Can't export mp3/AIFF in 2.0.3 or 1.3 beta

Windows 7
I downloaded version 2.0.3/installed and tonight attempted to export a file created with content from 1.3 beta as mp3/AIFF and this is no longer possible. My previous version is 1.3 beta of course. I have uninstalled 2.0.3, launched 1.3 and opened some files created with same, and then attempted to export them as mp3/AIFF and now 1.3 does not properly export. Also, Audacity icons have no graphic now and double-clicking does not open the .aup file. There are only two different tasks that I did today in Audacity 2.0.3:

  1. I dragged an mp4 into the tracks and edited/exported as mp3.

  2. I dragged an older (1.3 beta) mp3 in the tracks, edited and attempted to export mp3 and failed.

This is all I know. Hopefully, there is a solution,

Thanks much,


One thing I noticed is Audacity may try to export your work to the program folder or some other awkward place instead of My Music or My Desktop. Make sure you know where the export is going.

Win7 can be really particular about unusual things happening to the filesystem.


Are you on a Mac and running Windows 7 in BootCamp or in a virtual machine like Parallels? I ask because very few people on Windows export as AIFF (though it should work fine).

What are the symptoms of “cannot export properly” and “failed”? Please give exact text of the error (or an image) or please describe exactly what happens.

1.3 versions had lots of bugs, so it would help us more for you to work in 2.0.3 so we can fix any problem that there might be in that version.

Check what Koz says about where you are exporting to. Try exporting to your Desktop.

If that does not help, make sure you do not have any of these characters in your exported file name:

  /  :  *  ?  "  <  >  |

If that does not help, and if you don’t want metadata like Artist and Genre in the exported file, please try File > Open Metadata Editor… and press “Clear”. There could be a problem with the metadata in the MP3 where you “dragged an older (1.3 beta) mp3 in the tracks, edited and attempted to export mp3 and failed”.

To fix that, run the Windows installer for 2.0.3 again. It has an option to “Reset Preferences” but in case you have issues exporting to certain file locations, I suggest not enabling the “Reset Preferences” option at the moment.


It is not a matter of where the mp3 or AIFF is exported to. I’ve been using Audacity for 3 years and I know what I am doing. The exported mp3 or AIFF file does not have an mp3/AIFF extension and when the file is examined in properties, it is simply shown as “File” for “type of file”. Double-clicking on the file should start iTunes as it normally does, but now nothing happens at all. I am going to uninstall EVERYTHING and start over with installing version 2.0.3 and see what happens next. Thanks much for your reponses so far. :sunglasses: :slight_smile:

I’ve completely uninstalled both versions 2.0.3/1.3 beta and deleted all folders related to both. I’ve reinstalled 2.0.3 and everything is starting to work as expected again. Who knows what may have caused the export problem in the first place, but now exporting is working fine and the .aup files icons have regained the icon graphic. All is well. Thanks again for your help. FYI… many of my original Audacity audio creations are now on ReverbNation and I’ve gained a ranking of #157 in Los Angeles (Alternative genre) and over 30 originals created in Audacity have been aired on the radio in the last nine months. I couldn’t have done it without Audacity! Thanks very much!!! :smiley: :sunglasses: :slight_smile:

Another pitfall you can come across is to type dots into the file name. I’ll post the link, in case you are not aware of this: .