How To Play Any Media File In iTunes

If you use iTunes to organise your media, you've probably run into the roadblock of adding files it doesn't support (like MKVs). Here's how to trick iTunes into support the files you want.

The trick works by changing the file type flag in the file. You can do this with a utility like FileBuddy (Mac OS X) and just change the file type (for AVIs it seems to be VfW) to something iTunes can support (like MooV). Save the file and you'll suddenly be able to import it into iTunes. To play it back, however, you'll need the proper codec support. Perian handles this brilliantly on the Mac.

For Mac users, there's an even faster way. MacRumors forum poster Chris14 created an AppleScript application that automates the process (download it here). To use it, just open it up and select the file you want. The AppleScript app will change the file type and you'll then be able to import it into iTunes.

On Windows, you'll need to do a little extra work and you'll need QuickTime Pro. If QuickTime can interpret the file, you're in good shape. Just save the file out as a QuickTime reference movie and add that to iTunes. To help iTunes open more difficult formats, try installing additional video codecs to add support. 3iVX can help with DiVX-encoded files and XiphQT for a few other file types.

How to make iTunes accept other video formats [MacRumors Forums]


Comments

    For the Mac, I use a program called iFlicks - which has the option to not only import into itunes all sorts for file types (either convert to MOV or import as a reference file), but also gets posters and meta data.

    I used to have an apple script to just make a quicktime reference file, but I've now switched to using iflicks for importing all my media into itunes.

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