why? so you dont have to be held back by MPEG4 encoding and you can use it on other mp3 players or other programs.
(Note I dont know if you can do this with purchased music, but it works with CD imported music and fileshared music.)
Step 1: Step One
click on edit, then click on preferences
when itunes is done converting, you now have an MP3 version of the song.
go into your music folder and then itune's library and find the song. click and drag to what you want to use for like a video, or another mp3 player or cellphone etc.