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How to convert a M4A to a FLAC file?

  1. Choose the M4A file that you want to convert.
  2. Select FLAC as the the format you want to convert your M4A file to.
  3. Click "Convert" to convert your M4A file.

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M4A M4A (Audio)

File extension .m4a
Category Audio File
Description M4A audio files were developed to enable easy sharing of digital music, audiobook content, podcasts. It was generally intended as the successor to MP3 and the file quality is better and file sizes smaller compared to MP3 files. M4A files sound better than MP3 files when encoded at the same bit rate due to some of the enhancements. It's the default audio format for Apple products, Nintendo products, Android, Blackberry, PlayStation, and many in-dash music systems in cars.
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Technical Details M4A is a file encoded with advanced audio coding (AAC) and is implemented with AAC compression standards or ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) specifications. This effectively means that they can be decoded back to their original quality they were at the point of compression. It was developed by Apple and it only contains audio data, rather than MP4 which contains both audio and video. An added benefit of M4A files are that they do not carry any Digital Rights Management protection.
Associated programs
  • Apple iTunes
  • VLC
  • Apple QuickTime Player
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android Tablet
  • Android Phones
Developed by Apple
MIME type
  • audio/m4a
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FLAC FLAC (Audio)

File extension .flac
Category Audio File
Description Free Lossless Audio Codec, or FLAC for short, is an audio compression technique. It is a lossless compression type meaning that the compression takes place without data being discarded. FLAC is an open source codec. FLAC is a format that is recommended to those backing up a CD collection because the sound quality will remain high, whereas MP3 compression will result in a deterioration compared to the original.
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Technical Details Using FLAC to compress an audio file to approximately 50% of its original size. The main benefits of a FLAC file in addition to it being lossless is that it can be used for streaming, and decoding is fast, allowing for real time decoding to take place. A FLAC file also contains several data integrity checks in the header file. The metadata associated with the audio has been future proofed also to allow new fields to be defined without impacting existing decoders.
Associated programs
  • Windows Media Player
  • VLC Media Player
  • Real Player
Developed by Xiph.Org Foundation
MIME type
  • audio/x-flac
  • audio/flac
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