Opening M4A files

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

What is a M4A file?

Files with a .m4a extension are container files that store audio data. The audio data that is contained in the .m4a files is encoded using the MPEG4 Part 14 format.

The .m4a file extension was created by Apple. It is very similar to the .mov and .mp4 file formats, except that .m4a files do not contain any video data.

Like MP3 files, files with the .m4a extension are compressed, but the compression technology used to create .m4a files results in a higher quality of sound. File compression makes the files more manageable, decreasing the file size. This allows them to be downloaded from the Internet more quickly and allows the M4A file to take up less storage space.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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