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mp3 / itunes help needed from someone smart...!!

I got an mp3 player (sandisk sansa - - non-ipod) for xmas and an itunes gift card. Yee-ha!
How the hell do I get the music I buy from itunes into my mp3 player??
I've read about 50 different things online, but what is the best way? I can get the songs onto my mp3 player, but all the song title/artist info gets lost and it's all under "unknown." I'm so frustrated because somehow I got SOME songs on and managed to retain all the info, but I don't know how I did it!!!

If someone could give me step by step instructions, I'd REALLY appreciate it!!! Thanks!

Mon. Jan 8, 9:31am

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okay - I'll take help from ANYONE! : )
Beuler? Beuler?

Monday, January 08, 2007, 2:21 PM

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Step 1 - have you downloaded the software that came from your mp3 player?

Monday, January 08, 2007, 2:24 PM

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could you call the mp3 player manufacturer? or even the customer service desk at a place like best buy might be a good place to seek help.

Monday, January 08, 2007, 2:25 PM

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The Sansa isn't compatible with iTunes according to Apple's docs:

However, what you could do is use your gift card and download the songs from iTunes. Then, rip those songs onto a CD. After that, you'll have to re-import them through the software used with your Sansa.

It's a bit clunky, but at least you'll get to use your gift card, you'll make a backup CD in the process and you'll eliminate Apple's DRM from your songs.

Or you could just go get a shuffle and forgetaboutit.


Monday, January 08, 2007, 2:44 PM

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I had to do it 2 weeks ago....... it sucked!!
Itunes makes it horrible for mp3 users.

There is some free software online converting files to mp3.

Google it and it should come up with a few options.
Hope it helps

Monday, January 08, 2007, 2:45 PM

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Itunes makes it horrible for mp3 users.

Not at all. If you own one of their players, then it works seamlessly.

If not, choose another service, such as Napster, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL ...

Then there are others like which play on anything.

Monday, January 08, 2007, 3:45 PM

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I got my son one. Your MP3 player should had dcome with cords that you plug into your computer and into the player at the same time and a disk you use this disk to set up your music folders you choose music stick it into the folder then down load onto your mp3 player if this dosn't work call the number in the instructions someone will help you.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007, 8:28 AM

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I got an iPod for Christmas and downloaded my library from Windows Media Player to iTunes, and I had the same problem of messed up titles, although not as badly as you seem to have. Are the song titles/artists just messed up on your MP3 or on the computer as well? If it's a computer issue, the only thing I can suggest is to manually go through and rename all the tracks. If it's just on your MP3, I have no clue.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007, 6:57 PM

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here's what I do

I have a Creative Labs mp3 player but use iTunes. I haven't found a way around the incompatibility thing yet, but I am still searching. In the mean time, I use a program you can get free off the net- CDex. I make a playlist on iTunes and then burn it to a CD. I then open the CDex software and turn all the .wav files into .mp3 files. The program saves the mp3s to my hard drive, and then from there I can "drop" them onto my player (it's just like a flash drive). Seems like a lot of work, but I haven't found a simpler way yet. If I do, I'll post it here!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007, 9:54 PM

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I also have a sandisk sansa. I have never tried to use itunes as I mostly use it to download books, but I have also noticed that it does not get the title and artist right. I think it may just be that the sandisk has the problem and not you.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007, 11:31 PM

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I have found the sansa a little more difficult to use than the creative or others. There is a setting in the options that you have to change on the MP3 player. It changes the file format. Once you have it changed (I think it's called MRU or something) the MP3 player will show up as a disk drive (like a memory stick, camera or jump drive). Now, I'm not sure exactly iTunes works, but I'm sure you have to download the music. It should download to a specific folder where you can drag it over to the MP3 player.

Something you might want to look at...most cities have a website called craigslist. goto and select your city - or what is near you. People who use that are pretty technical and usually you can find some geeky college kid who would help you for a case of beer or a pizza.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 7:59 AM

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OP here

Okay - since I accidentally did it right a couple times, I knew it was possible to *intentionally* do it right. So I sat down and figured it out. Here's what I did (which is a version of what several of you suggested).

1. Burn the songs to a cd.
2. Still in itunes, go to the burned cd and check off each song you want.
3. Right click the selections, and choose "convert to mp3"
4. Go to a folder view of your computer, find the artist folders, and drag the whole thing to the "media" folder on the sandisk.
NOTE: it will tell you that the mp4 (or whatever it's called) isn't compatible with the device - just hit "skip" for each one and it will continue to transfer just the mp3's.

Friday, January 12, 2007, 10:17 AM

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iTunes for Sansa

1. synchronize your sansa player with windows media player
2. go to iTunes and create a playlist called burn and turn - this will help you remember which songs you've already gone through this process with later.
3. create a CD, audio is the best I've found and easiest format to use
4. close iTues and head back to WMP.
5. Rip the CD you created on iTunes and it will automatically add it to your library on WMP.

Thursday, December 18, 2008, 12:43 AM

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