How to convert M4A to MP3

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How to Convert M4A to MP3 on PC and Mac

As I told you at the beginning, there are various solutions for convert M4A to MP3 on PC and Mac. If this interests you, below you will find the best solutions in the category available for Windows, macOS and Linux. Put them to the test now and you will see that you will not regret it.


Convert M4A to MP3 with fre: ac


The first program I want to invite you to consider to convert M4A to MP3 from computer is fre: ac. It's free, open source in nature, and runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux. It allows you to convert all major audio file formats together and extract tracks from videos. It's super easy to use and even works in batch.

To download fre: ac to your PC, visit its website and click on the link Self extracting installer (64 bit): freac-xxxx.exe or about that Self extracting installer (32 bit): freac-xxxx.exe (depending on the version of Windows you are using) or on the link Intel and Apple Silicon Macs, macOS 11.0: freac-xxx-macos11.dmg (If you are using MacOS).

Once the download is complete, if you are using Windows, april il .exe file obtained and, in the window that appears on the screen, click on the button Yes. Then, set cittàn as the language for the interface, press the buttons NEXT, Yes and again NEXT (for four consecutive times). Finally, click on the button end. Next, start the program by selecting the relevant one collegamento which was added to the Start menu.


Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg obtained and move thefre icon: ac in the folder Applications from the Mac. Next, facci click destro sopra, select la voce apri present in the context menu and click on the button apri appeared on the screen, in order to go around the limitations desired by Apple against applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first start).


Now that, regardless of the operating system used, you see the main screen of the program, close the window relating to the project support, consent to the search for automatic updates at startup and close the screen with the suggestions for use.

At this point, drag and drop the M4A files that you intend to convert to MP3 into the program window. Alternatively, click the button with the sheet and the symbol (+) at the top and select "manually" the songs. Then click on the button Shop by Department located at the bottom right and indicates the output location.

If you also want to intervene on the encoding parameters, click on the button with the wrench located at the top of the screen, select the item LAME MP3 Encoder v3.100 give menu to tendin Codec in the window that opens, click on the button Tax adjacent and act from the additional window displayed.

Finally, start the conversion process by clicking on the arrow che si trova accanto to the pulsating Play on the top toolbar and selecting the option LAME MP3 Encoder give the menu to compare.

Convert M4A to MP3 with MediaHuman Audio Converter

Another program to convert M4A to MP3 is MediaHuman Audio Converter. It is an excellent audio converter available at no cost and usable on both Windows and macOS. It allows you to convert all major audio file formats together, including those covered by this guide, of course. It also has a simple but at the same time well-finished and very intuitive user interface.



To download the software on your computer, connect to its website and click on the button with the operating system logo.

Once downloaded, if you are using Windows, april il .exe file ottenuto e, nella finestra che vedi will share your desktop, click on the button Yes e seleziona l'opzione I accept the terms of the license agreement. Then click on the button NEXT (four times in a row) and complete the installation procedure by first pressing the button Install e poi quello end.

Instead, if you are using MacOS, april il package .dmg which contains the software and drag theicon of the latter in the folder Applications computer, then right-click on it, select the item apri from the context menu and press the button apri in the window that appears on the screen, in order to go around the limitations imposed by Apple on third-party developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first start).

Once the MediaHuman Audio Converter window appears on your desktop, drag and drop the M4A files you want to convert onto it. Alternatively, select them "manually" by clicking on the button beforehand capacitor positive (+) lead which is located at the top.

Next, I spread the menu to the tendon Size situato in alto a destra e seleciona la voce MP3 from the first menu attached to the further window that has opened. At this point, set the desired quality for the output file (ex. stereo, 44100Hz, 320kbps) in the second menu and press the button Close to save all settings.


Finally, click the button with the two arrows located at the top right and waits for the file conversion procedure to be completed. By default, the converted songs are saved in the folder Music> Convert by MediaHuman computer, but if you want you can set a different position by clicking on the button with the wrench and indicating the route you prefer by pressing the button Shop by Department at the section Destination folder nell'ulteriore finestra che si apre.


Convert M4A to MP3 with iTunes

You can convert a song in M4A format to MP3 also using iTunes, the famous software from Apple to organize and play the music library, as well as to manage iOS / iPadOS devices. Perhaps not everyone knows this, but the program also integrates special functions to convert the files that are given "to eat".

If you are using a PC Windows and you have not yet downloaded and installed it, proceed in advance, following the instructions I gave you in my guide on the subject.

