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Converting .aa files to mp3's

Discussion in 'Audio' started by marcpod, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. zacmax

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    Thanks, x-user. I have the application already, and it works perfectly. You're the third person on this forum to offer it. What a nice group of folks.

    I received my refund from RiverPast. I feel bad about that, since I *am* using their software. true, it's the "obsolete" version, but they were intimidated into removing the .aa conversion feature.

    I asked them not to refund my payment, but John Huang did and sent a signed personal note thanking me for making complimentary comments about the older versions.

    Unfortunately, RiverPast offers no other software I can use, but I'll check back later.

    Dawn

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  3. JesusC

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    OK, those of you wanting to convert Audible .aa files to any other format (.wav, .mp3, etc.) need to download River Past Audio Converter version 5.0.0 from here: http://winsite.planetmirror.com/win95/audio/audioconverter_setup.exe ; NOT THE LATEST VERSION on the http://www.riverpast.com/ website!

    You need ver 5.0.0, not the current version on the riverpast website. It's a trial version which limits you to only 2 mins of converting but you can register the trial version.
    [bold]Seriously folks, support small developers.[/bold]

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  5. barney231

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  6. Jeanc1

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    @barney231

    It does not convert AA audio files !
  7. clex

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    Greetings everyone, Nice forum. I understand I can convert the aa files to mp3s with the River Past Audio software, but as a neophyte I'm asking why I can't burn these MP3s onto a DVD? I suppose not, but then I wasn't clear (even though it was mentioned above) on how I can split up the aa files into a number of mp3 files.

    Last question, I have still to buy an mp3 player and would like a suggestion for the best buy, e.g. great product but last year's model which works just as great at half the price. BTW, is the free digital audio player from Audible.com OK quality? ;)Cheers
  8. phenner

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    Interesting reading and SW available about AA file conversion and MP3 splitting:
    http://home.austin.rr.com/unpocoloco/java/AudioBook/index.html

    I've been using it for over a year and it works great. The Goldwave "free trail" usage isn't even close hitting the maximum yet and when it does I will probably pay the $ since I have gotten so much free use out of it.
  9. diabolos

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    [bold]dBPowerAMP (dMC)[/bold] may or may not convert .aa files. The only reason I think it might is because some of the .aa files out there, sold via iTunes, could be based on .aac apples's "Advanced Audio Compression" format.


    Link to dBPowerAMP and other apps
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/127334


    .aa I learnd about a new audio format today!
    Ced
  10. Jeanc1

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    dBPowerAMP (dMC)^[bold] cannot [/bold] convert AA files. ! The reason is simple... only River Past had the guts to make a converter then promply quit after version 5.2 cause of a lawsuit and a Court Order..

  11. diabolos

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    That was my mistake. Even if the .aa files being sold by iTunes where based on the AAC format, they whould be DRM protected. dBPowerAMP can't convert protected files.

    Sorry,
    Ced
  12. Jeanc1

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    AA files have nothing in common with Itunes or AAc format -- !
  13. diabolos

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    What do you mean by in common? iTunes sells Audio Books for download. I'm sure that any body that sells somthing for download would put thier "Stamp" on it before selling it, especially when there selling it as a download.


    Check out the programs attached to the file extension .aa (look at the Program ID list).
    http://www.filext.com/detaillist.php?extdetail=aa&goButton=Go


    The Audio Book format is versatile,
    Ced
  14. phenner

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    Audible uses encrytion on their aa format that makes conversion to a mp3 format difficult. GoldWave (http://www.goldwave.com/release.php) can open an aa file if you select Open "all files". It will then perform a direct conversion to mp3 format. I have been using this for over a year and only once did I have to perform a little extra low pass filtering (via Goldwave) on a mp3 file after conversion to edit out a little high pitched tone.
  15. blco32

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    To convert anything to mp3 I use "Sound Capture. You have to listen as it converts but it will convert anything that your sound card will play. I use it a lot when I go into a site that will only let you listen to a song.
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  16. phenner

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    understood ... but some of those aa files are > 7 hours long. It still takes about 10-15 minutes to complete the conversion.
  17. blco32

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    Yeah, I definitely agree. It is the long files that would be difficult. I don't think I'd go that route either. Lol. Kinda time consuming.
  18. pali_432

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    I have both River Past Audio 5.0.3 (registered) & Goldwave 5.0.8. I have removed my current version of the Audible software and reinstalled with version 3.5 with the Windows Media Player plugin. But I am still having problems converting files.

    I have successfully opened a .aa file in River Past once and once only, every other time I have tried i am told: The following files do not contain recognizable audio

    I have never been able to open a .aa file with Goldwave and each time I try I am presented with a list of format options to select, no matter what I select I am told: Could not open file. File does not exist or format is not supported.

    I would really appreciate any help offered as I want to put all my books on MiniDisc
  19. phenner

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    You need to select "all files" in the format field when opening an aa file ... it will upen it and it can convert it.
  20. pali_432

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    nope phenner thats not it. I have tried both the "All Files" and the "aa Audible files" option. Neither one works thanks for tryin tho. anyone else I would really appreciate a solution.
  21. pali_432

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    I just figured out something else. I am able to open files that I have not yet listened to, but the others are still unopenable. Hope this helps someone come up with a solution. right now I am going to try to delete them and re-download and see what happens.

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