M4A is a lossless compressed audio extension of MP4 files. It remains the same audio quality as the original file after conversion while lowering the file size. This file format became popular since Apple Inc. firstly used it in its iTunes and iPod for songs in 2007. Better known as a standard audio format for Apple devices Apple format, not every media player supports playback of M4A songs. If you intend to listen to such songs in non-supported gadgets of M4A format, you can convert them to WMA format which compresses audio files to small size without quality damage but is compatible with audio players and devices. Read below suggested ways to convert M4A to WMA so you can play your M4A audio files on various players.
Three Tools to Make M4A to WMA Conversion Easier
Free Online Audio Converter
Apowersoft Free Online Converter is a free web based application that can be used for the basic file conversion. It can convert audios into various mainstream file formats including M4A, M4R, MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, AC3, FLAC, OGG, and RA, etc. The conversion process is fast and the conversion can be done in just a few clicks. Log into that page and then refers to the user guide as follows:
- Click the green “browse” button and select the M4A file that you wish to convert.
- Tick “WMA” under Output Format, adjust audio settings based on your personal preference or if not sure, just leave the default settings.
- Click the “Convert” button to convert M4A to WMA and wait for the conversion process to complete.
The converted file will be saved to your PC immediately and automatically. This tool also lets you convert files in batch mode. Click the orange Add button to load more files to convert. Another good thing about it is it allows you adjust audio settings including bitrate, channels and sample rate on your own. The drawbacks are that it requires a stable Internet connection and the time for file conversion would be long if files are large in size.
Video Converter Studio
If you prefer a desktop tool that has no limits on internet connection as well as file size, Video Converter Studio is the best choice with an intuitive interface and support to a wide range of formats and devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Galaxy S6 edge, S6, Nexus, etc. Download and install the program to your PC and then read the step by step guide on how to convert M4A to WMA using this program.
Click the “Convert” tab on the top part of the main interface. Click “Add Files” and select the M4A audio files that you want to convert. You can also drag and drop the files to the area where it displays “Drag files to start” directly.
Choose Output Format
Next to “Profile”, click the drop down arrow, select the “Audio” tab and choose WMA. Choose your preferred quality among low, medium and high. Next to “Output”, click the “folder” icon and select the destination where to save the file.
Click the “Convert” button to start the conversion. The converted files will be done in just a few seconds and saved to the destination folder automatically.
As a multi-functional M4A to WMA converter, Video Converter Studio also works as an audio editor which can be very helpful for trimming audio clips and setting audio parameters including audio codec, sample rate, channels and bitrate. What’s even better of this tool is it comes with a downloader which is able to download audio and video from various video sites. Another amazing feature is its MV Maker that can be used for creating gorgeous slideshows with photos and music without a hassle.
VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player actually comes with a converter feature which can be used it for the conversion of M4A to WMA file format. Launch VLC Media Player, click “Media” and choose “Convert/Save”. You’ll be directed to a new window where you can select the files that you want to convert. Click “Add” to import the M4A files to VLC. Click the “Convert/Save” at the bottom and select “Convert”. Click “Browse” next to the destination file and choose the folder where you wish to save the converted files. Click the drop down next to “Profile” and choose WMA from the list. Click “Start” for the process to begin.
Despite the fact that VLC is capable of converting files, it is not as user friendly as the other two options. You have to go through the entire process to convert a file and files that it supports for conversion are also limited. What’s worse, it frequently crashes files.
VLC Media Player may be a fantastic media player, but it is the most convenient option when it comes to conversion since it’s not a real converter tool. Apowersoft Free Online Video Converter deserves a try because it is completely free and easy to use but it requires good Internet connection. The best tool among the three options is Video Converter Studio which makes up for shortcomings of other tools and integrates extra useful features into one program.