Next, launch iTunes by selecting the relevant one collegamento that you find in Start menu and, once the program window is displayed on the screen, select the item Music from the drop-down menu at the top left, click on the tab library located at the top and choose the item Tracks in the left side menu.

Now, click on the menu Modification located at the top of the screen, choose the item Pref Renze from the latter and, in the further window that opens, select the card Generali. Then click on the button Import settings, scegli l'opzione MP3 encoder give menu to tendin Import using, adjust the quality from the drop down menu Settings and save the changes by clicking on the button OK.

After completing the above steps, if the audio file you want to act on has not yet been imported into iTunes, drag it into the program window, then select it from the list, click on the menu Fillet, top left, and choose the item Create MP3 version da quest'ultimo.

When the process is complete, you will find the converted version of the song in the program window. If you want, you can export it to any location you like, simply by dragging and dropping it in the folder of your interest.

Su MacOSinstead, everything needed to manage music, iPhone and iPad from a computer is already present on the operating system. In this case, however, there is no longer iTunes, which has been removed from the "standard" Mac programs starting from version 10.15 of the macOS operating system (Catalina), but the application is available Music, which has inherited its functions related to music management.

That said, start the application Musicby selecting the relevant icon (Quella with the music note) placed on the Dock bar. Once the program screen appears, select the item Tracks that you find in the section library in the left side menu.

At this point, click on the menu Music, top left, choose the item Pref Renze from the latter and, in the further window that opens, select the card Fillet. Then proceed to change the settings relating to the import and to intervene on the audio files of your interest, proceeding in a similar way to how I explained earlier for what concerns iTunes.

Other solutions to convert M4A to MP3

None of the solutions to convert M4A to MP3 that I have already reported has convinced you in a particular way and then you would like me to suggest you other solutions? I'll settle you immediately, you can find them in the list below!

  • VLC (Windows / macOS / Linux) - popular free, open source and cross-platform multimedia player that allows you to play practically any audio and video format, without having to resort to the use of external codecs. It also integrates convenient functions for converting files, which is why I chose to tell you about it in this guide. For convert M4A to MP3 with VLC, start the program, and click on the menu Media> Convert / Save on Windows or that File> Convert / Stream on maOS, then press the button to select the file, set the MP3 as a conversion profile, indicate the location in which to save the output song and press the button to start the procedure. For more details on the steps to take, refer to my specific guide on the subject.
  • Switch Audio File Converter (Windows / macOS) - this is a free software for personal use, running on both Windows and macOS, which allows you to convert to and from all the most popular audio file formats. It also allows you to adjust advanced conversion settings, but quickly and easily.
  • Windows Media Player (Windows) - is the default multimedia player of Microsoft's operating systems, which also offers special functions to transform the discs that are given to it “as a meal” into MP3. For convert M4A to MP3 with Windows Media Playerthen, start the program, select the icon diskette from the left sidebar in the window that opens and click the button CD Copy Settings present at the top, then select the MP3 format and press the button Copy from CD. For further information, consult my specific tutorial.

How to convert M4A to MP3 online

You don't want or can't download new programs to your computer, and as a result, you'd like me to explain how to convert M4A to MP3 online, then through the Web services used for the purpose? Then continue reading: you will find listed below those that, in my opinion, represent the best in the category.

123Apps Audio Converter

To convert M4A to MP3 online you can first turn to 123Apps Audio Converter. It is an online service that works on any browser and you don't need to download anything on your computer to use it. It's free, no account creation required, and apart from M4A and MP3 files it supports numerous other formats. It also protects users' privacy, as files uploaded to its servers are automatically removed within hours of processing.

To use the service, go to its main page, click on the button Open files and select the M4A song present on your computer that you intend to convert. Alternatively, you can upload the file to convert from Google Drive, Dropbox or by providing the URL, by clicking on the relevant connections.

Wait, therefore, for the upload of the file to be completed, then press the button mp3 and click your bottone Converted, in order to start the conversion procedure.

Possibly, before converting your M4A files to MP3 you can also intervene on the audio quality, through the appropriate adjustment bar on the screen. By default, the quality is set to Standard. You can also access the advanced settings by clicking on the button Advanced Settings and modify the information relating to the file by pressing the button Edit track information.

After conversion, you can download the MP3 file by clicking on the button Download (the file will be saved in the folder Download, unless you have changed the default settings of your web browser) or you can store it directly in the in cloud, on your account Google Drive or about that dropboxby selecting the appropriate links.

