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How to Convert Voice Memos to MP3 on Mac in Every Way

Myra updated on Feb 14, 2023 | Home > Video Converter Tips

The iPhone's Voice Memos software makes it simple and quick to record your voice, meetings, music, interviews, and any other adjacent noises. Additionally, you can send voice memos via email, iTunes, or a specific iOS data transfer tool to your PC and other devices. However, since iPhone formats its voice memos as M4A, which isn't supported by many platforms and programs, you might find that you can't open iPhone voice memos with other devices or video editing tools. Converting voice memos to MP3 is the best way to handle this issue, and the article provides three different conversion methods.

What Format Does a Voice Memo Use

The Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) or Apple Lossless Audio Codec is used to compress the MPEG-4 code used to record and playback audio files in the Voice Memo app for the iPhone (ALAC). The ".M4A" file extension is used instead of the ".MP4" file extension because the Voice Memo app only saves audio data. The MPEG-4 Audio multimedia file format, which is used to hold compressed audio, is used to record sound. Recordings can be compressed so that they use less storage space than if they were stored as raw sound files. M4A is not compatible with all media players, even though it enables effective file storage.

How to Convert a Voice Memo to MP3

There are three popular ways for you to convert voice memos to MP3. Choose one of them to get things done within minutes.

Method 1. Using EaseUS Video Converter

One of the best MP3 converter tools for Mac and PC is EaseUS Video Converter. When you open it, you will discover that it can handle every audio/video conversion operation. Its useful features let you convert your voice memos to MP3 files and do simple file editing operations on things like resolution, bitrate, and frame rate.

Besides, as its name indicates, EaseUS Video Converter also works to convert videos between different formats or convert videos to audio. Here are some examples:

If you need to convert video or audio files often, it is advisable to get such a tool.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Converter on your computer and select the "Audio Converter" option from the left pannel. Then, add or drag your audio files to the conversion area.

Import audio file

Step 2. Click on the Settings icon to bring up a new window, from where you can select "Audio" from the top menu. Then, you can choose MP3 or other audio formats as the output format. Additionally, you are able to select the quality according to your needs. 

Output settings

Step 3. Then go back to the former interface, and click on the "Convert All" button to start the conversion.

Start conversion

Method 2. Using VLC Media Player

Most multimedia formats, as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and several streaming protocols, may all be played using the free VLC media player and framework. You may convert voice memos to mp3 using the VLC media player in addition to playing audio and video files. To convert voice memos using VLC, adhere to this guide.

Step 1. Launch the VLC media player. Click "Convert/Save" or just press Ctrl+R under the "Media" tab.

Step 2. To add the voice memo to your computer, click "Add" in the "File" window.

Step 3. Select the desired format from the "Profile" menu by clicking "Convert/Save" or by pressing Ctrl+O. 

How to convert voice memos to MP3 with VLC

Method 3. Using Online Audio Converter (Zamzar)

Online tools have increasing popularity nowadays. When it comes to audio converters, there are also online equivalents. There is a plenty of online audio converters available. Among them, I'd like to recommend Zamzar. Here are the easy steps to convert voice memos to MP3 with it:

Step 1. Select the "M4A file" that must be converted.

Step 2. Choose "MP3" as the output format for your M4A file conversion.

Step 3. To convert your M4A file, click "Convert."

How to convert voice memos to MP3 online

Method 4. Using Apple Music

To convert song files between compressed and uncompressed formats such as voice memos to mp3, use the iTunes software for Windows or the Apple Music program on Mac. For instance, to conserve disc space, you might want to import certain uncompressed tracks as compressed files into your music library. MP3 and Apple Lossless Encoder are two examples of compressed formats. AIFF and WAV are two examples of uncompressed formats.

Step 1. Launch the "Apple Music application."

Step 2.  Select "Music" > "Preferences" from the navigation bar.

Step 3.  Select "Import Settings" from the Files tab.

Step 4. Select the "encoding format" you wish to convert the song to by clicking the menu next to Import Using.

Step 5.  Press "OK."

Step 6. Choose whatever "songs" in your library you wish to convert.

Step 7.  Select "Create format Version" under File and then click on "Convert."

How to convert voice memos to MP3 via Apple Music


As voice memos have a format of .m4a and it is not supported by media players other than iPhone and Mac. To solve this problem, we often use other methods. From these methods, the Easeus Video converter is a very quick and easy method to convert voice memos to mp3 format. Another efficient method is by using the VLC media player. Even the online method is also better, if your file size is comparable not much large, then you can also use Zamzar. However, Apple Music is also used to convert different audio formats into mp3.

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