Converting m4a files in Windows 10
Recently I had to work with an audio file that was formatted as an
m4a, which is normally fine in Windows 10, but the particular software I was using had other ideas. The simplest solution seemed to be converting it to a
wav. After a quick web search, I found a great free tool - foobar2000. The website describes the software as advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform.. It certainly saved me that day I struggled with the
m4a, so let’s check it out.
Download the installer and encoders
Go ahead and download the latest stable version of foobar2000: http://www.foobar2000.org/download
Now, depending what format you want to convert your audio to, you may need some additional encoders.
wavis usually supported without anything additional, but for
mp3, or converting back to
m4a(for example) from another format, you may require some extra tools. The easiest way is to get the free foobar2000 encoder pack. Download it from here: http://www.foobar2000.org/encoderpack
Run the foobar2000 installation by launching the double clicking on the first file, for example
Now we have an option of a full installation, or a portable installation. As the wizard describes, this does not write to the registry. I went with the portable installation.
Follow the wizard prompts to complete the installation.
Next, we’ll install some encoders. Double-click the second file downloaded, for example
If you selected a portable installation in the previous steps, or if you altered the installation directory, then you’ll need to select the correct path here:
Now we can choose which encoders to install. By default all are selected, but you can pick just a couple depending on your needs.
Convert that m4a to a wav
Finally, the easy part. We’ll convert that
m4a to a
From the menu select File > Open, or hit
Ctrl + Oon the keyboard, to open a file in foobar2000
Browse to the
m4afile and click Open
Right-click on the file in foobar2000 and select Convert > Quick convert
wavformat may be selected by default. Click Convert