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Convert M4A to MP3

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How to convert m4a to mp3?

How to convert mp3 to m4a?
Step 1

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Step 2

Convert m4a to mp3

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Step 3

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MPEG-4 Audio Layer

File extension .m4a
File category audio
Description

Apple Inc. has designed an M4A open-source format based on QuickTime Fike. Now the format is being promoted in the iTunes store. It is a multimedia container intended for the placement of sound components and other data, such as images. MPEG-4 files may be stored with extensions M4A and MP4. In the latter case, they contain video as well.

Alongside these sound formats, MPEG-4 allows for lossy compaction through FFC Codec. However, it is possible to provide a lossless reduction thanks to the Apple Lossless format. The files may be played on Windows PCs via iTunes, Windows Media Player 12, KSP Sound Player, Winamp, and some other programs. With iTunes, the data can be converted into Windows-supported audio formats.

Technical details

In comparison with its predecessor MP3, M4A format provides better sound quality and smaller file size. Thanks to lossless compaction, the data may be easily converted in both directions with no quality deterioration. The sound data encoded with ACC compression, which reduces the file size considerably.

Due to protection technology DRM, MP4 files cannot be easily distributed, while it is much simpler to replicate files in M4A; that is why “Apple Lovers” prefer the latter format. With M4A, it is possible to buy music on iTunes and download it into smartphones or other devices.

Programs
Microsoft Windows Media Player
VLC media player
MPlayer
Amarok
Winamp
Apple QuickTime Player
Apple iTunes
Developer Apple
MIME type
audio/mpeg

MP3 Audio File

File extension .mp3
File category audio
Description

MP3 (formally MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3 or MPEG-2 Audio Layer-3) is a digital format for storing audio files and audio streaming. MPEG programmers designed the format. It is one of the most required codecs for digital coding. The format is widely used in various file-sharing sites for evaluation downloading.

Due to lossy compression in this audio format, it is possible to compress CD tracks up to 1/10 of their original size while maintaining high playback quality. Moreover, it can be encoded at higher or lower bit rates to adjust the resulting quality. Overtones, which cannot be perceived by a human ear, are removed. Complex algorithms allow for a smaller size of tracks. As a result, one compact disk can contain several hundred songs. MP3 is compatible with all the most popular operating systems and is supported by most modern DVD-players and music systems.

Technical details

Before MP3 introduction, MPEG-1 had been widely used. That format contained not only audio data but images as well. MP3 breaks an audio file into parts of the same length. When the processing is over, each part is packed into its frame. It involves the spectral limit technology that requires a continuous input signal to provide the use of two adjacent structures.

When spectral deleting is over, the file is to be compressed with mathematic methods. If necessary, the compression rate can be changed, even inside the same frame. Files of 128 kbit/s have 11-fold compression. Further reduction of the file size will lead to a significant deterioration in sound quality.

Programs
Microsoft Windows Media Player
VLC media player
MPlayer
jetAudio
Zune
Audacity
Apple iTunes
Plex Media Center
Amarok
Xine
Totem
Developer Moving Picture Experts Group
MIME type
audio/mp3
audio/mpeg3
audio/mpg
audio/mpeg
audio/x-mpeg
audio/x-mpeg-3
audio/mp3
audio/x-mpegaudio
audio/x-mpg
audio/x-mp3

FAQ

❓ How can I convert m4a to mp3?
Firstly, select a m4a file you want to convert or drag and drop it. Secondly, select mp3 or any other format you want to convert your file to. Then click convert and wait until your file is converted
⏳ How long should I wait to convert m4a to mp3?
Audio conversion usually takes a few seconds. You will convert m4a to mp3 very quickly.
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