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M4A File Extension

M4A file extension is created by Apple, also known as MPEG-4 Audio File. M4A has been classified as Audio Files. This File type categories under Zip, Text, Binary and XML, however, the format of this file format has not been determined yet. You can open M4A files in Apple iTunes program.

MPEG-4 Audio File Type

MPEG-4 Audio File Type
Extension .m4a
Developer Apple
Popularity 5.0 (848 Votes)
Mime Type mime-type/not.available
Default Program Apple iTunes
Category Audio Files
Format Binary
Updated 5/1/2024

What is a M4A File Type?

MPEG-4 is a container format used to store compressed audio and video data. It is used by .MP4 files, which store audio and video data. The M4A files contain only audio data, which led to extension .m4a which means MPEG-4 Audio. " and MPEG-4 Audio. This name change helped distinguish between MPEG-4 files and MPEG-4 audio files only.

The iTunes Store offers songs in the M4A format. These are encoded using AAC compression, which greatly reduces the size of each file. Songs that include copyright protection have an extension .M4P.

Windows Media Player 11 requires the K-Lite Codec Pack to play the M4A files. Windows Media Player 12 (includes Windows 7) provides native support for the M4A format.




Free online M4A Tools & Apps

We have also the free online .M4A (MPEG-4 Audio File) file extension apps that can allow to view, edit, convert from to M4A, merge, split and compare the M4A files without installing anything on your system. Please click on the links to explore the complete list of details for each required feature.




M4A Files Common Issues

There are few common issues with the MPEG-4 Audio File .M4A File Extensions while opening the .M4A files on Windows and MacOs, we have solution to those issues such as:

Can't Open M4A Files?

  1. You must have supported software programs installed for MPEG-4 Audio File on your system such as Apple iTunes.
  2. Associate default Apple Apple iTunes program for *.m4a (MPEG-4 Audio File) files.

    Associate M4A Default Program on Windows
    1. Right-click a *.M4A (e.g example.m4a) file and click Open With.
    2. In the Open with dialog box, click Apple Apple iTunes program Or click Browse to locate the program (*.exe) that you want.
    3. Select check box for Always use this app to open .m4a files.

    Associate M4A Default Program on MacOs
    1. Click *.M4A (e.g example.m4a) file and click information -> Open With.
    2. In the programs list, click Apple Apple iTunes program Or other appropriate program that you want.
    3. Confirm Change for all... and Contine.
    4. A message will appear "This change will be applied to all files with .Apple iTunes extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection", click Contine to apply changes.

All Platform Software Programs for M4A File Extension

List of all softwares that can open the M4A files on each platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Web and Android, you may click the each software link for more details for other supported formats for each software and the verified direct download links for each software with complete lisensing details.

Microsoft Windows logo image Open M4A File on Windows

Software License Developer
ACD Systems ACDSee image. ACD Systems ACDSee 2019 for Windows Commercial ACD Systems
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for Windows Commercial Adobe
Audacity image. Audacity 2.4 for Windows Open Source Audacity
Adobe Audition image. Adobe Audition CC 2019 for Windows Commercial Adobe
FMJ-Software Awave Studio image. FMJ-Software Awave Studio 10 for Windows Shareware FMJ-Software
Attractor Mobile Software Codec Packs image. Attractor Mobile Software Codec Packs 1 for Windows Commercial Attractor Mobile Software
Roxio Creator image. Roxio Creator NXT PRO 5 for Windows Commercial Roxio
Wondershare Filmora image. Wondershare Filmora 9 for Windows Commercial Wondershare
Microsoft Groove Music image. Microsoft Groove Music 1 for Windows Bundled Microsoft
Apple iTunes image. Apple iTunes 12 for Windows Freeware Apple
Samsung Kies image. Samsung Kies 3 for Windows Freeware Samsung
JRiver Media Center image. JRiver Media Center 19 for Windows Freeware JRiver
Media Player Classic image. Media Player Classic 1 for Windows Open Source Media Player Classic
NCH Software NCH Switch image. NCH Software NCH Switch 4 for Windows Commercial NCH Software
Nero image. Nero 2019 for Windows Commercial Nero
Audials One image. Audials One 2018 for Windows Commercial Audials
Corel Pinnacle Studio image. Corel Pinnacle Studio 24 for Windows Commercial Corel
CyberLink PowerDirector image. CyberLink PowerDirector 365 for Windows Commercial CyberLink
CyberLink PowerDVD image. CyberLink PowerDVD 20 for Windows Commercial CyberLink
Apple QuickTime Player image. Apple QuickTime Player 10 for Windows Freeware Apple
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud image. RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud 16 for Windows Freeware RealNetworks
ShedWorx Smart Converter image. ShedWorx Smart Converter 2 for Windows Commercial ShedWorx
Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate image. Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate 9 for Windows Commercial Aiseesoft
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate image. Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate 7 for Windows Commercial Xilisoft
VideoLAN VLC media player image. VideoLAN VLC media player 3 for Windows Open Source VideoLAN
Nullsoft Winamp image. Nullsoft Winamp 5 for Windows Freeware Nullsoft
Microsoft Windows Media Player image. Microsoft Windows Media Player 12 for Windows Bundled Microsoft

