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MP4 VS MP3, Which is Best Choice - EaseUS

Isla posted on Jun 16, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

At present, music has become an important part of our daily life. Whether you are in working or resting that music can bring your extra power to make you feel relax. So, with the music popularity, plenty of audio formats have come out, such as AAC, MP3, FLAC, AMR, and more. Obviously, MP4 and MP3 are won this game, and these two formats are widely used on the Internet, and plenty of platforms are all supported these two file formats. Do you know why? On this page, you will find the answer.

MP4 VS MP3: What are the Main Differences

When you use music players, do you notice that some MP3 players do not support playing MP4 files, but MP4 players can play MP3 files? If you want to know the answer that you need to know the differences between these two formats.

What is MP3 format

MP3 is a short-form for MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, which is a coding format for digital audio. This type of format through discarding the information, or sound, that the human can not hear about reducing their file size. It's a process known as "lossy compression."

Because of the special compression way that makes MP3 has more small size and acceptable sound fidelity. All of these let the MP3 file format has widely used in the music files. So, no matter what operating system or device you use, you can clearly sure that MP3 files can work.

What is MP4 format

MP4 is a short form for MPEG-4 Part 14, which is it's based on the Apple QuickTime MOV format. Unlike the MP3, the MP4 a container file that can be used to store audio, video, or other data. So, MP4 files do not support handing the coding of the file. In order to read and play the MP4 file, the play players have to own the same codes.

The different codes will make MP4 have different file extensions that indication of the type of data within the container. Such as:

  • MP4: The official extension
  • M4A: Non-protected audio
  • MAB: Audiobooks and podcasts

Differences Between MP4 and MP3 Formats

If you ask me MP4 and MP3, which file format is better, it's hard to say. MP3 and MP4 are both through loses information to reduce the file size. While MP4 is not a superior format for sound, the codecs can use different ways to compress MP4 format. So, according to the needs, it provides an ability to enhance MP4 file quality

Here has a table to list the differences between MP4 and MP3:

Format AAC MP3
File Extension


Multimedia container




Codec  Audio

Audio, Video, Text, Images

Extended from

Support in Apple Support in almost music player


Apple’s Quicktime .mov

Released for public use on 

1994 2003

From the list, we can clearly see the difference between these two formats. If you need an audio file and have limited storage space, the MP3 will fit you. If you need to save audio, video, and text, that MP4 will fit for you.

Best MP4 & MP3 Converter

Although MP3 and MP4 are both get widely used in audio and video, people have their special needs according to the format characteristic. So, they may need a format converter to solve this problem. That's why comes the EaseUS Video Editor. EaseUS Video Editor is an all-in-one video editing software. It not only supports the basic video editing functions but also supports converting formats. This program nearly supports all of the common use file formats, such as MP4, MP3, MOV, MKV, and more. So, you can use this software to convert MP4 to MP3.


  • Support plenty of formats
  • Support 300+ effects and transitions
  • Support adding text, filters, transitions, overlays, elements, and music to video
  • Support free download

How to convert MP4 to MP3 using EaseUS Video Editor:

Step 1. Launch the software, and you will be prompted to choose an aspect ratio for your project. Choose any one from the three options available on your screen.

Choose video aspect

Step 2. On the following screen, you need to add the video file that is to be converted to MP3. Click on the "Import" option at the top and select Import file.

Import video

Step 3. Navigate to where your video is saved and select it. Right-click on your video and select "Add to Project". It will be added to your current project.

Add video to project

Step 4. Click on the Export option at the top to export your video as an MP3 file.

Export video as Mp3

Step 5. On the screen that follows, click on the Audio tab and then select MP3. This is the format that the software will convert your video to. Then, click on Export to save the converted file to your computer.

Export video to Mp3

If you want to know how to convert MP3 to MP4, you can move on How to convert MP3 to MP4


On this page, we are talking about what is MP4 and MP3, and the difference between these two formats. If you are considering compatibility, then the MP4 is a better option. If you just need to play music, that MP3 will fit you. Meanwhile, if you want to convert MP4 to MP3, EaseUS Video Editor is the best choice. Do not miss it!

FAQs About MP4 and MP3 Format

There are some questions about MP4 and MP3 formats, if you want to know more, you can keep on reading.

1. Are MP4 files bigger than MP3?

Yes, the MP4 file is bigger than MP3. A typical MP3 file is usually about 1/11th the size of the original audio file. An MP4 file (MPEG-4 Part 14) is a "container" format.

2. Can MP3 players play MP4?

Yes, MP3 players can play the MP4 file. MP3 video players are portable audio/video devices capable of playing various audio formats (MP3, WAV, MP4, for example) and video files (MPEG, AVI, WMV).

3. Which is the best audio quality?

The highest quality MP3 has a bitrate of 320kbps, whereas a 24-bit/192kHz file has a data rate of 9216kbps. Music CDs are 1411kbps. The hi-res 24-bit/96kHz or 24-bit/192kHz files should, therefore, more closely replicate the sound quality the musicians and engineers were working with in the studio.

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