The format of the file the M4A is not exactly familiar to or popular with regard to other formats such as the MP3. However, that does not mean that it is irrelevant. Apple’s iTunes store, for example, offers music free of rights (DRM) as M4A files along with Avanced Audio Coding (AAC), so it is not impossible for you to find a track in format M4A that you want to play in another place that is not iTunes. Considering that MP3S are universally recognized by many devices and media players -virtually all of the bands-we thought it would be beneficial to provide a guide to convert M4A files to MP3.
So, if you follow these few simple steps will make your tracks iTunes M4A purchased are also available in MP3.
Step 1: Select a file to M4A
You see the main page of Cloud Convert, click on the grey button to Select Files and then select the file M4A you want to convert. Alternatively, click and drag the file you want to convert from your saved location in the conversion window of the site.
When you click on the Select files button directly opens an Explorer view of files from your system, from which you can select your file. If you click on the button down, you’ll be able to select from a number of other sources, such as DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, and a URL.
Step 2: Customize the output settings
Once you’ve selected your file, you will see the display of conversion options. Click on the arrow on the file format and select the MP3 option from the list of audio formats.
Unless otherwise specified, Cloud Convert will automatically convert your file to MP3 at a variable bitrate of between 220 kbps and 250kbps. Like iTunes, you can click on the wrench icon next to the drop-down menu to adjust the settings of output file. From there, you’ll be able to change the number of audio channels, sample rate and more. Once you’re satisfied with your settings, click on the blue button Ok in the bottom right corner.
Step 3: Convert
Click the red button to Start conversion that is on the right side. When the end of the conversion process, which should take about 10 seconds on most of the files, your file will be available for download.
Step 4: Download
The green button of download indicates that your MP3 file is already available. You’ll be able to click directly on the button, and your file will be saved in your download folders default. The options available in the drop-down arrow, which include the creation of a QR code to download it on a mobile device. If you click on the drop down button Create filesor you will also be able to include the files in a compressed file of various types.
iTunes is not the only desktop application that shows you how to convert M4A files to MP3, but it is still one of the best (and most recognizable) choices for Windows and MacOS. It is easy to use and can help you with the authorization of the computer, or making sure that they are updated if necessary.
To use it, open the menu Preferences and change the import settings to use the “MP3 Encoder“. Then, simply select the file you want to convert in your music library, click on “File”, then click “Convert”, followed by “Create version MP3” After that, iTunes will do all the heavy lifting for you.
If you want a dedicated device to play those MP3 newly created, take a look at our suggestions for the best MP3 players modern once you are finished.
*Updated by Maria Teresa Lopes on December 7, 2018.
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