Even though M4A file quality is better and file sizes smaller compared to MP3 files, Windows may tell you that it could not open M4A file. You can convert M4A to MP3 file instead. This article will show you the best 3 ways to convert M4A to MP3 and give a thorough review.
You can convert a song in M4A format to one in MP3 format while keeping a copy of the original with iTunes.
Step 1: Open iTunes and add the M4A file to iTunes. Click “File” and open “Add Folder to Library.” Select the folder where the M4A files are saved and then click “Open” to add the M4As to iTunes.
Step 2: Changing preference. Choose iTunes > Preferences, click Edit, and then click Import Settings. Click on the “Import Using” drop box inside of the second window and select “MP3 Encoder.” After you have done this, click “OK” found inside of both open windows to save the settings.
Step 3: Start conversion. Highlight “Music” in the “Library” list on the left side of iTunes. Choose the album with the M4A songs you're converting. The songs will then be listed. Select every M4A you're converting and then click the “Advanced” menu. Choose “Create MP3 Version” to save the MP3 audio files in the iTunes folder on your computer.
This is the best way to convert M4A to MP3 for free. It does not require any other programs installed on your computer. It is also easy for operation. Recommended.
People who do not like iTunes have other choices. M4A file is not DRM protected meaning they are less restricted. Multi-formats online free converters, like Media-Convert, Zamzar, Media.io and others, allow users to convert M4A to MP3. Here we take Zamzar for example.
Step 1: Nevigate to Zamzar.com and add M4A files. Click the "Choose Files..." button and import M4A files.
Step 2: Choose "MP3" under "Music Formats".
Step 3: Enter your email address to receive the converted file.
Step 4: Click the "Convert" button. This means you are acknowledging their terms, which you should read first.
The online converter is straightforward. You do not need to be so computer literate in order to complete the conversion. Of course you need to be internet connected. Like many online converters, Zamzar limits the file size up to 100MB. So it is not a good choice if you want to conduct batch conversion for multiple M4A files.
The third way is to download a desktop-based program to convert M4A to MP3 files. We recommend NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter.
Step 1: Launch iTunes Audio Converter on Windows. iTunes will open with it automatically. You will see the simple and intelligible interface of iTunes Audio Converter.
Step 2: Click "Add" button, then you will see a pop-up window which will show you all the iTunes folders. You can add Apple Music files, audiobooks, and M4P audio as you want.
Step 3: Click the "Setting" button on the main interface, and then there will be a pop-up window which allows you to set output path and output audio format. If you do not change output path, the output audio will save in the default folder.
Step 4: When finish customization, click "Convert" button to start converting. If you don't want to convert a certain music, please click "remove" button to remove this music before converting. After conversion, click the "History" button in the main interface to find the output audio.
NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter for Windows is specially designed for Windows users to convert DRM-ed Apple Music files, audiobooks, and m4p audio to unprotected MP3, M4A, etc. This converter integrates Apple Music Converter, Audiobook Converter and M4P Converter together. It can record audio tracks in the background at 10X speed and keep output MP3 with ID tags preserved.
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