How to Convert MP3 to AAC on Windows and Mac

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Both MP3 and AAC are standard lossy compression formats for audio files. MP3, aka MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, is a coding format for digital audio. Audio files that are contained in MP3 formats have the extension of .mp3. AAC, short for Advanced Audio Coding, is a popular-used audio coding standard for audio compression. Besides .aac files, audio files that have the extension of .m4a, .m4v, .m4r, .3gp, etc. can be encoded in AAC as well.

Being regarded as the next in line to MP3, AAC comes with better audio quality than MP3 does under the same bit rate. That's no wonder Apple is one of the most frequent users of AAC, and use it as the default audio format for both iPhone and iPod. For users who want to have better audio quality, you can use AAC audio to appease your ears. Here, we listed up two useful methods for you to convert MP3 to AAC on Windows and Mac. Now, let's have a look at them one by one.

Convert MP3 to AAC

#1. How to Convert MP3 to AAC with VideoProc

OS: Windows (10, 8, 7), Mac (10.6 or later)

VideoProc is one-stop user-friendly software that specializes in processing all types of video and audio files within easy steps. You can import different audio formats in it and choose your desired format, and VideoProc will convert them in a flash. It nicely supports over 370 kinds of imput formats, exports to more than 420 formats, and can batch process different formats at a time.

VideoProc audio converter has the capability of converting between audio formats like MP3, AMR, WAV, OGG, FLAC, iPhone Ringtone, etc. with crystal clear Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround sound. More than that, it can extract audio from video, and fast copy the audio bit by bit from the source to AAC, AC3, MP3, DTS, DTS-HD. In a word, it guarantees lossless sound quality to the best extent possible with fast conversion speed, allowing you to convert MP3 to AAC easily and efficiently.

Get VideoProc free on your Windows or Mac now, and start to convert MP3 to AAC within 4 simple steps:

Step 1. Open VideoProc on your computer.

Choose the Video option to enter the video and audio processing panel.

Video Processing Tool VideoProc
Choose the Video option in VideoProc launching interface

Step 2. Import MP3 file(s) into it.

You can either click on +Music and choose MP3 file(s) from the pop-up window. Or, you can easily drag and drop all MP3 files into the central panel.

Add MP3 Files to VideoProc
Click on +Music to import MP3 file(s)

A Warm Note:

If you have bunches of MP3 files waited to be converted to AAC, you can pack them in one file folder, and import the whole folder into VideoProc.

Step 3. Choose AAC as the output format.

Go to the Music box in the bottom toolbar, and choose the AAC format under it.

Choose AAC as the Output Format
Under Music box, choose AAC format

A Warm Note:

If you want a merged AAC audio file, remember to check on the Merge box before the export.

Step 4. Start to convert MP3 to AAC.

Click on RUN in the bottom right area of the interface and start to convert MP3 to AAC. After all AAC audio files are converted, they will be shown on a pop-up window where you can easily access to.

Convert MP3 to AAC
Click on RUN to convert MP3 to AAC

#2. How to Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes

OS: Windows, Mac (macOS 10.14 Mojave and lower)

iTunes is a multimedia player and content manager developed by Apple Inc. It supports MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, and Apple Lossless formats. You can use iTunes to download, play, and purchase media files on your personal computers running both Windows and Mac operating systems. Apart from playing or organizing your media files, iTunes can do more than you ever think, like to rip songs from CDs, and convert between different audio formats, eg. from MP3 to AAC.

Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes on Windows

In order to make you have a better understanding on how to convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes, in the following, we simplify the whole process into two steps and offer you detailed instructions to them:

Step 1. To set AAC as the output encoder: Open iTunes on your Windows. Choose Edit > Preferences. In the pop-up General Preferences window, choose General tab > click the Import Settings button. In Import Settings box, choose AAC Encoder under Import Using > OK.

Choose AAC Encoder in iTunes
Choose AAC Encoder in iTunes Import Settings

Step 2. To convert MP3 to AAC: Select one or more MP3 files in your iTunes library, then choose File > Convert > Create AAC Version.

Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes
Create AAC Version in iTunes

After you've finished MP3 to AAC, where to find AAC files? Well, you can follow instructions below: open iTunes on Windows > click Edit in the top browser > move to Preferences > choose the Advanced tab under the Preferences box, where you can see your iTunes media folder location by default. Follow the directory path to open your AAC files.

Convert MP3 to AAC in iTunes on Mac

As announced by Apple on June 3, 2019, iTunes would no longer be available on future Mac computers. Instead, Apple has splitted iTunes functionality into several dedicated apps to manage your music, video, podcasts, and audiobooks. Starting with macOS Catalina, you can access your music library in the Apple Music app. Also, you can access your iTunes Store purchases in it. Here's how to convert MP3 to AAC using the Apple Music app:

Step 1. Open Apple Music on your Mac. Choose Music > Preferences. Click Files > Import Settings. In the Import Using menu, choose AAC Encoder > click OK.

Step 2. Select one or more MP3 files in your Apple Music library, then choose File > Convert > Create AAC Version.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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