The M4A file format is not exactly a household name, coming in far behind the vastly more popular MP3. However, that does not mean it's irrelevant. Apple's iTunes store – a dominant force in digital music distribution – offers DRM-free music as M4A files alongside AAC, and so it's not impossible that you will find yourself with a M4A track that you want to play somewhere other than iTunes.
M4A iTunes tracks to MP3s for universal use.
: Select your M4A file
There are a number of cloud conversion sites, but ours favorite for this particular task is Cloud Convert. Select Files button, and then select the desired M4A file you wish to convert. Alternatively, click and drag the file you wish to convert from its saved location to the site's conversion window. Clicking the Select Files button directly opens a File Explorer view of your system, from which you can select your file.
Alternative online converters include Zamzar and Online Convert.
Alternate online converters include Zamzar and Online Convert. FLAC to MP3 guide.
Step 2: Customize your output settings
Once you've selected your file, you'll be ready to use the conversion options screen. Click on the file format arrow, and select the MP3 option from the list of audio formats. Unless specified, Cloud will automatically convert your file into MP3 at a variable bit rate of between 220kbps and 250kbps.
You can click the wrench icon next to the drop-down menu to adjust the file's output settings. From there, you can change the number of audio channels, the sampling frequency, and more. Okay Button in the bottom-right corner.
Step 3: Convert the file
Click the red Start Conversion button on the right hand side.
Step 4: Download your new MP3
The green Download button indicates that your MP3 file is available. You can click directly on the button and your file will be saved in your default downloads folder. Options available from the drop-down arrow Creating a QR code for downloading to a mobile device. If you click on the Create archive button drop-down,
iTunes is not the only desktop app M4A files to MP3 but it remains one of the best (and most recognizable) choices out there for both Windows and MacOS. It's easy to use and to make sure it's up-to-date if necessary.
To use it, open the Preferences menu and tweak your import settings to use MP3 Encoder . Then simply select the file you want to convert to your music library. Click File then Convert followed by Create MP3 Version . After that, iTunes wants to do all the heavy lifting for you.
MP3s, check out our suggestions for the best modern MP3 players once you're finished!