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Macintosh MP3 Converters

Key:  Encoding (convert to MP3) |  Decoding (convert MP3 to WAV) | Ripping (convert CD audio to MP3 or WAV)
Burning (convert MP3 or WAV to CD)




Toast 5.0 Titanium - From Roxio (Adaptec), makers of Easy CD Creator 5 for the PC.  Total digital audio solution with data burning capabilities, editing, CD label creator and a lot more. Includes MVP software for ripping, encoding, and decoding.

Ripping, Encoding, Decoding, Burning


Amadeus II - Audio editor and converter with MP3 support through LAME encoder.



Audion - Player/converter with one-step encoding with LAME or Fraunhofer encoder. Great visual plugins, MP3 editor and a lot more features. Free fifteen day demo



BarbaBatch - Converts to over 40 file formats including MP3, Quicktime 4, QDesign, and Real Audio G2.

Ripping, Encoding, Decoding


iTunes - New all-in one software from Apple lets you do just about anything with your MP3s. Includes Internet radio and lots of other great features.

Ripping, Encoding, Decoding, Burning


LAME - Source code for the encoder, need to use a C compiler and primarily an educational tool for encoding but licenses available.  Open source project.



About Mac MP3 Converters

The Current State of Affairs

With the birth of iTunes in 2001, Apple has become the dominant company in the Mac mp3 converter space. As of April 2011, iTunes can encode (also known as converting or importing) audio files in AAC, AIFF, Apple lossless, MP3, and WAV formats. The versatility of this program make getting another unnecessary in most instances. However, the big drawback with iTunes is converting audio files you have purchased through the iTunes store to another format like MP3. There are programs on the market that can do that.

Roxio continues its Toast software, now in version 11, that has become a robust multi-media manager that also converts video. For plain audio conversion, the program is overkill but if you want a comprehensive solution that does a lot, it is worth considering.

Several smaller developers continue making converters and audio editing products. Amadeus, Audion, and BarbaBatch have updated their products and provide solid converting ability. Other Mac converters we have listed in the past no longer exist.

Free MP3 Converters

Free is a hard sell as a business model but some still put out decent programs that don't cost anything. Switch is a more recent program that has a free version that performs many conversions. As noted above, iTunes does quite a bit and is a great place to start in evaluating potential programs.

Although the market for mp3 converters on the Mac computer platforms is small, good options still exist. Any Mac owner should be able to perform 95% of any converting needs that come up with the software listed here.