4 Easy Ways to Convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10 Quickly

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Emily Zeng
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What would you do if you like the background music/sound while watching a video? Obviously, the easiest solution is to convert video to audio format. In most cases, the videos we watch online are usually in MP4 format since it provides excellent compatibility across devices, platforms and software. If you wish to extract the audio from an MP4 as a song or podcast, converting it to MP3 is the ideal choice. MP3 is the most widely used audio format that is compatible with nearly all devices and players.

In this article, we will show you 4 different methods to convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10/11 easily and quickly. If you have similar demands, follow us to find the most suitable solution for your needs.

Solution 1. Convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10 with a Professional Video Converter

When it comes to converting MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10, the easiest and most powerful method is to use a professional converter, which can help you perform various conversions easily in a few clicks and offer more flexibility. After testing various MP4 to MP3 converters for Windows 10, we've found the following two ideal programs. And the first one is more recommended for security.

Cisdem Video Converter (Highly Recommended)

Cisdem Video Converter is an all-in-one cross-platform software that allows you to easily convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 11/10/8/7. With Cisdem, you can easily convert MP4 to MP3 in batch while maintaining the optimal audio quality. Except for converting MP4 to MP3, it can also help you convert between all popular video and audio formats, including WMV, VOB, MKV, AVI, MPEG, WAV, FLAC, etc.

What is Cisdem Video Converter good for?

  • Convert MP4 to MP3, M4A, FLAC and other 600+ digital formats or optimized profiles
  • Offer 30X faster speed to convert video in any resolution, such as 1080p and 4K UHD videos
  • Convert files without quality loss
  • Batch convert unlimited files
  • Merge, cut, or compress added files at will
  • Provide rich customization features for converting between videos, like crop, rotate, visual effects, etc.
  • Easy to use with a simple interface
  • Can also rip encrypted DVDs/Blu-rays and download video/audio from plenty of websites
  • Work on both Windows and Mac OS

Free Download Windows 11/10/8/7  Free Download macOS 10.12 or later

Steps on how to convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10 with Cisdem

1. Download and Install Program

Go to its official website, choose to download the Windows version and install it. Open it, stay at the default tab for conversion. The other 5 tabs is for ripping and downloading respectively.

conversion interface

2. Import MP4 Files

Simply drag and drop all MP4 files that you want to convert to the program.

upload files

3. Choose Output Format

Click drop-down icon of the Convert all tasks to in the bottom left corner, click Audio and find MP3 in the list.

select mp3 as the output format

4. Modify Audio Parameters (Optional)

This tool will convert media files at the highest quality by default. If you want to control the output quality and file size yourself, click the geargear iconicon next to the target format to bring up a new window (Settings). Here you can adjust the audio codec, quality, sample rate and audio channel.

adjust mp3 parameters 

5. Batch Convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10

Click the box after Save to to select a destination folder for the output files, then click on the Start icon in the bottom right corner to initiate the conversion process.

Tip: convert online MP4 videos to MP3 via Cisdem Video Converter

Cisdem Video Converter can also be used as a downloader, which supports downloading online videos and music from 1000+ streaming websites, such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Dailymotion, etc. Hence, if you want to download online MP4 videos to MP3, you just need to copy their URLs and switch to the Cisdem interface for downloading (the third tab), then paste the URL into the bottom field and download them easily. After downloading, you can drag the downloaded videos to the conversion interface and follow the steps mentioned above to convert them to MP3.

 

Format Factory (Free)

Format Factory is an excellent Windows-only converter that can help you convert video, audio, picture and document files. Besides basic conversions, it also offers additional features for you to customize the output MP3 file, such as trim, join, split and mix audios. However, although it's a freeware, it contains ads and supports fewer digital formats than paid products. Apart from being a converter, Format Factory can also be used as a video player, screen recorder and video downloader. Therefore, its interface may be a little bit complicated for novices to grab it right away. Don't worry, its specific steps are listed below.

