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Convert Videos to Audio Files On a Mac with iTunes

There’s a lot of programs out there that will convert videos to audio files, like my favorite —  HandBrake. But if you’re on a Mac you can use iTunes to easily convert videos to audio without third party software.

If you have video files already in your iTunes Library, you can convert them to AAC, MP3 or the import settings you’ve selected. In this example I’m converting a video podcast I want as an audio file so I can listen to it in the car.

Launch iTunes and click Advanced from the Menu Bar. You’ll see Create AAC Version is grayed out.

Advanced

The secret is to hold the Option key on the Mac keyboard. Then you’ll see Create AAC Version is now available. Click on it.
Create AAC

Now browse to the location of the video you want to convert to audio. Click Open.

select video to convert

Next select a destination to put the Audio file. Here I’ve created a folder specifically for videos that I convert to audio. Click Open.

Destination

Now wait while the video is converted to audio. The amount of time it takes will vary depending on the size of the video and audio quality you’ve selected.

Converting

This is handy if you want to listen to audio from a video while driving, on your iDevice while walking or just in a position when you can hear it, but not watch.

If you’re converting a video to audio to play on a device that doesn’t support AAC, change the Import Settings. From the iTunes Menu bar click iTunes >> Preferences >>  General >> Import Settings. Then change the file type you want it converted to. For best results just use MP3.

import settings

Here are two videos I converted to audio. One is in MP3 format and the other in m4v.

converted folder

If you just need to listen to the audio from a video this process is great. Really nice for listening to live concerts.

I haven’t found a way to do this with the Windows version of iTunes yet. Other than using third party software. If you know of a way, shoot me an email or leave a comment!

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One Response to Convert Videos to Audio Files On a Mac with iTunes

  1. jimmy March 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    Good point, nice tips. Keep it up.

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