Use iTunes To Convert iPhone Voice Memos From M4a to MP3 [VIDEO]

I’ve received a lot of questions from my previous blog post on converting and editing an iPhone voice memo.

How do I get the mp3 option to show up?

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Yes, it’s true. You can convert the .m4a files to .mp3.


Go to your preferences in iTunes to change your import options.
itunes m4a conversion to mp3 for iphone
General Tab and “Import Settings”
itunes m4a conversion to mp3 for iphone

Change encoder choice to MP3
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Then right click the file to convert it and you now have an mp3 version of your iPhone voice memo which you can edit in Audacity!
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About Adria Richards

Adria Richards is a developer and entrepreneur focused on digital equality. She has been involved in more than 35 hackathon events in the Bay Area and abroad. Embracing her inner nerd, Adria moved moved to San Francisco in 2010 to pursue her passion for technology. Previously she has worked in technical and training roles for enterprise, nonprofits and startups; from Apple to Zendesk. Adria has been teaching technology and developing curriculum since 2007.Adria is a popular speaker at major tech conferences including SXSW, O’Reilly Web 2.0, Launch, The Lean Startup Conference and TEDx. She speaks at startups and coding boot camps about culture, communication and diversity. Adria has attended TED, LeWeb and MLOVE.In her free time, Adria enjoys snowboarding, yoga and bacon; not necessarily at that order. Her Twitter account is followed by President @BarackObama. She blogs at and is a YouTube Content Creator.

54 thoughts on “Use iTunes To Convert iPhone Voice Memos From M4a to MP3 [VIDEO]

  1. Jeff

    this worked for me – option was not shown on the right-click menu until i closed itunes and started it back up

  2. alyson

    You are so awesome. Thank you so much. So often these things are so simple and watching my husband click away through the computer to solve my simple problems is so demeaning. I am woman hear me roar!

  3. jewels

    Awesome!! Thanks for the information. FYI, once converted to MP3, the MP3 version shows up on your computer hard drive. For me it was Music>iTunes>iTunes Media>Voice Memos.

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