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Mp3 To M4a Conversion?


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#1 larkspur

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 10:09 PM

Convert an MP3 to M4A?

... OK, I have seen stuff on the web about it, of-course, and the hits all offer software downloads & such, promising UBER conversion etc. I just decided to trust this site more.

My question should be: Which software is recommended for the task? Would anyone happen to know of a safe download (& where to find it)?

Edited by larkspur, 27 January 2007 - 09:12 PM.


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Posted 26 January 2007 - 10:47 PM

You can convert .mp3 to .m4a.

Do a search on the search engines and there are tons of information on how to do it.

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 09:14 PM

MP3 to M4A = Bad Idea

If anyone else is interested, I have since learned that it's a bad idea to convert an MP3 to M4A, though, I suppose it is probably possible. Transcoding from one compression to another isn't recommended, as much loss and distortion is caused in translation. Makes sense.

I have had Winamp 5.32 player recommended to me. Comments?

Edited by larkspur, 27 January 2007 - 10:51 PM.


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Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:25 AM

what's the natural player for m4a anyway ?

when i use windows media player, it detects it as other files, instead of audio files. while i know that m4a is audio file, is it a better compression ?
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 03:59 PM

- As far as I know, M4A is a better compression than MP3. It's quite new. I can't find any evidence of Windows Media player having anything to do with M4A either... Maybe an update will become available for that(?). I have had Winamp 5.32 player recommended to me for playing & converting M4A, though I haven't tried it yet. My Sony Ericsson phone plays them.

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 04:19 PM

Files in .M4A format are actually the audio layer of (non-video) MPEG 4 movies. M4A is slated to become the new standard for audio file compression. This format is also known as Apple Lossless, Apple Lossless Encoder, or ALE. It is a new codec designed to provide lossless encoding in less storage space.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 09:11 PM

I can't find any evidence of Windows Media player having anything to do with M4A either... Maybe an update will become available for that(?). I have had Winamp 5.32 player recommended to me for playing & converting M4A, though I haven't tried it yet.


I have MP4 AAC audio files that I want to listen to... have you tried that player yet?

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:25 PM

Answering my last post here ... :thumbsup:

I downloaded the Winamp 5.32 player and it worked fine.

But can I convert mp4 to mp3 (only bc I have no mp4 player).




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