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I have the appropriate codec installed to play .avi files with QuickTime, but iTunes doesn't want me to just drag and drop .avi files into my iTunes library. Can I somehow convince iTunes that it should accept .avi files?

(I now I can convert the .avi files into MPEG4 and then drop the MPEG4 into iTunes, but I would like to avoid that step.)

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Short answer: No.

Although instead of converting to MPEG4, you can put them in a .mov container which will act as an alias and point to the original .avi file. Within Quicktime (which you said you already have installed), go to File -> Save As and select Reference Movie. The file generated can be dropped into iTunes.

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protected by slhck Oct 8 '11 at 9:57

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