I want to convert some of the M4A files that I have purchased on the iTunes store to MP3 so I can play them on a MP3 disk in my car (you can get only about 20 songs on a audio disk but about 150 on a MP3 disk). What is the recommended software for doing this on a Mac?
M4A files are a type of audio file developed and popularised by Apple. Since 2007, music purchased through the iTunes store has been in m4a format, therefore accounting for over 15 billions files worldwide. MP4 and M4A files are often confused, and the two are quite similar, being both based on the MPEG-4 codec. However, M4A is a file comprising solely of audio, whereas MP4 may also contain video.
M4A files are superior to MP3 in terms of the scale of compression and audio quality. The M4A file uses Apple's codec and resides within the MPEG-4 container. The main benefit of M4A is that files are compressed but are lossless. This means they can be decoded back to the original quality they were at the point of compression. Another benefit of M4A files are that do not carry any Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection associated with other files meaning they are less restricted.
The M4A file format isn’t exactly a household name, coming in far behind the vastly more popular MP3 format. However, that does not mean it is 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’ll find yourself with a track in M4A format that you’ll want to play somewhere other than iTunes.
Considering that MP3s are universally recognized by devices and media players of virtually all stripes, we thought you would benefit from a guide on how to convert iTunes M4A to MP3. Follow these steps to make your purchased iTunes M4A tracks available as MP3 for universal playability.
How to Convert M4A Files to MP3 Format using iTunes
iTunes is on of the best choices capable of converting M4A files to MP3. It’s easy to convert M4A files to MP3 with iTunes.
Step 1: Open iTunes. import settings
Click the Edit menu item and select Preferences. The General tab should be opened by default, otherwise, click on it. Then, click Import Settings “OK” button.
Step 2: Adjust iTunes import settings
Click the drop-down to the right of Import Using and select MP3 Encoder. Keep in mind that you can also adjust the bit rate at which your songs will be encoded. The higher the bit rate, the better your tracks will sound.
Step 3: Convert iTunes M4A to MP3
Once you apply the Import settings, select the file you wish to convert in your music library, then click on the File menus, then Convert, and then Create MP3 Version. iTunes will create and automatically place an MP3 version of the song directly beneath it.
Convert M4A Files to MP3 Format without iTunes
Apple Music Converter is specially designed to convert DRM-ed Apple Music files, audiobooks, and iTunes m4p audio to unprotected MP3, M4A, etc. This converter integrates Apple Music Converter, Audiobook Converter and M4P Converter together. You can convert iTunes M4B/M4P/M4A/AA/AAX files to MP3 on your Mac or Windows with this Apple Music Converter easily.
Apple Music Converter is able to convert M4A, M4P songs, M4P/M4B Audiobooks purchased from iTunes store, Audible AA/AAX Audiobooks and Apple Music M4P songs to MP3. In other words, it can convert all iTunes audio file to MP3. Simply download and have a try to convert iTunes M4A files to MP3 without iTunes.
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