How to Convert a VLC Media File to an MP3 File

VLC Media Player supports most audio and video types. A VLC media file can be one of many formats, because VLC is a video player. Sometimes, people encounter problems when converting files for transfer from PC to a Mac. In general, two separate conversions are needed: first from VLC Media to an .aiff with QuickTime Player, then from .aiff to .mp3, using iTunes.

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Download the latest version of QuickTime Player, agree to the terms and install it. Open your file in QuickTime.

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Click "File" in the QuickTime toolbar. Select "Export..."

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Select the "Export:" pop-up. Scroll down and click on "Sound to AIFF."

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Click "Save."

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Download iTunes. Agree to the terms, install and open.

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Open your new .aiff file in iTunes by clicking "File" and "Add to Library," or by dragging your file into iTunes.

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Click on "iTunes" in your toolbar and select "Preferences."

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Select "Import Settings"--the icon near the bottom right of the window. Click the "Import Using" icon and select "MP3 Encoder."

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Press "OK" twice to return to iTunes.

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Right-click on your .aiff file in the iTunes window. Click on "Create MP3 Version."