  1. Download and install Format Factory on your Windows computer. During installation, click Decline if you don't want to install bundled software.
  2. Launch it, move your mouse to the left panel of the interface, click Audio section and select ->MP3 option. Unlike common video and audio converters, this free MP4 to MP3 converter for Windows requires you to select the output format in advance.
  3. In the new window, click on the Add files button to upload the MP4 files that you want to convert.
    upload mp4 videos
  4. (Optional) Advanced users can click "Output Setting" on the upper right to customize the audio quality.
    make other settings
  5. Click OK in the bottom right to go back to the main interface. Then click on the Start icon on the top menu bar to start converting MP4 to MP3 for free. It supports multi-threaded conversion of up to 4 files.

 

Solution 2. Convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10 with Media Players

Except for dedicated MP4 to MP3 converters, there are some powerful media players that can help you convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10 effortlessly, including VLC Media Player and iTunes.

VLC media player

VLC is a popular free media player that supports converting between some popular video and audio formats like MP4, MP3, OGG and WebM. Note that although the Windows version of VLC lets you add multiple files in batch, it can only convert files one by one, and doesn't allow you to specify a desired output destination. So it's betther to convert one file at a time when using this tool. Follow the steps below to convert MP4 to MP3 with VLC media player:

  1. Download and install the right version of VLC on your PC.
  2. Click Media > Convert/Save on the top menu bar to access the conversion feature.
  3. On the new window, stay at the "File" section, click +Add button to add your MP4 video. Once added, click "Convert /Save" on the bottom.
    upload videos
  4. In the Convert window, click the drop-down icon of Profile to select "Audio - MP3" as the output format.
    choose output format
  5. Go to the Destination section, click Browse button to set an appropriate output file name and save location.
  6. Once done, click Start to begin to convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10 for free.

 

iTunes

If you are a Windows user who still uses iTunes to sync and play your music & video library, you can also use it to easily convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10 and later. Here is how it works:

  1. Get iTunes for Windows from the Microsoft Store if you don't already have it installed. The latest version is v.12.13.
  2. Open iTunes and click Edit > Preferences. In the pop up window, click the Import Settings button under the General tab.convert MP4 to MP3 with iTunes on PC step 1

    Tip: You can switch to the "Advanced" tab in the window to change the media folder location for your converted files.

  3. In the new window, click the "Import Using" drop-down menu and select MP3 Encoder, and then choose an audio quality option. Click OK to save your settings.convert mp4 to mp3 in iTunes Windows step 2
  4. Change the file extension of your MP4 video from ".mp4" to ".m4a" by right-clicking the file and selecting "Rename". This way iTunes will recognize it as an audio file upon import.convert mp4 to mp3 in iTunes on Windows step 3
  5. Import the M4A file into the iTunes Music library by drag and drop, and select it. Then click File on the menu bar and choose Convert > Create MP3 Version.iTunes convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows
  6. Then an MP3 version of the MP4 video will be added to the music library, you can right-click on it and select "Show in Windows Explorer" to quickly find it.

enlightenedCan Windows Media Player convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10?

The answer is no. Although there are many posts telling you how to convert MP4 to MP3 with Window Media Player, you will find out that it doesn't work at all after trying - the "Save as" option has been grayed out since WMP 11. Therefore, a third-party converter tool is still essential to change MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10.

 

Solution 3. Convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10 with a Recorder

Using a powerful recorder to change MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10 is also a viable choice. After testing various recorders, Leawo Music Recorder is one of the best audio recorders worth a try. It is able to record audio from built-in computer audio and from various online websites such as YouTube. It is pretty easy to use and allows you to record audio as MP3, M4A and WAV format.

However, compared to specialized converters, it offers limited output formats with no decorative features. And it can be time-consuming if the original file is long.

