Forum Question: Convert files from m4a to mp3 with automator or applescript?

I am trying to make an automated workflow where I can record a file using Apple’s Voice Memo program on my iPhone 4, sync it, and then have the files from that folder in iTunes be moved to a public folder on or somewhere else. If you have any great suggestions on how to do that, I would love it.
But my real question is this: is there any way using automator or applescript or hazel or something to convert an m4a file (the voice memo standard format) into an mp3 file? I want to make this as automated as possible.
Todd A. Peperkorn

Comments: 2 Responses to “Convert files from m4a to mp3 with automator or applescript?”

    10/26/10 @ 3:27 pm

    I’d imagine this is possible, but probably a lot of work. I would use a folder action so that any time a file appears in that folder, it gets processed. Processing it is the hard part. You’ll probably have to write some AppleScript to get the file to open in QuickTime 7 Pro or something like it, export as .mp3 into the folder on your iDisk that corresponds to the MobileMe site location.
    I played around with the idea for a bit and gave up — there are no easy ways to do it, but I’m sure this is a way if you have the time to research it enough.

    Todd A. Peperkorn
    10/27/10 @ 9:03 am

    I have found a great AppleScript at Doug’s AppleScripts that makes a droplet for converting audio files using iTunes. It’s a start.

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