How to Convert MA4 to MP3
By Anna Tumadottir
Updated September 28, 2017
Items you will need
Computer with Windows OS
MA4 audio file(s)
There are several different methods available for converting audio files from MA4 format to MP3 format. This article outlines one simple method for Windows users. Other methods, available to Macintosh and Windows users, are suggested under Tips.
The Steps for Windows Users
Go to the download page for Free M4a to MP3 Converter (see Resources below for link).
Download the free software by clicking the "Download" button on the right side or bottom of the page.
Open the program after installation.
Drag and drop the files you want to convert to the program screen.
Select your desired output format (MP3) on the bottom right.
Hit "Convert" or press F5.
Open your new MP3 files to play them back. They will automatically be stored in the same folder as your input files, unless you change this setting.
You can also convert MA4 to MP3 using iTunes, but this is a longer and slightly more complicated process. If you are a Mac user, or a Windows user who would prefer a different conversion method, you can try Switch, a free audio conversion program (see Resources below for link).
Remember that it is illegal to download audio files from file-sharing websites. Always have anti-virus software installed on your computer before downloading and installing freeware from the Internet.
Anna Tumadottir has been a freelance writer and blogger since 2004. She completed her master's degree in strategic management at the University of Iceland and received her bachelors degree in political science from Macalester College in Minnesota. She has written on sports, entertainment and higher education policy.