  1. Download Leawo Music Recorder on your PC and install it.
  2. Open it, hover your mouse to the bottom left corner of the interface, click on the icon that looks like a microphone to make detailed preferences.
  3. In the "Audio Source Preferences" window, tick out Record Computer Audio in the "Audio Source" tab and choose mp3 audio (*.mp3) as the output format in the "Format" tab. Click "OK" when done.
  4. Go back to the main interface, click the red Start icon on the top left corner.
  5. Open any MP4 file on your computer. Leawo Music Recorder will start to record the sound automatically when it detects the playing sound.
  6. When the playback is over, click the Stop icon and the new MP3 file will be saved in the "All Recordings" section by default.

Note: it won't read the file tag information automatically. You can right-click on the recorded MP3 audio and choose "Edit Music Tags" option to add metadata manually.

fill in details

 

Solution 4. Convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10 Without Any Software

I guess there are a number of people who don't want to install another program to add on the capacity of their computer. Thus, we have also prepared an online audio convert and an online video editor for you to choose from. Both of them allow you to convert MP4 to MP3 on any web browser for free without installing any software. But most online tools have restrictions on file size and speed, not suitable for converting large MP4 files.

Convertio.co

Convertio.co is an excellent web-based video converter that supports 300+ formats on all platforms. It allows you you to batch convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10 quickly and easily. Plus, it offers some basic editing features for you to modify the output file, such as cutting off file length, controlling file volume, and changing VBR, bitrate, channels, etc.

However, the free version only allows you to batch convert 2 files at most and limits the maximum file size at 100MB.

  1. Visit Convertio.co on your PC with any browser.
  2. Tap on choose files button on the page to select and upload the MP4 files for conversion.
  3. Click the drop-down icon of to box to set an output format. If you have added multiple videos, you can click "Convert all to" button below the files to find MP3 in the "Audio" tab to select the format for all files.
  4. Once done, an icon that looks like the gear will appear. You can click it to make extra settings according to your need.
  5. Then, tap on the red Convert button to analyze and convert the MP4 files.
    convertio.co
  6. When the conversion process is done, click Download button to save them on your device.

Kapwing.com

Kapwing is an online video editor that allows you to extract audio from video while preserving a good audio quality. This MP4 to MP3 converter not only lets you convert local files but also convert online MP4 to MP3 with a video URL. However, note that the maximum upload size is 250MB for free users, and it requires a login to save the MP3 file.

  1. Visit kapwing.com and create a new project by clicking Create new.
  2. In the new tab, click to upload an MP4 file or drag and drop a file to the zone.
  3. When the video is uploaded, click Export Project in the upper right of the window and choose "MP3" as the target format.convert MP4 to MP3 online with a video editor
  4. Then click the Export as MP3 button to start the conversion process.
  5. Click Download button to save the MP3 file to your device.

 

More Questions about Transcode MP4 to MP3

1. How to keep the original audio quality after conversion?

Always select the highest quality settings. Most converters mentioned above allow you to adjust the MP3 bitrate up to 320 Kbps to minimize quality loss, but this also results in a larger file size. It's best to use a professional converter software like Cisdem which ensures optimal audio quality during conversion without the need to tweak the settings yourself.

2. Why not use HandBrake convert MP4 to MP3 on Windows 10?

HandBrake is known as an open source cross-platform transcoder. However, whether converting digital files or ripping DVDs, it only offers MP4, MKV and WebM as output formats. In other words, it only supports video conversion. Therefore, HandBrake is not suitable for this case.

 

Conclusion

Converting MP4 to MP3 lets you enjoy audio content separately for personal listening, reduce file size and ensure compatibility with portable devices. Comparing these 4 distinct methods, a professional MP4 to MP3 converter for Windows 10 proves to be the best option, offering fast, safe and high-quality conversion without any limitations.

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Emily is a girl who loves to review various multimedia software. She enjoys exploring cutting edge technology and writing how-to guides. Hopefully her articles will help you solve your audio, video, DVD and Blu-ray issues.

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  • okayor

    Actually, I've tried some converters for batch conversion, but they don't support as they claim. Because I have several long MP4 videos to convert and I don't like to wait too long. Until I read your post and tried the tools you mentioned, the first one did exactly what I want. Thanks for your post.

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