How to Convert a Music MP4 to a MP3

by Bryan CohenUpdated September 28, 2017
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While a standard iPod will play both music MP4 files and MP3 files, there are some portable media players that will only play MP3. MP4 is a file format for both video and audio that is associated with iTunes and iPods, and it may not be recognized by some older media players. If you have iTunes on your computer, there are settings within the program that can do the conversion for you. If you do not have iTunes, there are several downloadable programs to convert your files.

Open iTunes. If you do not have iTunes, skip down to step 4.

Click “Edit,” “Preferences,” and “Import Settings.” Click on the drop-down menu and select “MP3 Encoder” and the audio quality settings that you wish to have with your files. Click “OK” and “OK” to get back to your main library.

Right-click on your MP4 file and click on “Create MP3 Version.” The conversion will happen right away, and your file will appear in the iTunes library. Right-click on the new file, and click on “Show in Windows Explorer” to open the file’s location. You can now move it wherever you wish.

Download and install iTunes; go back to Steps 1 through 3.


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About the Author

Bryan Cohen has been a writer since 2001 and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double degree in English and dramatic art. His writing has appeared on various online publications including his personal website Build Creative Writing Ideas.

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