M4A File Type

- The quick facts

What are M4A files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a M4A file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your 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

We have identified one M4A opener that is compatible with this specific type of M4A file.

Programs that open MPEG-4 Audio files

Last updated: August 27, 2022

Various apps that use files with this extension

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
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
VLC Media PlayerVLC Media PlayerUser submitted
RealPlayerRealPlayerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
GOM AudioGOM AudioUser submitted

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