How to convert AAC to MP3: Have you tried to copy some songs in AAC format on your MP3 player but apparently the device cannot play them? Don’t worry, you don’t have to give up your favorite songs. Convert all “offending” files to MP3 and you’re done.
How do you say? Are you not very familiar with IT and new technologies and you don’t know how to convert AAC to MP3 ? Well, but I’m here for this reason: to recommend the best tools suitable for the purpose and help you find out how they work. There are for Windows, macOS and Linux, as well as for Android and iOS.
I assure you that it is a real no-brainer, so let’s ban the talk and see immediately how to transform the AAC files that your portable player cannot “digest” into common MP3s, preserving their audio quality. Are you ready? Yup? Great! Ban the talk and let’s proceed.
How to convert AAC to MP3 on PC and Mac
Let’s start by discovering how to convert AAC to MP3 from a computer , using special programs for Windows , macOS and Linux . You will find them indicated below, together with the relative instructions for use. It’s a no-brainer, don’t worry!
Fre: ac (Windows / macOS / Linux)
The first of the useful programs to convert AAC to MP3 that I want to invite you to consider is Fre: ac . It is a free and open source software, available for Windows, macOS and Linux, which allows you to convert all the main audio file formats together by acting on several tracks simultaneously, in series.
To download it to your computer, connected to its Internet site and click on the Downloads link located in the sidebar on the left, then select the link Self extracting installer: freac-xxxx.exe (if you are using Windows) or the Binary .dmg image : freac-xx-alpha-xxxxxxxxx-macosx.dmg (if you are using macOS).
When the download is complete, if you are using Windows , start the .exe file obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click on the Yes and Next buttons . Then, click the Yes and Next buttons again (four times in a row) and complete the setup by pressing the Finish button . Then proceed to start the program by double-clicking on the relevant link that has been added to the desktop.
If you are using macOS , instead, open the package .dmg obtained and drag the Fre: ac icon to the Applications folder of the Mac. Then, right-click on it and select the Open item from the menu that appears, so as to go around the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first start).
Now that, regardless of the operating system used, display the software window on the screen, click on the button with the sheet and the symbol [+] located on the toolbar (top) and select the AAC songs to convert. Alternatively, you can drag them directly into the software window.
At this point, press the Browse button located at the bottom right to choose the folder in which to export the converted files and start the process of transforming the actual songs by pressing on the arrow next to the green play button and selecting the Lame item MP3 encoder from the menu that opens.
If you deem it appropriate, before starting the conversion procedure you can also adjust the encoding parameters to be used. To do this, just click on the button with the wrench icon , select Lame MP3 Encoder from the drop-down menu in the window that opens, press the Configure button and adjust the available options.
MediaHuman Audio Converter (Windows / macOS)
As an alternative to the software I have already told you about, I suggest you try MediaHuman Audio Converter , a free and extremely easy-to-use application that allows you to convert all the main audio file formats between them while preserving the quality of the original songs. It is for Windows and macOS.
To download MediaHuman Audio Converter on your computer, connected to its Internet site and click on the button with the logo of the operating system installed on the PC located at the bottom left.
When the download is complete, on Windows , open the .exe file obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click on the Yes button . Then select the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and complete the setup by clicking on the Next (four times in a row), Install and Finish buttons .
If you are using macOS , open the obtained .dmg package and drag the program icon to the Applications folder of the Mac, then right click on it and select the Open item from the menu that is shown to you. By doing this, you will start the application by circumventing the limitations imposed by Apple on programs from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).
Now, click on the [+] button located in the upper left part of the software window that has appeared on the screen in the meantime and select the ACC files on your computer you wish to convert. Alternatively, drag the reference files directly into the MediaHuman Audio Converter window.
Then expand the drop-down menu for choosing the output format at the top. In the window that opens, select the MP3 option from the menu located on the left, indicate the quality level you prefer from the menu on the right (if you are not sure where to put your hands, you can leave the default configuration set) and click on the Close button to save the settings.
To finish, click on the icon with the two arrows located at the top right and the conversion of the selected songs will begin. By default, the output files are saved to the Music folder on your computer.
If you want to use a different output folder, before starting the conversion click on the button with the wrench located at the top and select it by pressing the button […] that you find in the Output folder section in the Output tab of the window that has opened.
Switch Audio File Converter (Windows / macOS)
Switch Audio File Converter is another nice free software (for non-commercial use) available for both Windows and macOS, capable of flawlessly accomplishing the intended purpose: converting audio files. It also allows you to adjust advanced conversion settings and has a rather nice interface.
To download it to your computer, go to the program website and click on the Download Now button (if you are using Windows) or on the Mac Download button (if you are using macOS).
When the download is complete, if you are using Windows , open the .exe file obtained and, in the window that you see appear on the desktop, click on the Yes button and on the Download and install in Italian link , to download the translation of the program in Italian. Next, hit the Next button .
