If you own any of Apple's devices, you must be familiar with the M4R file, a file with the M4R file extension which is an iTunes Ringtone file essentially a renamed AAC (M4A). M4R files can be imported to an Apple device in order to use custom ringtone sounds. It is an audio format which is similar to MP3 but compresses the digital audio files further. Just like M4V file, M4R is part of the MPEG-4 standard and it is specifically designed for Apple devices. That means it is impossible for us to enjoy these music on computer or other devices without converting M4R to other formats supported by such devices. In short, your computer or music player might not support the M4R audio files, but if you convert them to MP3 which is widely supported by almost all the devices, this problem is solved. So Today in this post I will give you some solutions to help you convert M4R to MP3.

Solution 1: Convert M4R to MP3 with best M4R to MP3 converter- Leawo Video Converter

The first and also the best method I want to recommend to you is to use Leawo Video Converter to convert M4R file to MP3. Certainly, it is available on converting MP3 to M4R for making iPhone Ringtone. Leawo Video Converter is a professional audio to audio converter program and it is also one of the most popular converters around the world which supports more than 180 different formats including MP3, AAC, FLV, MKV, M4R, FLAC etc. Besides audio to audio conversion, Leawo Video Converter is excellent in other conversions as well. For example, Leawo Video Converter not only supports the video to video conversion, but 2D to 3D or any other types of media conversion. What's more, powerful edition capabilities and friendly operation interface also make Leawo Video Converter very popular. You can download and install Leawo Video Converter and then follow the steps on how to convert M4R to MP3 below.


Step 1: Import source M4R audio files

Open Leawo Video Converter to enter the main program interface, and load your source M4R file which you want to convert by clicking the "Add Video" button.


Step 2: Set MP3 as the output format

Click the "Add Photo" button and then you will call out a drop-down menu in which you can select the output format. You can easily find the "MP3" formats in the "Common Audio" submenu. Click it and set MP3 as the output format.


Step 3: Convert M4R to MP3

Click the green "Convert" button and then, on the popup sidebar, set output file. After that Leawo Video Converter will start to convert M4R to MP3 as long as you click the "Convert" button again.


Solution 2: Convert M4R to MP3 with Leawo Music Recorder

The second software I'm going to introduce to you is Leawo Music Recorder, a superb but easy-to-use music recording software program. You can use Leawo Music Recorder to record free music from any built-in input audio, computer audio and online music sources such as YouTube, Spotify and Google Play Music. With the professional music recording functions and additional edition ability I promise that Leawo Music Recorder must be sure to convert M4R to MP3.

After downloading and installing the program, open the main interface and then I will show you how to use Leawo Music Recorder to convert M4R file to MP3.


Step 1: Choose the audio source

Click the "Audio Source" icon on the main interface to set audio source, you can record music via computer or choose other built-in input audio stream by click the "Record Audio Input" button.


Step 2: Set MP3 as the output format

Then what you need to do is to click the "Format" icon and find the "Output Format". Click it and you will call out the drop-down menu which can help you set MP3 as the output format.


Step 3: Start recording M4R audio

Click the red "Start" button to let Leawo Music Recorder work and it should be noted that you first let this music recording software start recording and then play your source audio otherwise you'll get an incomplete audio file.


Step 4: Find the output file

After the recording finished, you can find your output audio file in the "Media" menu by clicking the "Media" button on the bottom of the interface. If you want, you can even do some further settings for your audio files such as adding the title or editing some information for the output file.


Solution 3: Convert M4R to MP3 with iTunes

If you have already have an iTunes on your computer and don't want to download any program from Internet, luckily you just need to use iTunes to do this job. Following my guide and you will learn how to use iTunes to convert M4R to MP3 in this part.

Step 1: Open the iTunes Preferences

Firstly you need to find the M4R file in your computer and modify its extension to M4A, then call out the drop-down menu by clicking the "Edit" option. Find the "Preferences" option and click it.


Step 2: Set the import format

After entering the "Preferences" menu you can find the "Import Setting" button, by clicking which you will enter the child menu.


Pick "MP3 Encoder" from the Import Using drop-down menu. Set the quality level and click OK on both open windows.


Step 3: Start importing MP3 file

Finally what you need to do is right-click the melody in your iTunes music library instead of the tones library. Click the "MP3 version" you can import the MP3 file now.


Solution 4: Convert M4R to MP3 free online with M4R to MP3 online converter – Filezigzag

If you are tired of downloading and installing software program from Internet, there are also some online audio converters that can help you to do this job. Among those online audio converters, Filezigzag is worth trying. It allows you to convert your audio M4R extension file to MP3 format without many complex steps. In this part I will show you the detail steps about how to use Filezigzag to convert M4R to MP3.

Step 1: Select file to convert

Click the "Select" button on its website and then you can import your source M4R file to Filezigzag.

Step 2: Set MP3 as the output format

After importing M4R file you need to call out the drop-down menu near the "Select" button and set MP3 as the output format.

Step 3: Enter your Email address

An email address is necessary because the only way for you to receive converted files is by mail. Therefore, you need to enter your correct email address; otherwise you will not get the converted files

Step 4: Start the conversion

Finally click the orange "Convert" button to start converting M4R to MP3.


As you can see, all the methods I recommend to you can do this job well. But if you want to get a better one, I think Leawo Video Converter and Leawo Music Recorder are better than iTunes and M4R to MP3 free online converter. It is not hard to see that using iTunes will take much more time to do the conversion because of its complex procedure. And if you choose online converter, there is one thing you should know is that it might cause the privacy leak because you need to offer the email address. As far as I'm concerned, if there are other features you need in addition besides M4R to MP3 conversion, Leawo Video Converter is the best choice. But if you just want to convert M4R to MP3, Leawo Music Recorder is better because it is more professional in audio recording.