How to Extract Music from a Song with Audacity

How to Extract Music from a Song with Audacity

How many times have you heard a song in a movie or on the radio and only liked one part of it? Perhaps you wanted to use that part in something you made? Taking songs you like and transforming them into something unique to you can be a fun and creative process. If it has been mastered, it can be used in your own work to produce high-quality audio. This is a basic start, made with Audacity, a simple, free audio editing software.


1. Download Audacity and open it. Find Audacity at

2. Find the source of the audio file you would like to extract on your computer. Export it as an mp3.

Export iTunes songs as .mp3s:

Go to “iTunes” > “Preferences” > “Import Settings” under the “General” tab.

Change the “Import Using” setting from “AAC Encoder” to “MP3 Encoder”.

  • Drag the desired song onto your desktop.
  • Export Spotify songs as .mp3s:
    • Download a Spotify playlist converter that will automatically convert the songs in a playlist to mp3 for download. Search online for a converter option.
  • Export YouTube songs as .mp3s:
    • Copy the URL of the song

Paste it into an auto-conversion site.

Click the link that is automatically generated via the conversion website.

3. Open up the exported song that you would like to extract from in Audacity.

  • Use “File” > “Open”.

Find the location of the mp3 file you would like to use and select it.

4. Extract specific parts of the song for use, or remove the vocals to obtain an instrumental only track.

Highlight a specified portion of the track you would like to manipulate.

Paste this extraction into a new window of Audacity. Continue to manipulate extracted sound as desired.

  • Remove the vocals from the track.

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