How to Convert an MPEG4 to an MP3 on iTunes

by Ezekiel James
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MP4 (MPEG-4) files were developed by the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) as a type of compressed file which allows for the seamless online sharing of video and audio files. Unfortunately MP4 audio files are not yet used as universally as MP3 (MPEG-3) files. Therefore you may want to convert your MP4 files on your computer to MP3 files. You can do this easily in iTunes.

Step 1

Open iTunes then select the MP4 file you want to convert in your song library.

Step 2

Click on the "iTunes" drop-down menu then select "Preferences," or hit "Command + Comma."

Step 3

Select the "Advanced" tab then select the "Importing" tab under the "Advanced" tab.

Step 4

Click on the "Import Using" drop-down menu then select the "MP3 Encoder" option.

Step 5

Click on the "Settings" drop-down menu and select the "Custom" option. Wait for the "Custom" window to open.

Step 6

Select "64 kbps" in the "Stereo Bit Rate" drop-down menu then select "44.100 kHz" in the "Sample Rate" drop-down menu. Hit the "OK" button. Close the "Preferences" window.

Select the "Advanced" menu then click on the "Convert Selection to MP3" and wait for iTunes to convert your selected song to an MP3.


  • This process only works on non-protected files.


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About the Author

Ezekiel James began as a music writer in 2003. Since then, James has served as a writer for several music, technology and design publications. His work has been published on eHow, and in print for the "The Potrero View" and "Punk Planet." James is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Portland State University.

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