Apple - Is there a way to convert audio files in Mac OS X or the command line without using iTunes?

I installed ffmpeg via MacPorts, although it also available via Homebrew (brew install ffmpeg) or download the binary.

To convert something like that, (without worrying about audio quality, which I know nothing about), I just use:

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 output.mp3

Here is an example of how you would convert a .wav file to .mp3 from their website:

ffmpeg -i input.wav -codec:a libmp3lame -qscale:a 2 output.mp3 

Here is an example of how to find all .wav files larger than 50M, convert them to mp3 and then delete the original wav (aka, batch mode -- alter the find command to create your 'batch')

find . -size +50M -iname *.wav -type f -exec ffmpeg -i {} -codec:a libmp3lame -qscale:a 2 {}.mp3 -y \; -exec /bin/rm {} \;

OS X does not ship with any MP3 encoder apart from the one in iTunes. For converting to mpeg4 audio you can use the CLI command afconvert (afconvert -h for available options). For example:

afconvert track.aiff -o track.m4a -q 127 -b 128000 -f m4af -d aac

Help for this tool can be found by running "afconvert --help" as "man afconvert" doesn't point to a useful manual page.

Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes


Convert and Export 2.0

is a collection of useful scripts that you can run from the Finder or the command line. Of course they all use iTunes to process data, but you might find it more convenient than having to use iTunes' GUI and mouse commands to convert files.