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Topic # 152427 26-Sep-2014 06:53
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I wish to convert some MP4 audio files to MP3. Googling I have found lots of options but many seem to either restrict the number of files or insert a voice logo etc unless you have activated a purchased version.

I believe you can do this in iTunes but I would prefer to not do it that way.

Would be grateful for recommendations of a good, simple, free converter for Windows 7.

 

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  Reply # 1137968 26-Sep-2014 07:51
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kiwiharry: You can use Audacity to convert them.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq_i18n?s=files&i=wma-proprietary



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  Reply # 1137975 26-Sep-2014 08:14
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Thanks guys.

I have used Audacity in the past to clean up analogue recordings but didn't think/realise I could use it for this.

Opening Audacity up it is not clear how to use it for my purpose and it doesn't seem to be a simple process like some of the apps I was complaining about above. Looking again at the files to be converted, they are called MPEG-4 but also have an M4A label on the icon. Audacity did not seem to like that.

I am grateful for your posts but would appreciate further advice, perhaps other software?

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  Reply # 1137999 26-Sep-2014 09:03
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eracode: Thanks guys.

I have used Audacity in the past to clean up analogue recordings but didn't think/realise I could use it for this.

Opening Audacity up it is not clear how to use it for my purpose and it doesn't seem to be a simple process like some of the apps I was complaining about above. Looking again at the files to be converted, they are called MPEG-4 but also have an M4A label on the icon. Audacity did not seem to like that.

I am grateful for your posts but would appreciate further advice, perhaps other software?


Have you got the FFmpeg library installed, as per the link in my post?

I've used it a number of times. I just use the Open command in Audacity to open a MP4 file and it opens seamlessly

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  Reply # 1138002 26-Sep-2014 09:07
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Have you looked at freemake.com?

There is a seperate program for video and audio files...  I think you need to watch out for the usual spyware/ adware that it tries to install but otherwise both programs have certainly done the job for me.

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  Reply # 1138039 26-Sep-2014 10:13
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VLC Can do it also

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  Reply # 1138047 26-Sep-2014 10:30
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I'm pretty sure MPEG Streamclip could do it. You can do batches in MPEG streamclip too which may save you time. I'm unsure of the quality of the conversion though.

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  Reply # 1138179 26-Sep-2014 12:44
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May I ask why you want to convert MP4 to MP3?  You will lose sound quality converting from one lossy format to another.




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  Reply # 1138320 26-Sep-2014 15:51
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rlevis: May I ask why you want to convert MP4 to MP3?  You will lose sound quality converting from one lossy format to another.


My wife has a new car into the dashboard of which we can insert an SD card to create an in-car juke box - will not play MP4s, only MP3. Aware of the quality issue.

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  Reply # 1138352 26-Sep-2014 16:15
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http://www.freemake.com/free_audio_converter/

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