How to Recover Deleted MP3 Audio Files from Mac

Updated on March 16th, 2021

Rohit Arora

Summary: What to do when you have accidently deleted your mp3 audio files from Mac? Learn different ways to restore Mac MP3 files on Mac. Also, see how you can use Stellar Photo Recovery to get back Mac MP3 files.

How to Recover Deleted MP3 Audio Files from Mac How to Recover Deleted MP3 Audio Files from Mac

Have you accidentally deleted or lost MP3 files from Mac and need to restore them?

Read on this post to know how you can recover your lost or deleted MP3 files on Mac.

Loss of important MP3 files can make you go crazy. Saved in iTunes Media or any other folder on Mac, your MP3 audio recordings or music collection may get accidentally deleted or lost due to virus infection and hard drive crash etc.

However, losing your music, podcast or recordings due to deletion or logical corruption doesn’t mean that these have been permanently lost. They are still recoverable unless you haven’t overwritten them.

Once the audio files are lost from the local Mac hard disk drive, stop using it as soon as possible. This ensures that new files are not overwritten on the drive and the chances of recovery are maintained.

How to restore Mac MP3 files on Mac

MP3 is a standard format for compressing a sound sequence into a small file while preserving the original level of sound quality when it is played. In simple words, it is one of the most- popular music file types among the diverse music file formats. In case of loss or deletion from Mac, you can recover MP3 audio files by using the following methods:

  1. Download again from the source
  2. Restore from Trash
  3. Restore from backup
  4. Use MP3 Mac recovery software
  1. Download again from the source

You can try getting back the lost MP3 music or other audio recordings from the source website, or request a ‘resend’ from the one who had originally sent the audio files to you. Though, downloading audio files again is time consuming and may not be feasible in case the number or size of audio files is high.

  1. Restore MP3 from Trash on Mac

If you have accidentally deleted the audio files on your Mac, click the Trash icon in the Dock. Now either drag the file from Trash to another folder or select the required MP3 file and choose File > Put Back.

In case you have emptied the Trash too, then an MP3 files recovery software is the only way out.

  1. Restore from backup

Do you maintain backup for all your music/audio files? If yes, then recover the lost or deleted MP3 recordings and music from the backup you had created on any of these – Cloud, media or Time Machine.

  1. Recover by using MP3 recovery software

A professional MP3 files recovery tool for Mac — Stellar Photo Recovery works in all situations of files loss whether deletion, formatting or corruption of the drive. The software recovers the mp3 files quickly via an easy-to-use user interface.

Stellar Photo Recovery is popularly used to restore any type of audio files including MP3 file format on Mac devices. Additionally, you can retrieve deleted photos and videos of different file formats.

The do-it-yourself software works perfectly well with HFS, HFS+, NTFS, exFAT, and FAT file system.

Why Choose Stellar Photo Recovery to get back Mac MP3 files?

  • Quick and easy-to-use
  • Restores without depreciating audio quality
  • Restores audio files with original name, date, and timestamp
  • Supports latest macOS including macOS Catalina

 To Sum Up

Backup always comes as a rescue if a Mac drive crashes, formatted or files are deleted. If luck is on your side, you can recoup the MP3 files from Trash. Downloading again from the source may not be always possible, but is a recovery solution you can consider.

However, when none of the approaches work, it is better to opt for MP3 audio files recovery software such as Stellar Photo Recovery. The software is safe and assured way to restore Mac audio files. It can recover podcast, music collection or other audio recordings in not only MP3 format but also other sound file types like MP4, OGG, WMA etc. from your Macintosh.


About The Author

Sumona Chatterjee

Sumona is a tech blogger, avid photographer, & technogeek with vast experience in writing about media file recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 10 years of experience in media file recovery/media file repair technology. She is passionate about Photography, Creative Designing, Music, and Exploring lesser-known destinations. 

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  1. Hi, I just cleaning up number of audio file through Finder app and Keep dragging the audio files in the finder sidebar. Then I deleted unwanted files from my desktop. Unfortunately, some precious audio files were deleted accidently by mistake then I checked in the trash folder and can’t seem to find the files. Is there anything I can do?

    1. Hi Stuart, you can try our software demo version and see a preview of your recoverable files. To download and save them on your computer, you would need to uograde the software. Thanks!

    1. Hi Jason, The best ways to create podcasts in Mac is by using podcast capture. Podcast capture comes with every mac and you can find in the utility folder inside your application folders. Launch the application, select your podcast server and started.

  2. I had a problem with opening a recording from my Windows OS/ The mp3 file format got corrupted. I tried severely software to repair but file not to fix it. Any help would appreciated!

    1. Hi Ryan, As a Professional, I would suggest, you can try a demo version of our Stellar Photo recovery software for Windows OS. It recovers and repairs corrupt mp3 files.

  3. Fantastic Article, really great as a photographer with a hobby in photography looking to recover deleted MP3 files from MacOS.

  4. Hello, my 64 GB OTG USB 2.0 USB fell from 3 feet height along with the mobile when it was connected. I plugged it into macOS Sierra, and it showed in Disk Utility only as greyed out. I couldn’t transfer my files completely. Will the OTG drive recoverable?

    1. Hi Karen,

      Run Stellar Mac Data Recovery and scan your OTG device. It will show you the files it can salvage. Hope this helps

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