)
If you have some Windows
Media Audio files in your collection, iTunes can convert them to MP3
files automatically when you first
run it. If, however, your iTunes
library includes songs in AAC format, you'll need extra help.
Try MCE Tunes (www.mce-tunes.com); its US$15
version can merge regular AAC files into Windows Media Player's library.