Convert Videos to Audio Files On a Mac with iTunes

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If you’re a Mac user you can convert video files to audio with iTunes. No third party software required. Here’s how to convert music videos, video podcasts and more to audio files.

There are many 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 convert videos to audio without third-party software easily.

Convert Video to Audio with iTunes

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.


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.


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 the audio quality you’ve selected.


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 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!



  1. jimmy

    Good point, nice tips. Keep it up.

  2. Vince

    Great tip, thanks very much. This worked for me on the Windows version of iTunes by holding down the SHIFT key in place the OPTION key as noted in your steps above. However, it does not allow me to dictate the final destination for the newly created audio file – it defaults to the iTunes Media -> Home Movies folder.

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