How to Save Music on a Quicktime Player As an MP3

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

The MP3 audio format has become a standard for listening to music on computers and mobile devices like the iPod. There is a lot of music available to listen to that is in a number of different audio formats. Saving your music files in the MP3 format is the best way to ensure compatibility with all of the players that music can be listened to on. Music files in other audio formats can be saved to MP3 quickly and efficiently using Apple’s free Quicktime Player, aided by Apple's free iTunes software. Both programs work in a similar fashion on Macs and Windows-based computers.

Step 1

Download and install the free Mac or Windows-based computer version of the Quicktime Player software from the Apple website to the desktop of the computer (see link in Resources). Return to the Apple website and download and install the Mac or Windows-based of iTunes (see link in Resources).

Step 2

Run Quicktime Player. Go to "File," "Open File" and navigate to the audio file on the computer's hard drive in the window that appears. Highlight the audio file with the mouse. Press the "Open" button at the lower right corner of the window to load the audio file and close the window.

Step 3

Go to "File," "Save As" and name the audio file in the open column at the top of the window that appears. Press "Save" to save the audio file to the computer's hard drive. Quit Quicktime Player.

Step 4

Run iTunes. Go to "iTunes," "Preferences" and click on the "General" tab. Click on "Import Settings" to bring up a new window. Click on "MP3 Encoder" in the drop-down menu next to "Import Using." Click on "Higher Quality" in the drop-down menu next to "Setting" which is below "Import Using." Press the "OK" button to close the window. Press the "OK" button to close the "Preferences" window.

Step 5

Drag the audio file from the computer's hard drive to the upper left corner of the iTunes program's window. The audio file is now saved to the iTunes library on the computer's hard drive as a MP3 audio file through the use of iTunes and the Quicktime Player.

Tips & Warnings

  • Other programs can interfere with the conversion process, so only have Quicktime Pro and iTunes running when you are converting files.
  • Copy-protected audio files cannot be converted into the MP3 audio format.