Despite the AIFF format being a lossless audio file format, it occupies a large space. For users that are concerned about storage space, AIFF to MP3 is a common conversion on Mac, as MP3 is the most popular audio format that's compatible with lots of devices/apps. Here will briefly explore how to convert AIFF to MP3 on Mac, both paid and free workarounds included.
If you have a large set of AIFF files on your Mac and wish to convert them to MP3 in a bulk, we recommend you use Cisdem Video Converter. With super-fast converting speed, it works wonderfully to convert AIFF to MP3 on Mac and prevents quality loss in output files. Apart from conversion properties, the software can edit videos and download videos from YouTube, Myspace, Twitch, Vimeo, Reddit, and more.
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Run Cisdem AIFF to MP3 converter for Mac after installation, you will notice a simplistic wizard of the "Convert" interface.
Add AIFF audio by drag and drop. With the support of batch conversion, you can add several AIFF audios into the program for processing at a go.
Select the format of a single video: click the format button near each video.
Choose a unified format for all videos: click the box next to "Convert all tasks to".
Both will get into a format selection panel. Choose "MP3 Audio" as the output file type under the "General Audio" category.
To make full control of the quality and compression options of audio files, click icon next to the "MP3 Audio" option call up the "Advanced Settings" panel. Manually adjust the parameters like sample rate, channel, etc. and click "OK".
Select an output folder to store the newly converted MP3 audio files. Hit button located on the bottom right corner to start the conversion.
iTunes works as a decent Mac AIFF to MP3 converter that not only converts AIFF but AAC, WAV, and MP3 files. The steps are quite simple, after which the newly made MP3s will be saved in the iTunes library. Note that different versions of iTunes have a little difference in operation.
VLC is a free and open source media player that opens almost any file format, and it has a hide option that can convert video and audio files.
Audacity also allows you to convert AIFF files to MP3 format easily. The following is what you will need to do.
CloudConvert.com is an online AIFF to MP3 converter for Mac that helps you to turn more than 15 audio formats into MP3 with great ease. Besides a local Mac computer, you can also upload the AIFF file from Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or URL.
The AIFF is short for Audio Interchange File Format created by Apple in 1988. it ends in the .AIF or .AIFF file extension. AIFF itself is an uncompressed file and takes up large storage space because it is not compressed and it's 4 times bigger than MP3.
You can play AIFF & AIF files with iTunes, QuickTime, VLC, iPad, iPhone, and probably most other multi-format media players.
You might notice reduced sound quality when you go from an uncompressed format to a compressed format. that is when converting uncompressed AIFF to a compressed format like MP3, you’ll notice the sound quality might not be as good as the original, uncompressed format.
If you compress AIFF file to MP3 it will lose some data and you can't uncompress it to retrieve the data. If you convert AIFF to MP3 and then convert the output MP3 to AIFF you will notice the quality doesn't improve. The file only takes up more disk space.
This post has gone over how to convert AIFF to MP3 on Mac. Except for Cisdem Video Converter, the other 4 AIFF to MP3 converters for Mac like iTunes, VLC, etc. are completely free. If you would like to get the task done safely, efficiently, and without errors, a paid and professional program- Cisdem Video Converter is perfect solution for Mac users.
Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.