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Probably an old potato but how can I get my MacBook Pro to play MIDI files please? I need to download some to learn some music for our Carol concert!!!
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Probably an old potato but how can I get my MacBook Pro to play MIDI files please? I need to download some to learn some music for our Carol concert!!!
I wish I knew. Previous versions of iTunes (i.e. pre 10.5) allowed conversion. I had hoped to retrieve the old version from my Time Machine but that didn't work.

I really cannot understand why Apple have 'improved' iTunes by removing a useful facility.

It is possible to buy converters but why should we have to? I have a music writing programme called Noteworthy that only works in Windows and will only convert to midi.

In theory it should be possible to write music in Garage Band but I have yet to master how to write a simple score with it!!

Very frustrating.
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The first page of results from a Google search mostly seem to lead to this - Sweet Midi Player http://www.ronimusic.com/index.html - a little expensive but I think the trial version should play your files OK.

Hope this helps,

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Quicktime 7 can be downloaded and plays them. If you try to play them through your current version of quicktime it will direct you to the correct version..


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Most useful. Thanks for the tip. However it is a fact that I used to be able, at no cost, to download midi files to iTunes, probably v10.4, and convert them to AAC. This meant that I could write my voice part and save it to iPhone and learn it. It may be that some copyright issues arose. If so it would be useful if this could be clarified.

Presumably Quick Time 7 Pro can do this but it isn't free.
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