M4A File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a M4A file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .M4A files.

What is a M4A file?

A .M4A file is a MPEG-4 Audio file. Files with a .m4a extension are audio files in MPEG-4 format. These files are similar to the popular MP4 files, just audio-only and no video.

The audio is encoded using the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) or Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) codecs. A codec is basically a compression method used to reduce the size of the input data without compromising audio quality too much.

Another popular audio file format that is similar to M4A is MP3, but the sound quality is generally better in M4A files.

How to open M4A files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension M4A for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different M4A openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension M4A

While we know of one file format using the .M4A file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .M4A file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of M4A files. Remember, different programs may use M4A files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Audio-EditorWavePad Audio-EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with M4A-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with M4A-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!