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2 All-Round Ways to Convert .aiff to .mp3

by Christine Smith • Jul 23,2019 • Proven solutions

The format AIFF is not a popular format among music lovers as many media players have issues recognizing it. For this reason, people are inclined to convert AIFF to MP3 or other widely-used music formats so that it can be played in iTunes or other devices. In this article, we're going to introduce 2 solutions for AIFF to MP3 conversion. You can choose to using the best AIFF to MP3 converter or the free iTunes converting solution.

Part 1. What is .AIFF

The AIFF refers to Audio Interchange File Format created by Apple mainly for its operating system. It has .aif and .aiff extensions featured in excellent audio quality and no signal loss. However, AIFF itself is an uncompressed file and takes up large space due to PCM coding. So the main reasons that people prefer MP3 to AIFF can be included as follows.

  • File Size: AIFF file requires large storage space because it is not compressed and it's 4 times bigger than MP3.
  • Licenses: AIFF is a bit more expensive than MP3.
  • Burn CD: When someone needs to burn a CD with music, the MP3 format allows you to save more songs on it than an AIFF format.
  • Compatibility: It is not compatible with some devices and media players because it cannot recognize it.

Part 2. How to Convert AIFF to MP3 in iTunes

iTunes is a helpful tool to convert all types of audio and video files very fast such as converting AIFF to MP3. It is a media player and multimedia content store developed by Apple to reproduce, organize and sync iPad, iPhone, iPod and it also can buy music. It is available for Mac and Windows in case you want to download it on your computer.

Here we will show you how to convert from AIFF to MP3 and to complete this task, you just need to follow the simple process. And for more information, please proceed to read the detailed tutorial below.

  1. Download and install iTunes on your computer.
  2. Select the format setting.
  3. Start AIFF to MP3 conversion.

Step 1. To start, you must download iTunes on your computer and agree to the license to complete the installation, launch it afterwards.

Step 2. Now drag and drop your desired .aiff file for converting to iTunes. After this, click on iTunes menu and select Edit > Preferences > General > Import Settings > Import Using and select MP3 Encoder as the screenshot shows. Then you will find Setting, click on it and select from the options Good Quality > OK.

add aiff files for conversion

Step 3. Right-click on your file and select Convert Selection to MP3 to start the AIFF to MP3 conversion.

convert aiff to mp3 in itunes

Step 4. When finished, you can right click the .aiff file again and choose Get Info to know the property of the file or select Show in Finder to open the folder that saves the converted AIFF files.

view converted mp3 file

Part 3. Best Method to Convert AIFF to MP3 on MAC/Win (Recommended)

Another recommended option is Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate), which allows you to convert more than 1000 input and output formats including AIFF and MP3. It can convert multiple .aiff files in batch without losing quality and at 30X faster converting speed. You can add the converted files to iTunes or transfer to iPhone/iPad/Android devices easily. Additional functions like compressing video file size for sending email or sharing to social media, making adjustments to videos via resolution, bitrate or frame rate.

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Steps to Convert AIFF to MP3 Without iTunes on Windows/Mac

Generally speaking, to complete AIFF to MP3 conversion, all you need is to download the software to your computer > add AIFF file > choose MP3 as output format > start converting AIFF to MP3. The detailed instructions are listed as follows, both Windows and Mac users can take for references.

Step 1 Add AIFF files need to convert to MP3.

After downloading, installing and launching the software on your computer, you'll go to the Convert section by default. Click on the Add Files button to search the AIFF files you want to convert. You can also directly drag and drop the files to the program interface.

add aiff files to convert to mp3

Step 2 Choose MP3 as output format for AIFF files.

Click the drop-down icon at the Convert all tasks to: option, and select Audio > MP3 and choose one of the resolution in the right. If you need to do some manual adjustment like change the frame rate, you can click on the + Create Custom button to open the setting window and make changes as your needs.

choose mp3 for aiff output

Step 3 Convert AIFF to MP3 Mac/Win

Click the Convert All button to start converting AIFF to MP3 on Mac without iTunes. After the conversion process, you can switch to the Converted tab to fetch AIFF files now in .mp3.

convert aiff to mp3 mac

Tips: You can also add the converted AIFF files to iTunes directly after conversion, just go to the UniConverter settings and check Preference > Convert > Automatically add files to iTunes Library after conversion option before converting.

In this new technology era, there're various tools to convert video/audio formats but not all of them are fast or guarantee the converting quality. Don't worry, Wondershare UniConverter provides fast video conversion speed and high-quality output with simple steps, converting old AIFF to universally-accepted MP3 format (compatible with any device and media players) will never be difficult again. Free download Wondershare UniConverter and follow the steps above to have a try.

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