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Not only can you convert your file at any time, but you can also reach out to our dedicated support team, who work all year round.

Examples of just some of the new conversion types we

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Examples of just some of the new conversion types we've added lately include converting a scanned PDF to TXT and converting a GIF to an MP4!

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You’ll find all the conversion and compression tools you need, all in one place, at Zamzar. With over 1100 file-conversion types supported, whether you need to convert videos, audio, documents or images, you’ll easily find what you need and soon have your files in the formats and sizing that work for you.

MP3 Audio Format

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MP3 goes by the full name of MPEG Audio Layer-3 and is perhaps the most widely used audio file around today. MP3 is a file format developed by the Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) which uses compression to produce smaller file sizes. The type of compression used means some data is lost, but typically audio playback quality is not obviously impacted, especially when recording files at higher bitrates. Other popular audio formats, such as WAV, can be up to 10 times the size of an equivalent MP3 file. Almost all applications are able to open MP3 files including Windows Media Player and iTunes on macOS. The MP3 file format famously exploded in popularity during the '90s and '00s as music moved online and become digitised.

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M4A Audio Format

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An M4A file format is also called an MPEG-4 audio file, and is an audio file saved in the MPEG-4 standard. It was developed by Apple, largely as a result of the popularity of the MP3 file. An M4A file is the go-to audio format for compressed audio, due to the creation and popularity of iTunes.

M4A files tend to be encoded using an AAC codec and are small in size because they have been compressed - often providing a smaller file-size footprint than an MP3 file format, while mirroring, if not improving, the quality of an MP3 file. As more and more music was consumed on the go via devices such as iPods and smartphones, the need for small file sizes became greater, which is why an M4A file has grown in popularity and importance.

One downside of an M4A file, especially when compared to an MP3 format, is that it can only be opened by iTunes or Windows Media Player version 12 and later. By comparison, an MP3 file is universally supported.

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How to convert a MP3 to a M4A file?

  1. 1. Choose the MP3 file that you want to convert.
  2. 2. Select M4A as the the format you want to convert your MP3 file to.
  3. 3. Click "Convert" to convert your MP3 file.

Frequently asked questions

If you’ve got any questions about converting or compressing files with Zamzar, we’re happy to help! We’ve answered a few commonly-asked questions below, to get you started, and you can find out more information about file conversion and compression with Zamzar, in our Help centre.

There are several ways to convert MP3 to M4A, including with free online tools like Zamzar. To convert files with Zamzar’s website, just upload your MP3 tracks to the three-step conversion tool, select M4A then ‘Convert Now’ and download your new tracks when they’re ready.

It’s also possible to convert files with iTunes or Apple Music if they’re installed on your device, using the ‘Preferences’ and ‘Import Settings’ options. Another option is to use a media player like VLC to convert files. However, an advantage of using a website like Zamzar is that you can convert from MP3 to M4A without installing extra software.

There are a few ways you can convert MP3 to M4A on Mac, including by using the Apple Music app or by using a free online conversion tool like Zamzar. To convert MP3 tracks using Apple Music, you need to import them into your library first. Go to the ‘Music’ tab in the menu bar and then ‘Settings’. Then open the ‘Import Settings’ tab and amend to ‘Import Using M4A’. Then select your songs and use ‘File’ followed by ‘Convert’ to change them into M4A format.

With Zamzar you can convert in just three steps – upload your files to the website, convert them to M4A and then download the new files. Quick and easy!

M4A is sometimes considered a better format for digital music than MP3 because you can get smaller file sizes for the same sound quality (or better). M4A is also optimised for iTunes, so you may prefer to convert your music to this format. You can use the iTunes or Apple Music import settings to convert from MP3 to M4A, but you can also use online conversion tools like Zamzar.

The tool on Zamzar’s website is free for most users and takes just a few clicks to convert your files. Upload your MP3 files to the online tool, click to convert them into M4A, and then download your new files.

A simple way to make an M4A file is to use a free online conversion tool like Zamzar, or to install and use a media player. Zamzar’s website is free for most users – just upload one or more audio tracks to the online tool, select to convert them into M4A format, and then download the new versions. If you have iTunes, Apple Music, or VLC media player on your device, you can also use these to create M4A files from MP3 and some other formats.

To convert MP3 to M4A in iTunes you will need to import the songs into your library first. You will then need to change your import settings to ‘Import Using M4A’ (found under Edit > Preferences > Import Settings). Then select your songs and choose ‘File’ followed by ‘Convert’ to change them to the new format.

You can also convert files quickly without iTunes by using file conversion software or websites like Zamzar. To convert MP3 to M4A with Zamzar, you only need to upload your files, select M4A, then ‘Convert Now’, before downloading the new files. You can convert more than one file at once and it’s free for most users.