Sometimes you want to play AAC files on other non-Apple devices and you fail. After searching the Internet, you will know that you need to convert the file to MP3. But there are so many kinds of converters and what kind of converter should you choose? In this article, I will recommend some useful ways to you.
Features of AAC
AAC, as known as Advanced Audio Coding, is a proprietary audio coding standard and it is a format for lossy digital audio compression although it generally achieves better sound quality than MP3 at the same bit.
There are two kinds of AAC files, one is protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management) and the other isn't. DRM is used to protect the use of proprietary hardware and copyrighted works by encrypting the files. In this tutorial, I will show you how to convert unencrypted AAC files to MP3.
What You Need
Before the conversion, you need to prepare something as shown below:
a. Software: iTunes/Web Browser/VideoSolo Free Video Converter
b. Windows/Mac computer
c. Unencrypted AAC files
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3.1 Use iTunes
iTunes is a media player developed by Apple Inc. and it can be used to play, download and organize digital music and video. Also, it can convert AAC files to MP3.
Step 1. Run iTunes and make sure your iTunes is set to convert AAC files to MP3. Click "Preferences", and then click "General" and you will open the "General Preferences" window.
Step 2. In the "General Preferences" window, click "Import Settings" which is next to "When you insert a CD" to set the output format.
Step 3. In the "Import Settings" window, choose MP3 Encoder from the "Import Using" pull-down list and you can also set the quality of converted files by clicking the drop-down icon which is next to "Setting". Then click the "OK" button.
Step 4. After adding the AAC files you want to convert, you can right-click on the selected files and click "Create MP3 Version" from the menu and iTunes will automatically convert AAC to MP3.
3.2 Use Zamzar
If you don't want to download software, you can use Zamzar as long as you have a computer with Internet access. It is an online file converter and can also enable you to convert AAC to MP3.
Step 1. Open the Zamzar website.
Step 2. Choose the AAC file you want to convert by clicking the "Choose Files" button and you can also directly drag or drop the files.
Step 3. Specify the output format as MP3 by clicking the "Convert files to:" drop-down list.
Step 4. Enter your email address in the blank text box and you will receive the converted files.
Step 5. Click the "Convert" button and it will begin the conversion.
3.3 Use VideoSolo Free Video Converter
VideoSolo Free Video Converter is an excellent converter with fast conversion speed and stable converting process. With this, you can conveniently convert AAC file to MP3. If you are interested in it, you can download it.
Step 1. Run VideoSolo Free Video Converter and click "Add File(s)" button to import AAC files you want to convert.
Step 2. Click the pull-down list which is next to "Output format" and select "General Audio". Choose the output format of your files as MP3.
Step 3. Click the pencil icon near the file name and you can edit the name of the converted files.
In addition, you can click the "Open Folder" button to choose the destination where you want to store the converted files.
Step 4. Click the "Convert" button and it will automatically convert AAC to MP3.
When VideoSolo Free Video Converter converts AAC to MP3, you can see the conversion's degree of completion and elapsed time, as well as remaining time. Besides, you can choose to pause or stop the conversion by clicking the "Pause" or "Stop" button.
I believe these recommended three ways to convert AAC Files to MP3 will help you. But what's a pity is that they all can't convert encrypted AAC files to MP3. If you want to convert AAC files protected by DRM, I will introduce you another convenient converter - TuneFab Apple Music Converter and it will meet your demand. With the help of TuneFab Apple Music Converter, you can remove the DRM protection of the music files you download from iTunes and convert them to MP3 or other formats.