MacOs logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen M4A File on Mac OS

Software License Developer
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
Audacity image. Audacity 2.4 for MacOs Open Source Audacity
Adobe Audition image. Adobe Audition CC 2019 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
Cog image. Cog 0.07 for MacOs Open Source Cog
Eltima Elmedia Player image. Eltima Elmedia Player 6 for MacOs Freeware Eltima
Wondershare Filmora image. Wondershare Filmora 9 for MacOs Commercial Wondershare
Blackmagic Design Fusion for Mac image. Blackmagic Design Fusion for Mac 8 for MacOs Commercial Blackmagic Design
Apple iMovie image. Apple iMovie 10 for MacOs Commercial Apple
Apple iTunes image. Apple iTunes 12 for MacOs Freeware Apple
Samsung Kies image. Samsung Kies 3 for MacOs Freeware Samsung
JRiver Media Center image. JRiver Media Center 19 for MacOs Freeware JRiver
NCH Software NCH Switch image. NCH Software NCH Switch 4 for MacOs Commercial NCH Software
Roxio Popcorn image. Roxio Popcorn 4 for MacOs Commercial Roxio
CyberLink PowerDirector image. CyberLink PowerDirector 365 for MacOs Commercial CyberLink
Apple QuickTime Player image. Apple QuickTime Player 10 for MacOs Freeware Apple
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud image. RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud 16 for MacOs Freeware RealNetworks
ShedWorx Smart Converter image. ShedWorx Smart Converter 2 for MacOs Commercial ShedWorx
Roxio Toast image. Roxio Toast 18 for MacOs Commercial Roxio
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate image. Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate 7 for MacOs Commercial Xilisoft
Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate for Mac image. Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate for Mac 9 for MacOs Commercial Aiseesoft
VideoLAN VLC media player image. VideoLAN VLC media player 3 for MacOs Open Source VideoLAN
Nullsoft Winamp image. Nullsoft Winamp 5 for MacOs Freeware Nullsoft

Linux logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen M4A file on Linux

Software License Developer
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for Linux Commercial Adobe
Audacity image. Audacity 2.4 for Linux Open Source Audacity
VideoLAN VLC media player image. VideoLAN VLC media player 3 for Linux Open Source VideoLAN

Website logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen M4A file on Web

Software License Developer

iOS logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen M4A file on iOS

Software License Developer
Apple iMovie image. Apple iMovie 10 for iOS Commercial Apple
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud image. RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud 16 for iOS Freeware RealNetworks
VideoLAN VLC for iOS image. VideoLAN VLC for iOS 2 for iOS Open Source VideoLAN

Android logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen M4A file on Android

Software License Developer
CyberLink PowerDirector image. CyberLink PowerDirector 365 for Android Commercial CyberLink
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud image. RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud 16 for Android Freeware RealNetworks
Smart AudioBook Player image. Smart AudioBook Player 000 for Android Free+ Smart AudioBook Player

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M4A file extension icon image.About M4A - MPEG-4 Audio File

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Updated 5/1/2024


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