Tim Van Wassenhove

Passionate geek, interested in Technology. Proud father of two

20 Nov 2010

Convert AAC/M4A files to MP3 with VLC and PowerShell

Here is a way to convert your AAC/M4A files to MP3 using VLC media player:

vlc.exe -I dummy old.m4a :sout=#transcode{acodec=$codec,vcodec=dummy}:standard{access=file,mux=raw,dst=new.mp3} vlc://quit

Let’s wrap this command in a bit of PowerShell:

function ConvertToMp3([switch] $inputObject, [string] $vlc = 'C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe') {      
  PROCESS {            
    $codec = 'mp3';        
    $oldFile = $_;

    $newFile = $oldFile.FullName.Replace($oldFile.Extension, ".$codec");

    &"$vlc" -I dummy "$oldFile" ":sout=#transcode{acodec=$codec,vcodec=dummy}:standard{access=file,mux=raw,dst=\`'$newFile\`'}" vlc://quit | out-null;

    #Only remove source files when you are sure that the conversion works as you want          
    #Remove-Item $oldFile;

And now we can use this function for *all* m4a files in a given folder:

function ConvertAllToMp3([string] $sourcePath) {
  Get-ChildItem "$sourcePath\*" -recurse -include *.m4a | ConvertToMp3;

Using the function is as easy as:

ConvertAllToMp3 'C:\Users\timvw\Music';