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How to Convert M4A to MP4 on Windows, Mac and Online for Free

Brithny updated on Sep 16, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

M4A VS MP4:Why Do You Convert M4A to MP4

M4A stands for MPEG 4 Audio. It is often found in Apple's iTunes Store as the format of song downloads. Most programs support the playback of M4A files, including iTunes, QuickTime, Windows Media Player, and more. Compared with MP3, M4A file is better in quality and smaller in file size. As a result, M4A files sound better than MP3 files when encoded at the same bit rate.

But sometimes, you may want to convert your M4A audio to a video format - MP4. MP4 files are used with multiple stations and video players simultaneously, and they can store video, audio, and other suitable amounts of data subtitle even. It is a widespread file format due to its very own container format, and it is also used with multiple platforms such as iTunes, PlayStation, and portable PSP.

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Method 1. How to Convert M4A to MP4 on Windows 10/8/7 (Free)

There are many ways to convert M4A to MP4, but the easiest way is using a free M4A-toMP4 converter. My suggestion is EaseUS Video Editor. With this easy-to-use software, you can convert M4A to MP3, AAC, MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, and more. It has many additional highlights:

  • It only takes a few seconds to complete the conversion
  • An audio mixer software allows you to mix music like a pro
  • Audio cutting and trimming are also supported
  • This software makes video editing a piece of cake

Steps to convert M4A to MP4:

Step 1. Import the source file

Launch EaseUS Video Editor. On the home screen, you can import the source file by either clicking the "Import" option or simply dragging the video to the appropriate area.

import file

Step 2. Add to project

You need to add the imported file to the track by choosing the "Add to Project" option, or you can drag and place the file to the track as you want.

add to project

Step 3. Export the source file

Now you can click "Export" on the main menu on the top.

export

Step 4. Save as MP4

Under the "Video" tab, choose MP4 as the desired video file format.

add to project

On the right pane, you can edit the file name, customize an output folder and settings, and then click "Export".

add to project

 

Method 2. Free Convert M4A to MP4 on Mac with iTunes/VLC

If you are a Mac user, you can convert M4A to MP4 with VLC or iTunes. As I have mentioned before, both VLC and iTunes support M4A format. You can also switch to MP4 with the help of them.

1. Convert to MP4 with iTunes

Follow the steps below for your device.

Step 1. On your Mac, open the Apple Music app.

Step 2. In the menu bar, choose "Music > Preferences". Click the "Files" tab, then click "Import Settings".

Step 3. Click the menu next to "Import Using", then choose the encoding format as MP4. Then, click "OK".

Step 4. Select the songs in your library that you want to convert.

Step 5. Choose "File > Create New Version", then Create MP4 Version.

convert m4a to mp4 with itunes

The M4A files are turned into MP4 files.

2. Convert M4A to MP4 with VLC

Download and Install VLC, follow the steps below to convert M4A to MP4 with VLC. 

Website: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

Step 1. Head over to "File > Convert/Steam" to open the dialog box.

convert to mp4 with VLC

Step 2. Click "Open media" to import M4A files or drag the media into the software.

DRAG THE FILE

Step 3. In the "Choose Profile" section, select "Customize > MP4/MOV, and save the new profile.

Step 4. Select a destination and start to save M4A as MP4/MOV on Mac.

Save as mp4

Then, you have finished the M4A to MP4 conversion.

Method 3. How to Convert M4A to MP4 Online

Do you want to convert an M4A file to an MP4 file? If you don't want to download any software, convert M4A to MP4 online and free. Here are the reasons to convert to MP4 online:

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  • Convenience - There's no software to download. Just select your file, pick a format to convert to and away you go.
  • Formats - This online tool supports 1200+ file formats, more than any other converter.
  • Experience - Successfully convert files since 2006 with millions of happy customers.

Steps to convert M4A to MP4 online:

Step 1. Choose the M4A file that you want to convert.

Step 2. Select MP4 as the format you want to convert your M4A file to.

Step 3. Click "Convert" to convert your M4A file.

CONVERT m4a to mp4 online

Conclusion

There are four ways to convert M4A to MP4 for free in this post. If you are a Windows 10/8/7 user, EaseUS video editing software can do you a great favor in converting MP3 to MP4, WMV to MP4, MOV to MP4, MP4 to MP3 and more. If your files are small in size, you can use online conversion tools to help you, but be careful about data security. If you are a macOS or Max OS X user, turn to iTunes or VLC for help.

Frequently Asked Questions About M4A to MP4 Conversion

You may have some other M4A-to-MP4 conversion questions and problems, and you can read these questions and answers one by one to get additional help.

Can VLC play M4A files?

VLC Media Player is a free, open-source audio and video player and transcoder capable of converting to and from dozens of audio and video formats. Although M4A files are iTunes-specific files, VLC Media Player supports playback and conversion to other audio formats like MP3.

Can you convert M4A to MP4?

Yes, you can convert M4A to MP4 easily. Steps to convert to MP4:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Editor. On the home screen, you can import the source file by either clicking the "Import" option or simply dragging the video to the appropriate area.

Step 2. You need to add the imported file to the track by choosing the "Add to Project" option, or you can drag and place the video to the track as you want.

Step 3. Export the source file. Under the "Video" tab, choose MP4 as the desired video file format.

Is M4A the same as MP4?

MP4 and M4A files are often confused, and the two are quite similar, being both based on the MPEG-4 codec. M4A is a file comprising solely of audio, whereas MP4 may also contain video. It is a container format that can store video, audio, and subtitle data.

What will play M4A files?

Lots of programs support the playback of M4A files, including VLC, iTunes, QuickTime, Windows Media Player (v11 requires the K-Lite Codec Pack), Media Player Classic, Winamp, and very likely some other popular media player applications as well.

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