Summary: Here are 5 methods to convert M4A to WAV on Windows and Mac incl. using VLC, Audacity, online tools... To keep the original audio quality without sacrificing the conversion speed, we recommend using the most powerful converter, VideoProc Converter.
What is M4A? M4A files are encoded with lossy Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) or Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), which helps a lot to reduce the file size. But the problem is that M4A is compatible with just a small number of devices and platforms, mainly Apple-owned ones, like iTunes, iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.
To make it playing on more devices and platforms, converting M4A to WAV would be a good option. And in this guide, we will show you 5 methods using M4A to WAV converters. Check them now.
1. How to Convert M4A to WAV in VideoProc Converter
VideoProc Converter is a fast M4A to WAV media converter and a robust video converter that specializes in all types of media file format conversion. With support of full GPU acceleration, audio and video files can be batch converted in seconds or minutes without any quality loss, for sure. Both commonly used audio file formats and obscure ones are covered by it, like M4A, WMV, MP3, M4R, AAC, FLAC, OGG, etc. Besides, it is built in with powerful audio/video editor and recorder.
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Step 1. Add music files to the list.
Click Video > + Music to add M4A file(s) to the list, or you can simply drag and drop the music file into the centerboard.
Step 2. Start converting M4A to WAV.
After loading up all M4A files, select Music in the section of Target Format. And then choose WAV.
Step 3. Run the conversion process.
Click Browse to set an output destination for the generated WAV file(s). And then hit RUN to start to convert M4A to WAV in batch or not.
A Few More Things That You Can Do With VideoProc Converter M4A to WAV Converter
- 1. Click Option to open the parameter adjustment panel for getting full control over the exported WAV file.
- Move the quality slider left or right to get a lower or higher quality.
- Go to the Audio Codec section to enter the desired Audio Codec, Sample Rate, and Bit Rate information.
- Click Name & Tag to adjust the Output Name, Song Name, Artist, Album, and Genre, etc.
- 2. Choose another audio format on the Target Format tab for converting M4A to MP3, M4R, AAC, OGG, FLAC, and more.
- 3. Press Merge if you need to joint multiple M4A files into one.
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2. How to Convert M4A to WAV in iTunes
Apple iTunes is a default app on Mac. You can use it to convert M4A to WAV on Mac for free. Suprisingly, it can also work as an M4A to WAV converter for Windows users. Follow the steps below to find out how to use it make the job done.
Step 1. Launch iTunes, Click on Preference from the Edit menu. Go to General > Import Settings.
Step 2. Choose WAV Encoder in the drop-down menu next to the Import Using. Save the change by clicking on OK. Now you can change the M4A file to WAV format. Keep reading.
Step 3. If the M4A file has already existed in iTunes library, you can just choose File > Convert > Create WAV Version, then another WAV version of this file would be displayed in iTunes Library;
However, if the M4A files are not in iTunes library, the operation would be a little different. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, and click File > Convert > Convert to WAV. Then it would ask you to locate and import the M4A files. Just choose the files and click Open button. iTunes will change them in WAV format and show them in library.
Step 4. Now you just need to jump to the library folder and find the converted files. Have no idea where it is? Click on Edit > Preference > Advanced in iTunes, and you will see the folder path.
3. How to Convert M4A to WAV in Audacity
Audacity is an open-source audio editor that also allows you to convert M4A to WAV on Windows, Mac, and Linux without paying a penny. But before everything gets started, you have to download FFmpeg Library, Because The FFmpeg library allows Audacity to import and export a much larger range of audio formats, M4A included.
Step 1. Go to here to get the FFmpeg installation file. Normally when you have FFmpeg installed on your computer, Audacity would automatically detect the library and you have no need to do another thing.
If it fails detecting the library, just launch Audacity, go to the menu bar to click Edit > Preferences, select Libraries on the pop-up dialog window, and click the Locate button to do it manually.
Note. Some of you may also need to have an LAME MP3 library installed on your computer. The process is the same as installing the FFmpeg library.
Step 2. Launch Audacity again. Go to File > Open and select M4A file(s) you want to convert.
Step 3. Click on File on the menu bar and select Export > Export as WAV.
Step 4. Set an easy-to-found position as the output file folder.
Step 5. Click on OK to save changes. On the pop-up Edit Metadata panel, press OK again to start the conversion process.
4. How to Convert M4A to WAV in VLC Media Player
Even though VLC works as a media player, we can also use it for M4A to WAV conversion. And here are the detailed steps.
Step 1. Launch VLC on your computer, click on Media tab > Convert / Save.
Step 2. In the new window, click +Add button to locate the M4A file and import it. Then choose Convert / Save button again.
Step 3. On the new panel, press the Create a new profile button which can be found next to the red X button. It will lead you to the page with more video and audio formats options.
Step 4. On the pop-up panel, enter WAV as the Profile Name. Next, you choose Encapsulation > WAV. After that, press Audio codec, tick up the option box of Audio, and choose WAV as the audio codec. If necessary, adjust the audio sample rate to 44100Hz. Next, you click on Save to go back to the previous window.
Step 5. Choose WAV from the available profile. Afterwards, you choose the destination path and click Start button.
5. How to Convert M4A to WAV Online
Online tools are becoming popular among users, since they require no downloading and installing some files. It is quite convenient. Here we recommend you Zamzar as an great choice.
Step 1. Open this tool in your browser on your Windows 11/10 or Mac computer.
Step 2. Load your M4A files by clicking on the Add File button. You can import multiple files. However, you need to know that Zamzar only allows users to convert 2 files a day for free. For converting more files, you have to upgrade your account, with three options, basic plan with $9/month, pro plan with $16/month, and business plan with $25/month.
Step 3. After files imported, click the Convert button to start processing.
Step 4. Wait for Zamzar finishing the converting, and then just download the converted files to your computer.
Over to You
Now we finish all 5 methods on converting M4A to WAV and just choose the one you prefer. Still have no clue? If you want do it in batch, then VideoProc Converter would be the best option; if you prefer free software, iTunes, Audacity and VLC would be great; if you do not want to downloading any installation file, then go to the online way.