What should you do when you don’t need to watch a video, but instead just need to listen to the audio? In these cases, you want the portability and storage offered in an MP3. We are going to show you how to easily convert an MP4 video file to an MP3.
There are a variety of free file converters you can use directly in your browser or download to your desktop. Read on to learn about our favorites and our simple instructions on how to convert your MP4 using these free tools.
Step 1: Navigate to CloudConvert
The CloudConvert homepage is the best place to start. CloudConvert is an intuitive, cloud-based service that provides a stand-alone option that requires little more than an internet connection and your file. It’s entirely free, requires no additional software to run, and supports more than 200 formats — most importantly in our case, MP4 to MP3.
While the resulting audio quality is great, as is the conversion speed, a free account only allows up to 25 free conversions per day. However, CloudConvert should suit your needs if your only need to convert a few, small files per day.
Step 2: Select the files you want to convert
Click the Select File button in the middle of the page and select the video files you wish to convert to MP3. A pop-up window will appear where you can locate or search for the desired files on your computer. If you click on the drop-down arrow icon to the right of Select File, you can also choose a file from a URL or from your Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. Note that you’ll need to sign in to your cloud storage account via the CloudConvert site to access your cloud storage files. Doing so may automatically create a free CloudConvert account.
Once your files are selected, click the Open button in the lower-right corner of the pop-up window to add the file to the conversion queue.
Step 3: Choose your output format
Click the drop-down arrow button that appears after uploading your MP4 file, then select Audio followed by MP3 from the drop-down list. Click the wrench icon located directly beside the file if you wish to fine-tune the audio bit rate, audio Qscale, volume, or length. The latter is an incredibly handy tool if your video has an introduction or ending with undesired audio. When finished, click the red Okay button.
Step 4: Begin the conversion
Click the red Convert button on the right side of the page when you’ve finished setting your desired output preferences. A gray-and-yellow bar will appear indicating the conversion’s current status, along with a cancellation button (a red X next to the gray-and-yellow bar) should you change your mind for whatever reason. Afterward, wait for the conversion to complete.
Step 5: Download your new MP3
It may take some time, but CloudConvert will notify you when your conversion is finished. (A preview of your MP3 track may automatically play so you can hear it before deciding to download it.) Then just click the green Download button and select a save destination for the file. Now that you ripped your audio, you need a decent MP3 player to play it on. These are our favorites.
Alternative: Any Video Converter (Windows and MacOS)
You can use our favorite video converter, Any Video Converter, if you want to convert files on your computer.
By using this converter, users can convert MP4 audio into a variety of formats, including the highly-portable MP3 format. This converter is our top choice due to its high speeds, good video and audio quality, and its wide range of supported devices. AVC also offers advanced options, including cropping and trimming audio files or layering different files.
You can download the free version of Any Video Converter software from the AVC website. When you click the download button, the process will start immediately, and you can follow the prompts as they appear. After the installation, open the app and click the Add or Drag File(s) button on the screen.
Choose your MP4 file from the pop-up window and select MP3 as the output type from the menu’s options. If you don’t see MP3 as a choice, you can click on the Music Note icon to see the available audio options.
Click Convert Now to start processing your video. Since you downloaded the app to your computer, the MP3’s saved location will open after the conversion is finished.
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