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One of PowerPoint’s charms is its ability to play music during the presentation. Adding music to your presentation is simple, but using a song from your iTunes library requires a few extra steps. Here’s how to use iTunes music in PowerPoint.

Converting iTunes’ AAC Files to MP3

When you purchase a song from the iTunes store, it arrives in your library as a 256 kbps AAC file. There’s no argument that this file format isn’t popular. As you may have guessed, PowerPoint doesn’t support this type of file. So how do you use music from your iTunes library in your presentation? You’ll need to convert the files to MP3 format.

To do this, open iTunes, select the “Edit” tab, and select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

Edit preferences

The “General Preferences” window will appear. In the “General” tab, select “Import Settings.”

Import Settings

Select the arrow next to the “Import Using” option and choose “MP3 Encoder” from the list. Click “Ok.”

MP3 encoder import

Next, select the song from your library you want to use in your PowerPoint presentation. In this example, we’ll use Kyle Landry’s rendition of Howl’s Moving Castle Theme.

Howl's moving castle by kyle landry

Once selected, head over to the “File” tab and select “Convert” from the drop-down menu.

Convert song to MP3

Next, select “Create MP3 Version” from the sub-menu.

Create MP3 version

You’ll now see a copy of the same song appear in your library.

AAC and MP3 copy of song

Let’s make sure it’s actually an MP3 file. Right-click it and select “Song Info” from the menu.

Song Info option

Go to the “File” tab and check the information next to “Format.” If it says “MPEG-1, Layer 3,” you’ve successfully converted the file.

Check file format of song

Alternatively, you could check the format of the file by navigating to the location of the file in Windows Explorer. The file path is usually:

C:\Users\username\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music

Adding Music to PowerPoint

Now you can add the MP3 file to your PowerPoint presentation. To do so, open PowerPoint and navigate to the slide on which you would like to insert the song. Next, go to the “Media” group of the “Insert” tab and select “Audio.” From the drop-down menu that appears, select “Audio on My PC.”

Select audio from media group

Navigate to the aforementioned file path to locate the recently converted MP3 file. Select the file, and then select “Insert.”

select MP3 to insert in PowerPoint

There are also several ways to customize the audio inserted in your slideshow. Use these tips to create the perfect presentation.

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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, and spends what little free time he has learning Japanese.
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