How to convert an MP4 to an MP3

What to do when you don’t need to watch a video but just want to listen to audio? In these cases, you need the portability and storage capabilities that MP3 provides. We will show you how to easily convert MP4 video files to MP3.


  • Convert MP4 to MP3 using CloudConvert
  • Alternative: Any video converter (Windows and macOS)

There are a variety of free profile converters that you can use directly in your browser or download to your desktop. Read on to learn about our favorites and simple instructions on how to convert MP4 files with these free tools.

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Convert MP4 to MP3 using CloudConvert

The CloudConvert homepage is the best place to start. CloudConvert is an intuitive, cloud-based service that offers a stand-alone option that requires only an internet connection and files. It’s free, requires no additional software to run, and supports more than 200 formats – the most important in our case being MP4 to MP3.

While the final audio quality and conversion speed are very good, free accounts are limited to a maximum of 25 free conversions per day. However, if you only need to convert a few small files per day, CloudConvert should meet your needs.

Step 1: Go to the CloudConvert website and select the archive you want to convert.choose Select a document button and select the video file you want to convert to MP3. A pop-up window will appear where you can find or search your computer for the file you need.

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If you click drop down arrow icon on the right Select a document, you can also select a file from a URL or Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive. Please note that you need to log in to your cloud storage account through the CloudConvert website to access your cloud storage files. Doing so may automatically create a free CloudConvert account.

After selecting the file, select Open Click the button in the lower right corner of the pop-up window to add the file to the conversion queue.

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Step 2: Select the output format.choose drop down arrow button that appears after uploading the MP4 file and select vocal followed by MP3 from the drop-down list.

choose wrench If you wish to fine-tune the audio bitrate, audio Qscale, volume or length, click the icon next to the file. The latter is a very handy tool if your video has an intro or ending with unwanted audio.Select red when done OK button.

Select the output format on the CloudConvert website.
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Step Three: Choose Red change Once you’ve finished setting your desired output preferences, click the button on the right side of the page.A grayish-yellow bar will appear indicating the current status of the transition, as well as a Cancel button (red X Located next to the gray-yellow bar) have you changed your mind for any reason. Then wait for the conversion to complete.

The conversion button on the CloudConvert website.
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Step 4: This may take some time, but CloudConvert will notify you when the conversion is complete. (A preview of the MP3 track may play automatically so you can hear it before you decide to download.) Then just select the green download button to save it to your computer. Now that you’ve ripped the audio, you need a decent MP3 player to play it. These are our favorites.

The download button on the CloudConvert website.
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Alternative: Any video converter (Windows and macOS)

If you want to convert files on your computer, you can use our favorite video converter, Any Video Converter.

By using this converter, users can convert MP4 files to a variety of formats, including the highly portable MP3 format. This converter is our top choice because of its high speed, good video and audio quality, and wide range of supported devices. AVC also offers advanced options, including cropping and trimming audio files or combining different videos.

Step 1: The AVC website provides a free version of the Any Video Converter software, which you can download directly.You can start the download process with just one click Download now button.Once the installation is complete, open the app and select format conversion Options on the home screen.

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Step 2: A pop-up window will appear where you can select MP4 files as input.

After adding the MP4 video as input, look for the title Output options on the right side of the screen.Under this heading, select video format Drop-down menu. Select from the menu that appears MP3 audio.

Adjust the audio options shown below as needed and select Blue start button in the lower right corner of the screen.

Step 3: After the conversion is complete, select View output file button appears. (You don’t need to upgrade to Pro to do this, just ignore the rest of the window.)

The location where the new MP3 file is stored will automatically open so you can immediately find the new file on your device.

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