3 Ways to Convert MOV to MP3 on Mac 2023 (Free Included)

Cheryl Bennett
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You have a MOV file or just created a MOV video using QuickTime, but want to convert the MOV video to audio format in MP3, and how?

It is a pity that QuickTime itself doesn’t support converting MOV to MP3 on Mac, but there are professional multimedia tools designed to perform such a conversion in batch and without losing quality, also we can use online or offline free solutions to convert your MOV files to MP3 format.


The Best Software to Convert MOV to MP3 on Mac

It is much likely that in the end we will prefer a professional MOV to MP3 converter for Mac to do the conversions, since it has no limits and maintain high quality, the exported MP3 files will be good and sound.

Criteria to Pick the Best MOV to MP3 Converter for Mac

There are so many MOV to MP3 converters out there, how to pick the best one suiting your needs? Our pick is based on following criteria:

  • Do high quality conversion

To avoid that the exported MP3 audios become noisy or soundless, we need a tool guaranteeing good quality conversions.

  • Support batch conversion

We need to process multiple files at the same time, the batch conversion features will greatly save our time and efforts on the conversions.

  • Support All Popular Input and Output formats

In the case that we want to convert MOV to WAV, OGG or other audio formats, even video formats, or convert MP4 and other videos to MP3 formats, we’d better find a tool supporting more input and output formats, and it is highly possible that you need to convert other media files in your daily life or work.

  • Convert fast

The input MOV files may be large in size, if you need to process multiple large videos at one time, the converter should be fast and powerful to process the multi tasks.

And basing on these criteria, iFunia Video Converter is picked as the best MOV to MP3 Converter for Mac. It is a multifunctional video tool to convert, edit, download, rip and merge videos with ease.

How to Batch Convert MOV to MP3 on Mac with iFunia?

  1. Download and install iFunia MOV to MP3 Converter on your Mac.
    Free Download macOS 10.11 or later
  2. Drag and drop MOV files to the program.add mov ifunia
  3. Go to “Convert all tasks to” at the left bottom of the main interface, choose MP3 as output, also you can select the output folder.choose mp3 ifunia
  4. You can click on the Settings icon to adjust the MP3 output preferences.settings
  5. Then click on Convert button to save all MOV files as MP3 format on Mac.

Convert MOV file to MP3 on Mac with Free App

Is there any solution to convert MOV to MP3 for free and without installing any 3rd party software? Yes, there is. Though we are recommended online to use iTunes to convert MOV to MP3 on mac, iTunes doesn’t convert to MP3 at all. Even I have configured the settings (go to iTunes > Preferences > General tab > Import Settings > MP3 Encoder), the “Create MP3 Version” is still disabled.

convert with itunes

Anyway, we can utilize iMovie to convert MOV to MP3, but we should pay attention to following limitations:

  • It takes time, launching the program itself just takes time, and the conversion process slowly.
  • It doesn’t support batch convert.

How to Convert MOV to MP3 on Mac for Free?

  1. Run iMovie program.
  2. Drag and drop the MOV file to its Timeline.convert with imovie 01
  3. Then go to File>Share>File.convert with imovie 02
  4. Choose format as Audio Only and set output format as MP3, click Next to select the output folder.convert with imovie 03
  5. Wait for the conversion to finish, then check the MP3 file in output folder.

Convert MOV to MP3 Online Free without Software

Also, you can utilize online free MOV to MP3 converters to save your videos in MP3 formats. There are so many options, but here according to the conversion performance, we pick following 3 online free tools.


It is the most famous online free platform to convert various kinds of files, including videos, audios, documents, archives, photos, etc. It supports converting files in batches, but it takes longer time than other tools to process the conversions and the max file size is 50MB. It is safe to use and the conversion quality is not bad.

  1. Go to https://www.zamzar.com/convert/mov-to-mp3/.
  2. Upload MOV files by clicking Add Files or by drag & drop.
  3. The conversion will start automatically, after the conversions, you can download the MP3 files to your Mac.zamzar


It supports convert MOV files to MP3 in batch too, even it allows customizing your MP3 output files, like change audio codec, bitrate or volume, also you can trim your MP3 files. Though there is no file size limit, the conversion process is still slow.

  1. Go to https://cloudconvert.com/mov-to-mp3.
  2. Upload MOV files to it.
  3. Click on the Settings icon to tweak the MP3 settings.
  4. Click Convert to upload and convert MOV files.
  5. Then download the MP3 files to your Mac.cloudconvert


The last one we want to recommend converting MOV to MP3 online free on Mac, is FreeConvert. Some users may dislike the ads on its website, but it is worth a try to convert your MOV files. It support batch conversion and MP3 preferences adjustments (change bitrate, volume, cut, reverse) too. There is a file size limit of 1GB.

  1. Go to https://www.freeconvert.com/mov-to-mp3 website.
  2. Upload MOV files online.
  3. Click on the Settings icon to customize your MP3 files.
  4. Click Convert to start the conversion, then download the MP3 files to your Mac.freeconvert


Though there are so many online free MOV to MP3 converters, they are still not as popular as offline media tools, since online free conversions bring potential risks of information leakages, also, there are so many limitations, for example, the max file size limit, the conversion speed and conversion quality… If these are your top concerns, try a professional one then.


Here we list 3 methods to convert MOV to MP3 on Mac, using iFunia to get high quality MP3 outputs, or using iMovie to convert without installing extra software, or using online free MOV to MP3 converters, which one you will pick to do the conversions? Pay or use free tools?

Cheryl Bennett
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Cheryl has been writing tutorials, reviews, and how-to articles on consumer apps since 2016. She specializes in multimedia products and is always testing on Mac, PC, and various devices.

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