How to Convert M4A to WMA & MP3

By Lisa Porter

M4A is an audio file format known as the Apple Lossless Audio format. Apple's iTunes media player uses M4A as its default file format. You can convert M4A files to WMA (Windows Media Audio File) format for easier use with Windows systems, or to the even more common and more compressed MP3 file format. You can convert M4A files to MP3 files in iTunes, or you can convert them to either MP3 or WMA format using a file converter. You can purchase file converters or download them in a limited free trial from a variety of websites. Follow the same steps to convert your M4A files with any of these programs.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes
  • File converter

Convert M4A to MP3 in iTunes

Step 1

Open iTunes. Go to the "iTunes" menu at the top of the screen and select "Preferences." A new window will open.

Step 2

Click "Import Settings" on the "General" tab in the preferences window.

Step 3

Select "MP3 Encoder" in the "Import Using" drop-down menu. Click "OK."

Step 4

Find the M4A song you want to convert to MP3 format, and highlight it.

Step 5

Go to the "Advanced" menu at the top of the screen and select "Create MP3 Version." The MP3 version of the song will appear in your music library.

Convert M4A to MP3 or WMA Using a File Converter

Step 1

Open the file converter program or website. You can find a list of these in "Resources" below.

Step 2

Click "Add File" or "Choose File" and find the M4A file on your computer you want to convert. Click "OK."

Step 3

Select "M4A" or "Apple Lossless Audio File (.m4a)" in the "Input Format" drop-down menu if the program does not automatically detect the file's format.

Step 4

Select "MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3 (.mp3)" or "Windows Media Audio File (.wma)" in the "Output Format" or "Save File As" drop-down menu.

Step 5

Click "OK" to begin converting the file. You might have to agree to the program's terms and conditions first.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only purchase or download software once you're sure it is compatible with your computer.