5 Best MP3 Converters for iOS and macOS (2024)

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Despite the rise of music and video streaming apps, many still download media files onto their smartphones. Personally, I like saving podcasts from YouTube. Sure, I could use Apple Podcasts or Spotify, but they waste too much cellular data when traveling. Also, copying audio files across the Apple ecosystem isn’t as inconvenient as people think. Here are the converters I use when downloading and transferring MP3 files to my iOS and macOS devices.

How To Convert MP3 Files on Mac

Time needed: 10 minutes

Use QuickTime if you prefer built-in converters with intuitive features over intricate yet confusing third-party apps. Here’s how you can use it to turn videos into audio files:

  1. Open QuickTime and select the video you want to convert.

    Opening a Video File on QuickTime Player

  2. Click File in the menu bar > Export As > Audio Only.

    Selecting to Export a Video File as an Audio Only File

  3. Input your file destination, enter your file name, and wait for your converted file.

Although QuickTime is a convenient built-in media player and converter, it supports limited file formats. Also, you can’t choose what file format your audio conversions will have. Use Apple Music If you need to convert your audio files to a specific file format:

  1. Open Apple Music on your Mac.
  2. Click Music in the menu bar > Settings > Files. Select Change to input your file destination and open Import Settings to adjust your preferred file format.
    Adjusting the Import Settings on Apple Music
  3. Hit File > Import and select the audio file you need to convert.
    Importing Audio Files on Apple Music
  4. Select the audio file once it loads > File > Convert > Create MP3 Version.
    Selecting to Export Audio File as MP3 File Format
Note icon NOTE
For videos, convert them into audio files first; otherwise, you won’t be able to choose your preferred audio file format yet.

Best Video and Audio MP3 Converters on iOS

If you don’t have access to a Mac, try these MP3 converters on iOS:

1. Video to MP3 – Video to Audio

Video to MP3 – Video to Audio is a freemium iOS converter that can turn videos and songs into MP3 files. You’ll also find a built-in YouTube downloader. The app’s convenient and intuitive, although I dislike its ad frequency for free users.

  1. Open Video to MP3 – Video to Audio.
  2. Tap MP3 Cutter.
    Using MP3 Cutter Function on Video to MP3
  3. Select the file you need to convert.
    Adjusting Video File on Video to Audio
  4. Hit the Share icon at the top-right corner of the screen > Save to Files.
    Save to Files Option on Video to Audio App

2. MyMP3

MyMP3 is a paid app that can convert videos into various audio file formats. The app is streamlined and lightweight—it only takes seconds to convert one-minute videos into MP3 files.

  1. Open MyMP3.
  2. Choose whether to import through your iOS gallery, Wi-Fi transfer, or iCloud.
    Importing Files to Convert on MyMP3 App
  3. Select your preferred audio file format and tap Convert.
    Adjusting the Presets and Format of a File on MyMP3
  4. Click the ellipsis icon (…) on the converted file > Export > Save to Files.
    Exporting Converted File on MyMP3

Best Video and Audio File Converters on Mac

Here are some alternatives if you don’t want to use QuickTime, Apple Music, or any of the MP3 converters on iOS.

1. EaseUs Converter Kit

EaseUs can convert both audio and video files into a wide range of file formats. You’ll need a Premium plan to unlock its video conversion feature, although a trial account should suffice for audio conversions.

  1. Open EaseUS—select Audio Extractor when converting videos and Audio Converter for audio files.
    Transferring Files to EaseUs Converter
  2. Drag and drop the file into the window.
  3. Click the Gear icon.
    Selecting the Gear Icon on EaseUs Converted File
  4. Adjust your preferred file format and hit Convert.
    Selecting Different Audio File Formats

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2. HandBrake

HandBrake is an easy-to-use video and audio file converter. The app supports a broad range of file formats, but prepare to spend some time navigating through all of them.

  1. Open HandBrake and click Open Source in the top-left corner of the window.
    Dropping Media Files Onto HandBrake
  2. Select the file you want to convert.
  3. Adjust Preset and Format to your preferences.
    Adjusting the Preset and Format on HandBrake
  4. Click Start.

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3. VLC

VLC has a simple UI. Most of the functions are intuitive, plus you can turn both audio and video files into several audio file formats.

  1. Open VLC.
  2. Click File in the menu bar > Convert/Stream.
    Selecting the Convert/Stream Option on File
  3. Drag the file you need to convert into the pop-up window.
    Converting the MP4 File on VLC Media Player
  4. Input your preferred file format under Choose Profile.
  5. Select your file destination and hit Go.

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Don’t worry if your downloads won’t play on your Mac—QuickTime only supports specific media files and codecs. You’ll get a warning saying, “This file contains some media which isn’t compatible with QuickTime Player.” if you try playing incompatible videos or songs. The best solution is to convert them to a supported format.

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