The Gaussian mixture model (GMM)-based method has dominated the field of voice conversion (VC) for last decade. However, the converted spectra are excessively smoothed and thus produce muffled converted sound. In this study, we improve the speech quality by enhancing the dependency between the source (natural sound) and converted feature vectors (converted sound). It is believed that enhancing this dependency can make the converted sound closer to the natural sound. To this end, we propose an integrated maximum a posteriori and mutual information (MAPMI) criterion for parameter generation on spectral conversion. Experimental results demonstrate that the quality of converted speech by the proposed MAPMI method outperforms that by the conventional method in terms of formal listening test.