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How do I Convert MP4 to MP3?

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  • Written By: Ken Black
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 04 December 2016
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To convert MP4 to MP3, it is necessary to have a special software capable of performing such a task. This software is available from a number of different vendors and can be easily downloaded. Those with a broadband connection can do this in a matter of minutes and begin to convert MP4 to MP3.

While there are a number of software programs that can perform this conversion, it is up to the computer user to exercise caution when downloading a file to convert MP4 to MP3. Many software makers know such a product is in popular demand. Some of them may include spyware, adware or other sorts of additional software that could have harmful effects. Some reputable-looking sites may also seek to simply pass on a virus, without a converter at all. Therefore, it is good to get user reviews or purchase the software from a dealer.

In some cases, the easiest way to convert MP4 to MP3 may be by first burning the music or video to a CD or DVD. Once that is completed, re-uploading the files back onto a computer as an MP3 format should be an option. This works in most cases, even iTunes ®. However, there may be some copy-protected formats that will not even work in this case. If choosing to do this, it may be possible to perform a conversion with software already prepackaged on most computers.

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For those choosing to install a software package for the conversion, most will come with simple, step-by-step directions to convert MP4 to MP3. Usually a dialog box will open up, which will allow the users to highlight all files for conversion. The conversion itself usually takes a matter of seconds. Once it is completed, the files will then be able to be uploaded to another device in the desired format.

In many cases, when working to convert MP4 to MP3, it will be possible to choose whether to convert the file or keep one of both types on your computer. This is strictly a preference. However, in most cases, the file is not really converted. The software program simply creates a new version of the file in the desired format and deletes the old format.

For this reason, the default is usually to keep both formats on the computer, though the new format may be moved to a different folder, depending on the designated destination. For those who wish to convert MP4 to MP3, always pay attention to the folder in which the new file will be placed. It may not be the most logical place. Usually, this can be changed in the dialog box.

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And a lot of those packages that will convert from one music format to another are totally free and very good. Be very, very careful when searching for those programs, however -- a lot of them are simply brimming with spyware. Before downloading one and opening it, doing some online research is a good idea.

By the way, MP3 is -- according to many -- the best format in which to store music. Just about all programs and hardware are compatible with MP3.

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