So, one of my co-workers has a ton of music in iTunes, and she wants to move away from it into something new. Problem is, she’s got a bunch of .m4a files, and she wants to convert them from .m4a to .mp3.

She asked me what I’d use, and for the life of me, I haven’t a clue what to use nowadays. I initially thought to use Audacity, but that’s kludgy, and you have to do it one file at a time, saving each file. Great if you have just a few files, but when you’ve got several gigs worth of music, it’s a pain in the ass.

I started looking at CNet’s page for something, but it’s got nothing with good ratings (and most of those ratings are filled with “Malware! DO NOT INSTALL!”).

Here’s the requirements:

- Windows 8 compatible

- Able to go from .m4a to .mp3 (I realize some files may not convert if they are DRMed; some of her library might be, but I don’t know for sure)

- Free or under $20

- “Grandparent safe” - aka not going to install 50 million toolbars or other vicious malware that I have to spend 3 days cleaning up because I suggested the software.


- Able to do batch conversions - I don’t want to have to open a file and save it in the different format.

ANY help you guys can offer would be greatly appreciated. :)