There are a number of situations in which you might want to change MP4 to MP3.
You like a movie and want to keep the soundtrack
You only need the audio from a large video file
You’d like to make an audiobook from a cartoon
How to convert MP4 to MP3 with Movavi Video Converter
Step 1. Install the MP4-to-MP3 converter
Once you have downloaded Movavi Video Converter, simply double-click the downloaded file to start the installation and follow the on-screen instructions. Wait a few seconds until the process is complete and then run the program.
Step 2. Add files for conversion
Click Add Media and then Add Video (or Add Audio if you want to convert MP3 to MP4) to open the files you need to encode, and then add them to the program. You can also add the files by simply dragging them from their folder into the converter window. The program support batch conversion, so it can process several files at one time.
Step 3. Choose the output format
Click Audio in the bottom part of the interface and find the MP3 preset group. Click it and choose your preferred bitrate options. Remember that the higher the bitrate, the better the quality; however, higher quality audio files will also take up more disc space, even with MP3 files.
In the converse case of transferring MP3 to MP4, switch to the Video tab and select one of the MP4 presets.
Step 4. Set a target folder and convert MP4 into MP3
Hit the Save to button to specify the target folder in which you want to save your files or they will be saved in the default Movavi Library folder. Click Convert to start the conversion. Once the job is done, the folder containing your music files will open automatically.
Now you know how to easily convert files with Movavi’s MP4-to-MP3 converter app. What is more, Movavi Video Converter is able to change dozens of other media formats and save files for specific models of mobile devices, including iPod, iPhone X, iPad Pro, Samsung GALAXY S9, and many more. Movavi Video Converter enables you to transfer video to 180+ file formats, save video for various devices, edit video in numerous ways with simple tools, and upload clips online using a built-in sharing app.
How to convert MP4 to MP3 with VLC
How to convert MP4 to MP3 with VLC on Windows 10/8/7 and Mac
These are instructions on how to convert MP4 to MP3 using the VLC player’s single-file mode. For batch conversion, try the method below.
Step 1. Select Convert / Save
Open the Media drop-down menu and click Convert / Save. This will open a new window in VLC.
Step 2. Select your file
In the Open Media window, click the Add button, and select the file you want to transcode. Click the Convert / Save button in the lower-right corner of the window.
Step 3. Set the extension/type to MP3
In the Convert dialog box that opens, select the appropriate conversion settings. In the Profile drop-down menu, select the Audio – MP3 preset.
Step 4. Set the destination
Now you need to decide where your MP3 file will be saved in the Destination file textbox. Enter in the file manually or click Browse to find the desired destination on your computer. In the dialog box that appears, change the file extension from .mp4 to .mp3 manually and click Save.
Step 5. Convert MP4 to MP3
Finally, click the Start button. Your file will be converted shortly to the selected destination.
How to batch-convert MP4 to MP3 with VLC
To make MP3s from MP4s with VLC in batches, try the steps below.
Step 1. Add multiple files
In the Media menu, select the Convert / Save option. In the Open Media dialog box, click the Add button and select multiple files to upload to VLC.
Step 2. Click Convert / Save
Click the Convert / Save button. In the Convert dialog box, find the Profile section. Here, select the Audio – MP3 preset.
Step 3. Batch-convert MP4 to MP3
Click Start. All converted files will be saved to their initial folders.
Which option is better: Comparing VLC, Movavi, and the online converter
VLC Media Player
Movavi Video Converter
Convert Sample feature to preview video quality before conversion
Cropping, rotating, and merging videos
SuperSpeed conversion, Nvidia acceleration
Easy-to-understand customization settings
No installation required
Completely free to use
No file size limit
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Summary: Which conversion software is better?
MP3 vs. MP4 comparison
MPEG-1/MPEG-2 Audio Layer III (MP3)
AAC, ALS, MP1, MP2, MP3, Apple Lossless, Opus
Depends on the codecs used, but definitely larger than MP3 since MP4 also contains video data.
Supported on almost any device
Supported on almost any device
Frequently asked questions
MP3 vs. MP4: which has better sound quality?
When comparing the MP4 vs. MP3 sound quality, we should say that the quality depends on the codecs used in the file. MP3 files use a lossy compression codec, which is also called MP3. MP4 files can also use this codec – in this case, the sound quality will be the same. MP4 supports other codecs as well, including lossless options, like ALS or Apple Lossless – with lossless codecs, the audio quality will be better.
What are the best MP4-to-MP3 converters?
To convert small files, we recommend using online MP4-to-MP3 converters – you can try the tool at the top of this page. If you prefer a desktop alternative, try VLC – an MP4-to-MP3 converter with a free download. A more powerful conversion tool is Movavi Video Converter, which also lets you edit video, audio, and images.
How do I convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10?
Try Movavi’s MP4-to-MP3 converter for Windows 10. The app supports over 180 media formats and provides editing tools.
How do I convert MP4 to MP3 using VLC?
Here’s how to convert MP4 to MP3 for free with VLC.
Download the appropriate version of VLC and launch the program.
The VLC website
Click Media in the upper left and select Convert / Save.
Locate your files using the Add button and hit Convert / Save again.
In the Profile menu, find Audio – MP3 option.
Click Browse, choose the output folder, and type the new filename.
How do I convert MP4 to MP3 using Windows Media Player?
Windows Media Player doesn’t currently support file conversion.
How do I convert MP4 to MP3 using iTunes?
Open iTunes and find the video you want to convert in the library. Select the video and hold Shift on Windows or Option on Mac. Go to File > Create new version > Create MP3 Version.
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