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File extension.m4a
CategoryMusic File
DescriptionM4A files are a type of audio file developed and popularised by Apple. Since 2007, music purchased through the iTunes store has been in m4a format, therefore accounting for over 15 billions files worldwide. MP4 and M4A files are often confused, and the two are quite similar, being both based on the MPEG-4 codec. However, M4A is a file comprising solely of audio, whereas MP4 may also contain video.
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Technical DetailsM4A files are superior to MP3 in terms of the scale of compression and audio quality. The M4A file uses Apple's codec and resides within the MPEG-4 container. The main benefit of M4A is that files are compressed but are lossless. This means they can be decoded back to the original quality they were at the point of compression. Another benefit of M4A files are that do not carry any Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection associated with other files meaning they are less restricted.
Associated programs Apple QuickTime Player
Apple iTunes
Microsoft Windows Media Player
Developed by Apple
MIME type  audio/mp4a-latm
Useful links Detailed guide to M4A
More detail on the MPEG4 format
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Convert M4A file

Using Zamzar it is possible to convert M4A files to a variety of other formats:

m4a to aac (Advanced Audio Coding File)
m4a to ac3 (AC3 Audio File)
m4a to flac (Free Lossless Audio Codec)
m4a to m4r (iPhone Ringtone File)
m4a to mp3 (Compressed audio file)
m4a to mp4 (MPEG-4 Video File)
m4a to ogg (Ogg Vorbis Compressed Audio File)
m4a to wav (Windows audio file)
m4a to wma (Windows Media Audio)

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File extension.mp3
CategoryMusic File
DescriptionMP3 is a digital music format which allows CD tracks to be reduced to around a tenth of their normal size without a significant loss of quality. MP3 gets rid of a lot of the information recorded in a song that our ears are not able to hear and then uses complex algorithms to reduce the file size. This then enables you to get hundreds of songs on to a CD and it also has opened up a new market over the internet - the download market as download times have been significantly reduced.
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Technical DetailsThe MP3 format is a lossy format. That means that an MP3 file does not contain 100% of the original audio information. Instead, MP3 files use perceptual coding. In other words, that means it removes the information that your ear doesn't notice thereby making the file smaller. The reason lossy formats are used over raw is that raw audio files are too large to travel over the internet at any great speed. By using lossy formats it enables even dial up users to download mp3 files at a reasonable speed. Raw file formats generally require 176,000 bytes per second compared to a lossy format which requires 17,600. The difference is massive and so are the download times.
Associated programs RealOne
WinAmp
Windows Media Player
iTunes
Developed by Moving Picture Experts Group
MIME type  audio/mpeg
Useful links Further information on MP3 files
How MP3 files work
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