What is a .M4A File And How To Open It – Apple

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .m4a extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .m4a file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .M4A file?

The file extension .M4A is from MPEG-4 Audio File.This file extension belongs to the developer Apple. The file has the binary format, and it is a audio related file.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .m4a file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .M4A file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .M4A file on various operating systems.

How to open a .M4A file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .m4a file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the VideoLAN VLC media player software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Apple iTunes, Microsoft Windows Media Player, Nullsoft Winamp, Media Player Classic and VideoLAN VLC media player.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .M4A file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the VideoLAN VLC media player software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .M4A file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .m4a file on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Eltima Elmedia Player software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Apple iTunes, Apple QuickTime Player, VideoLAN VLC media player and Eltima Elmedia Player software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .M4A file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Eltima Elmedia Player software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .M4A file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .m4a file on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the VideoLAN VLC media player software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: VideoLAN VLC media player.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .M4A file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the VideoLAN VLC media player software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .M4A file on Android

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .m4a file on Android in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .M4A file in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Videolabs VLC for Android software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. You could also download the Videolabs VLC for Android software. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .M4A file?

If you cannot open the .M4A file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .M4A file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .m4b – Apple, .m4e – MPEG-4 Video File, .m4p – Apple, .m4r – Apple, .m4u – MPEG-4 Playlist. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .M4A file with the VideoLAN VLC media player, Apple iTunes, Microsoft Windows Media Player, Nullsoft Winamp, Media Player Classic programs on Windows, Eltima Elmedia Player, Apple iTunes, Apple QuickTime Player, VideoLAN VLC media player programs on Mac, VideoLAN VLC media player software on Linux and Videolabs VLC for Android software on Android.