How to Convert M4A Files to MP3


If you’ve ever dealt with the Apple Music Store or tried downloading music from there, you’ve probably seen the M4A file format pop up a few times. While it’s convenient in some cases, most people prefer to eventually convert their audio files into something more ubiquitous. 

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Here’s how to convert your M4A files into MP3s, so you can play your music pretty much anywhere.

Step 1: Select your M4A file

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There are a number of cloud conversion sites, but our favorite for this particular task is Cloud Convert. Head to its homepage and click the red Select File button, and then select the desired M4A file you wish to convert. Clicking the Select File button directly will open up a File Explorer view of your system, from which you can select your file. If you click the down arrow button, you can select from a number of other sources, such as DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, or a URL.

One possible alternative online converter is Online Audio Converter. You can learn more about this method in our how to convert FLAC to MP3 guide.

Step 2: Customize your output settings

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Once you’ve selected your file, you’ll be presented with the conversion options screen. Click on the file format arrow, and select the MP3 option from the list of audio formats. Unless specified, Cloud Convert will automatically convert your file into an 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. Once you’re satisfied with your settings, click the red Okay button in the bottom-right corner.

Step 3: Convert the file

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Click the red Convert button on the right-hand side. When the conversion process finishes — it should take about 10 seconds with most files — your file will be available for download.

Step 4: Download your new MP3

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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.

Alternative: iTunes

iTunes isn’t the only desktop app that shows you how to convert 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 we can help you with computer authorization or making 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 in your music library. Click File, then Convert, followed by Create MP3 Version. After that, iTunes will do all the heavy lifting for you.

If you want a dedicated device to play those newly created MP3s, check out our suggestions for the best modern MP3 players once you’re finished!

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