How To Change MP4 Format to MP3

The MP4 file format is a popular multimedia file format used with audio and video. Many streaming video sites, including YouTube, display videos using the MP4 format due to its high quality and relatively small file size. Converting an MP4 file to MP3 will strip the video content from the file container, leaving you with the audio portion of the file. This is a useful conversion if you wish to transcode a music video to a straight audio file.

Convert MP4 to MP3 With iTunes

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Download and install iTunes (See Resources) if you do not already have the program.

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Launch iTunes.

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Select "File," "Add File to Library."

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Navigate to the MP4 file you wish to convert and click "Open."

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Navigate to the file in the iTunes library.

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Right-click on the MP4 file you wish to convert and select "Create MP3 Version." The file will be converted and added to your iTunes Library.

Convert MP4 to MP3 With VLC

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Download and install VLC (See Resources) if you do not already have the program.

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Launch VLC.

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Select "Media," "Convert/Save."

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Click "Add" to select the MP4 file you wish to convert.

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Navigate to the MP4 file you wish to convert and click "Open."

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Click "Convert/Save."

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Choose a destination location and select "Audio--MP3" from the "Profile" drop-down menu.

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Click "Start" to convert the file.