Convert m4a to mp3
You can convert m4a music files to mp3 format very easily by using the same program that creates m4a files… iTunes! This is the easiest way that I know of to convert m4a to mp3 that doesn’t require any additional software downloads. Here’s how to do it:
Converting m4a to mp3 with iTunes
The first thing you’ll need to do is launch iTunes and change the default file type for imported audio:
* Go into the iTunes Preferences and under ‘General’ settings you will see an ‘Import Settings’ button, click that and you will see a screen like the one shown below. In this drop down menu, select MP3 Encoder and click ‘Ok’
now iTunes will create mp3 files rather than m4a.
* Now converting any of your existing m4a files to mp3 files is very easy and you can do it directly within iTunes. Simply select a song that you know is in m4a format, and right-click the song to bring up a menu. With the song selected, navigate to “Create MP3 Version”
Now give your computer a few seconds to convert the m4a file to mp3, it will appear at the top of the playlist, and also within the iTunes music folder, which by default is located in ~/Music/iTunes/
That’s it! Now you can convert those pesky m4a files to mp3 with ease.