Other solutions to convert M4A to MP3 online

If you are looking for alternatives to convert M4A songs to MP3 online, you can put the other solutions suitable for the purpose that I have reported to you in the list below.

  • CloudConvert - it is a Web service that allows you to convert M4A files to MP3 and that also supports various other formats (over 200), both in input and output and not just audio. It is free and does not apply upload limits, but it can be used for up to 10 minutes a day and also has other restrictions that can be circumvented by registering and possibly even subscribing to one of the subscription plans (with prices starting from € 8,54 /month). Furthermore, it protects users' privacy by deleting files uploaded to its servers within hours of uploading.
  • Zamzar - is another converter accessible via the Web that allows you to work on various types of files, including those covered by this guide. It's intuitive enough, and uploaded files are removed from the company's servers in 24 hours. Basically it is free, but by subscribing to a paid plan (with costs starting from $ 9 / month) it is possible to increase the storage space, remove advertising etc.
  • Media.io - Web service that allows you to carry out conversion operations on all the most popular audio file formats, including, of course, on M4A and MP3 files. It has a beautiful user interface, is completely free, requires no registration and protects users' privacy by deleting files uploaded to its servers within 24 hours.

App to convert M4A to MP3

You don't have a computer at hand and would like me to suggest some app to convert M4A to MP3 directly from your smartphone or tablet? No sooner said than done. In fact, below you will find what I believe to be the most reliable solutions of this type for devices Android e iOS / iPadOS.

Media Converter (Android)

A smartphone or tablet is available Android, the application to which I suggest you to contact to perform the operation object of this tutorial is Media converter. It is free, very easy to use and allows you to convert audio and video files to and from any format. It also allows you to set the bitrate, sampling and other parameters.

To download and install it on your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the button Install. If you are using a device on which the Play Store is not available, you can download the app through an alternative store. Then start the app by selecting the relevant one icon which has been added to the home screen and / or drawer.

Now that you see the main screen of Media Converter, select the song in M4A format you want to transform into MP3 using the integrated file manager, tap the button Convert to mp3 and wait for the conversion procedure to start and finish. By default, the output file will be saved in the same location as the source file.

If you then want to customize the parameters of the output file, before starting the conversion, tap the button Expert mode, select the voice mp3 give menu to tendin Output Profile and intervene on options relating to duration, quality, etc. using the on-screen options, then tap the button Convert.

The Audio Converter (iOS / iPadOS)

If you are using an iPhone or an iPad, to convert M4A to MP3 from mobile I advise you to contact The Audio Converter. This is a specific app for iOS / iPadOS which, as easily understood from the name itself, allows you to convert audio files, supporting all popular formats. It is free, but to act on files that weigh more than 5 MB you need to unlock the Premium version through in-app purchases (at a cost of € 4,49 one-time).

To download and install the app on your device, visit the relevant section on the App Store, tap the button Get, quindi quello Install and authorize the download by Face ID, touch ID o password dell'ID Apple. Then start the app by selecting the relevant one icon that has been added to the home screen and / or the App Library.

Now that you see the main screen of The Audio Converter, indicate where to get the song to convert from using the appropriate icon and select the M4A file. On the next screen, set the option MP3 Audio (.mp3) give menu to tendin A and press pulsating Converted located at the bottom.

Then wait for the conversion process to be completed, then indicate the location in which to save the output file by tapping the button Open in or press the key Share to share the MP3 obtained via WhatsApp, Messenger or other apps.

Other apps to convert M4A to MP3

If none of the solutions to convert M4A songs to MP3 on the move that I have already reported convinced you in a particular way, you can consider resorting to the use of other apps of this type that you find in the list below.

  • Audio Converter (Android) - specific app for Android through which you can convert audio files to and from all the most popular formats, even M4A songs to MP3. It is totally free.
  • MP3 Converter - Audio Extractor (iOS / iPadOS) - application available only for iPhone and iPad which allows you to transform all the most popular audio and video formats into MP3 and which also integrates various functions for audio editing. It's free, but offers in-app purchases (at a base cost of 99 cents / month) to unlock extra features, such as the ability to make an unlimited number of changes to audio tracks.

I point out that on mobile you can also take advantage of online services to carry out the audio conversion that I reported to you in the previous lines. To use it, all you have to do is start the browser you usually use from smartphones and tablets to surf the Net (eg. Chrome your android or Safari on iOS / iPadOS) and follow the instructions I have already given you.

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