It will depend on what format her library is in. You need to look at the file type or file extension of the songs. The song file name will look like 01-song.mp3 and the type is mp3, or 01-song.m4a and the type is m4a. If you see that you can skip the next bit.
[If you just see 01-song, that’s because Windows default is to hide the file type for “known” types. If all you see is 01-song then you need to tell Windows to stop hiding them. In XP, it’s My Computer/Tools/Folder Options and un-checking a check box at “Hide extensions for known file types.” Vista has a different route to Folder Options, I think through Control Panel.]
Now look at the songs. If they are mp3 you are ready to roll. In the Fuze go to Settings/System Settings. Scroll down to USB Mode and make sure it is MSC. That makes the Fuze act like a thumb drive–no authorization, free and clear. Connect it to her computer, find her iTunes Music Library (you can see the location in Edit/Preferences/Advanced) and just copy all the albums into the Sansa.
But that’s the best case. Unless she set it differently from its default, iTunes usually rips CDs into Apple’s own file type, .m4a. And because Apple does not like to play nicely with other children, those files won’t play on the Sansa. There’s a workaround. iTunes will covert its m4a files to mp3s–under Advanced, find Create mp3 Version.
Or you can get Media Coder, a free program that converts between filetypes. It can convert m4a to mp3. With a big library it may take a while.
In Media Coder, look into settings and make sure you set the bitrate (kbps) for mp3 conversion to at least 192 kbps. The reason is that the iTunes files have already been compressed, lowering their sound quality (compared to CDs), and another conversion is going to compress them further. 192 kbps should preserve most of what is there.
If she likes ripping her CDs with iTunes, it is possible (in Edit/Preferences/Advanced/Importing) to make iTunes rip to mp3. Again, set it to higher quality, 192 kbps or above.
There is an even worse possible case, which is that her files are Apple’s evil locked m4p (P for Protected, made not to be copied or transferred.) Those are going to be stuck on her Nano unless you have “privileges”–hey wait a minute, you paid for these and you have to beg for privileges?–to burn them to an Audio CD and then re-rip the CD into mp3.
Or you might have to go to the shady side of the Internet and Google for programs that convert m4p to mp3. Don’t pay for anything you can’t try out and virus-scan any program you want to try–there are bad people out there.
Message Edited by Black-Rectangle on 12-25-2008 08:52 AM