If, on the other hand, you are using macOS , open the ZIP archive obtained, then the .dmg package contained inside it and press the Agree button in the window you see appearing on the desk. Then, drag the program icon into the Applications folder of the Mac, right click on it and select the Open item from the menu that appears, in order to start the software, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple towards non-certified developers (operation that must be carried out only at the first start).
Now that, regardless of the operating system, you see the software window on the screen, press the Add file / Add files button located at the top left and select the ACC audio files to convert. Alternatively, drag the files directly to the Switch Audio File Converter screen.
Therefore, choose the .mp3 option from the Format / Output Format drop-down menu located at the bottom left and adjust, if you deem it necessary, the settings relating to the quality of the audio through the window that appears, by pressing the Settings button of the output encoder / Encoder Options .
Finally, press the Browse / Browse button to choose the folder in which to save the files once converted and start the transformation procedure by clicking on the Convert / Convert button located at the bottom right.
How to convert AAC to MP3 online
You don’t want or can’t install new programs on your computer? So why not convert your AAC files to MP3 directly online , acting from the browser window? To do this, take advantage of one of the services used for the purpose that I have provided you with below. They are easy to use and work with any browser.
The first of the useful tools to convert AAC to MP3 from the browser window that I want to invite you to consider is Media.io , an excellent Web service that, in fact, allows you to transform audio files from one format to another for free.
To find out how it works, connected to its home page , click on the [+] button and select them from your PC. Alternatively, drag the files directly into the browser window.
Now, click on the drop-down menu next to the name of each file, under the item to , select the Audio tab in the box that opens and choose the MP3 option . To define the output format for all songs loaded simultaneously, instead, choose MP3 from the menu next to Convert all files to .
To conclude, click on the Convert button located at the bottom and wait for the conversion procedure to be started and completed. Afterwards, you can proceed with the download of the MP3 songs by clicking on the Download all button .
Another web service that you can consider using is Zamzar . It is, in fact, a converter that can be used via the Web that allows you to work on various types of files, including those covered by this guide. It’s intuitive enough and the uploaded files are removed from the company’s servers in 24 hours. Basically it’s free, but by subscribing to a paid plan (with costs starting from $ 9 / month) you can increase storage space, remove advertising etc.
To use it, connected to its home page , click on the Add file button and select the ACC files to convert on your computer. Alternatively, drag them directly into the browser window. Next, choose mp3 from the Choose Format drop-down menu located in the center and start the conversion procedure by clicking on the Convert Now button .
Once the procedure is complete, you can proceed with the download of your converted files by clicking on the Download button on the new web page displayed.
If you wish, you can also choose to receive the transformed files via email. To do this, before starting the conversion, check the box next to Email when done and type your email address in the dedicated field.
How to convert AAC to MP3 on Android
Converting ACC to MP3 is also feasible on Android , just use the right apps, as in the case of Audio Converter . It is a totally free application (however it contains advertisements) which, as the name implies, allows you to convert audio files to and from those that are all the most popular formats.
To download the app on your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store , press the Install button and, if necessary, authorize the download by pressing the Accept button . At this point, start the application by tapping the Open button that appeared on the screen or by selecting the relative icon that has been added to the drawer.
Now that you see the main screen of Audio Converter, press the button with the musical note in the center and select the ACC file you want to work on. Next, press on the Format menu and select MP3 , then adjust the audio quality settings using the other available menus ( Bitrate , Sample rate etc.) and tap on the button with the check mark located at the top right.
To conclude, type the title you want to assign to the final file in the field below the Save As item , press the word Save , close the advert displayed and wait for the conversion to be started and completed. Afterwards, you can access the converted file by going to the main screen of the app and pressing the Out Folder button .
How to convert AAC to MP3 on iOS
Are you using an iPhone or iPad and would you like to understand how to convert ACC to MP3 in that case? Then I advise you to rely on the use of The Audio Converter , an application for iOS that, in fact, allows you to perform the operation in question, as well as to convert various other types of audio files. It’s free, but to work on files weighing more than 5 MB, you must unlock its Premium version, through in-app purchases (at a cost of € 5.49 one-off).
To download the app on your Apple device, access the relevant section on the App Store , tap the Get / Install button and authorize the download using Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password . Then, press the Open button that appeared on the screen or select the relative icon that has just been added to the home screen.
Then proceed to indicate the location where the ACC file you want to convert is located (from another app, from URL, from the iTunes library, from the computer or from the File app), by pressing on the corresponding button, and select the file.
In conclusion, select the MP3 Audio (.mp3) option from the drop-down menu A , press the Convert button located at the bottom and wait for the procedure to be started and completed, then choose the location where to save the final file on the button Open in or tap the Share button to, in fact, share it via WhatsApp, Messenger or other applications.