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

Voice memos on your phone are generally stored in a format with poor compatibility. Thus, if you want to use your voice memos in programs, it is necessary for you to convert your voice memos to MP3, a widely supported format.

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Updated on Apr 03, 2024

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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 the 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.

To simplify the decision-making process, we have assembled a comparison table that distills the essential information about these tools, allowing users to identify the most appropriate option quickly.

Methods Effectiveness Difficulty
EaseUS VideoKit Offer high-quality conversion without quality loss. Super easy
VLC Media Player Effective conversion can be finished with some technical expertise. Super easy
Zamzar Offer online quick conversion. Super easy
Apple Music Effective, but the process may vary depending on the device you use. Moderate

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, 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 VideoKit

One of the best MP3 converter tools for Mac and PC is EaseUS VideoKit. 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, the EaseUS VideoKit also works to convert videos between different formats or convert videos to audio. Here are some examples:

  • Convert M4V to MP4
  • Convert M4V to MP4
  • Convert MOV to FLV
  • Convert MP4 to MP3

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

Step 1. Start EaseUS VedioKit and move to the "Audio Converter" tab.

move to the Audio Converter tab

Step 2. Click "Choose File" or drag and drop your audio files. Add another file or folder above. 

Choose File

Step 3. Select the target format that you want to convert, and choose its ratio. You can also tab the gear icon next to the file to access the same interface.

audio setting

Step 4. Click "Save to" for the storage location, and check "Merge all files" as needed. Turn on "High-speed conversion" and "GPU Acceleration" optionally.

define video output setting

Step 5. Press "Convert" at the right of the clip or click "Convert All" in the bottom right to convert. After that, you can find the converted file in the designated folder.

Convert file

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. With this open-source video converter, you may convert voice memos to MP3 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 the best audio converters for Mac, Zamzar is definitely on the list. There are 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


Voice memos have a format of .m4a and are not supported by media players other than iPhone and Mac. To solve this problem, we often use other methods. From these methods, the EaseUS VideoKit 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 better; if your file size is comparable not too large, then you can also use Zamzar. However, Apple Music is also used to convert different audio formats into MP3.

Unlock the magic of turning your voice memos into MP3 files effortlessly on your Mac. Share this article with your friends, and let them in on the secret!


FAQs on Converting Voice Memos to MP3 on Mac

This part lists frequently asked questions; if you have more questions about this topic, read it.

1. How do I convert voice recordings to MP3?

To convert voice recordings to MP3, you can use EaseUS VideoKit. Here's a general process:
Step 1. Upload the voice recording file you want to convert.
Step 2. Select MP3 as the output format.
Step 3. Start the conversion process.
Step 4. Download the MP3 file to your device.

2. How do I export audio from voice memos on Mac?

To export audio from voice memos on a Mac:
Step 1. Open the "Voice Memos" application on your Mac.
Step 2. Find and select the voice memo you want to export.
Step 3. Right-click on the selected voice memo.
Step 4. From the context menu, choose "Export."

3. How do I convert my iPhone music to MP3?

To convert your iPhone music to MP3, Just upload your source music file from your iPhone to EaseUS VideoKit, then choose MP3 as the output format. Then click to start conversion. Finally, download the MP3 file to your computer.

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