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How to Convert a Song from AAC to MP3 on Mac/ Windows

MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3) and AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) are both lossy file formats for audio recording. While AAC is only supported by iOS devices, being less compatible especially in portable devices, MP3 is now the standard of digital audio compression for the transfer and playback of music on virtually all digital audio players.

Taking the compatibility into consideration, if you have a non-Apple music device, converting the audio tracks that are in AAC to MP3 format for playback would be your best choice. Among a plethora of audio converting programs out on the market, Video Converter for Mac will do you a favor to perform the digital music conversion from AAC to MP3, even a newbie can handle it without any hitch.

It is a remarkably simple yet feature-filled video converting application that allows, first and foremost, for batch video/ audio conversion between a ton of formats for use in everything from handsets to player software to HDTVs and more. It also give editing options to enhance your output file. Once the program is installed, all you need to do is add audio files to the program, choose what format and bitrate you want to encode the files to, and click Convert button.

This utility is designed available for both Mac OS X and Windows platform. For PC users who want to get the AAC into MP3 audio or other file type, try the equivalent version Video Converter for Windows.

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The following tutorial walks you through all necessary steps you'll need to take for converting audio files from AAC into MP3 files on Mac machine, which is almost the same on Window-based computer.

Step 1: Import AAC file

Open up the program and a clear-cut wizard on the main interface will first come into your sight.

Click on Add File button on the top menu bar to browse the AAC original file you want to convert and load it to the program. Alternatively, simply drag and drop the file into the middle processing pane.

Batch conversion and merging several small segment files into complete one are both supported.

Step 2: Select MP3 as Target Format from "Profile" menu

Forward to the lower bottom of the main window, press Profile drop-down arrow to call up the format list dialog where you can pick the MP3 you need as the resulting format. You can go with General Audio> MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 Audio (*.mp3).

If you know about audio parameters, then you could press Settings icon next to Profile menu to customize the quality of the result audio file. Encoder, Sample rate, Audio bitrate and Channels are all configurable. Generally, the default values perform well.

In addition, to make things easier, a variety of devices with pre-set configurations are also listed on the format selection dialog, including a series of Apple model, Android smartphones, game consoles and other media players. If you have a need of converting your movies or music for a particular phone, just choose one according to your handset model.

Step 3: Start Converting

Hit Destination field at the bottom of the interface to specify a folder for saving the converted files on your computer.

After all necessary settings, hit Convert button to start converting all AAC sound tracks on the process list over to MP3 file format in your Mac machine.

A process window will pop up with progress bars for you to monitor the process status. This converter will do the job quickly enough, though of course your system's resources will bear on the converting speed.

By the way, you can check Open output folder option to quick locate the converted audio. Now you could enjoy the MP3 song on your computer or place it on any handy gadgets as easy as you can image.

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