How To Convert M4A To WAV: Online, Desktop, and iTunes Methods For Free

Do you need to convert your audio files from one format to another? You might have some files in .m4a, which is an Apple-specific format, or in .wav, which is the standard format for Microsoft. If you want to switch between these formats for free, you have come to the right place.

In this post, we will introduce you to the best M4A to WAV converter tool that works on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS (including iPhone and iPad).

 

Best 3 Online M4A to WAV Converter

Free online M4A to WAV converters let you change the format of your audio files in a few clicks. You don’t need to install anything on your device, and they work on any platform. Just upload your .m4a file(s), wait for the conversion, and download your .wav file.

Here are the top 3 Online M4A to WAV converter websites I’d like to recommend:

Cloudconvert

CloudConvert is an online file converter. It supports almost all audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet, or presentation formats.

Website: https://cloudconvert.com/m4a-to-wav

Limit: Cloudconvert allows you to convert up to 25 files daily for a free user.

Convertio

Convertio supports converting more than 300 different file formats.

Website: https://convertio.co/

Limit:  a free user can’t convert a file over 100 MB.

online M4A To WAV converter

ZAMZAR

Website: https://www.zamzar.com/convert/m4a-to-wav/

ZAMZAR has been a comprehensive online converter since 2006. You could convert any format, including audio, video, photo, and document.

Limit: Max file size is only 50MB for a free user.

If you have a small amount of .m4a files that need to convert to .wav, the online M4A to WAV converter is best for you. However, if you have many files that need to be converted, I suggest you install M4A to WAV converting software on your computer.

 

Best Free M4A to WAV Converter For Windows and Mac

If you want to convert many .m4a files simultaneously, FRE: AC is your best free M4A to WAV converter. You can download it here. Unlink other audio conversion software programs, the installation file of FRE: AC is relatively small(less than 20MB), so you don’t need to worry about the space it will take on your memory space. It supports all leading operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux.

How to convert M4A to WAV with FRE: AC

Download FRE: AC here for free and install it on your computer.

Launch the FRE: AC, and you will find the interface below:

  1. Now import your .m4a files to the converter by dragging and dropping the files into the blank section.
  2. Once done, you must choose the output format .wav from the drop-down menu. It will convert the file automatically.
  3. When the conversion is finished, click the “Open” button to open the output folder, and you will see the converted .wav files.

With simple three steps, the FRE: AC has converted m4a to wav for you. This converts also works with other formats, including MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV, and Bonk audio formats.

 

How to Convert M4A to WAV with iTunes

If you already have iTunes installed on your computer, you could convert m4a to wav with iTunes. So you don’t need to install extra audio converter software.

Now I will show you how to convert from m4a to wav. Please follow the below steps:

  1. Open your iTunes from your desktop. You are accessing the “Preferences…” option from the “Edit” menu. Or you could do it by using the shortcut “Ctrl+,

Go to the “Import Settings” on the “General” tab. Click the “Import Using:” pull-down menu and choose “WAV Encoder.” Click “OK.”

  1. Now create a new playlist in iTunes, drag and drop .m4a files to iTunes, and all files will be imported to the new playlist.
  2. Select songs you want to convert from the new playlist. Then click file>Convert>Create WAV Version.

  1. Once the conversion is completed, you can find the converted music in “recently added” on the left bar.

 

How to Convert M4A to WAV with Audacity

If you want to convert .m4a to .wav with Audacity, that will be a bit complex. Since Audacity does not natively support the .m4a format, you must install extra LAME and FFMPEG libraries. You will get an error message when trying to import m4a to Audacity without installing the additional library.

 

Download the .exe file and double-click it to install it. Setup Audacity:

LAME: https://lame.buanzo.org/#lamewindl.

FFMPEG: https://lame.buanzo.org/#lamewindl

Download the FFMPEG zip file and extract it.

Launch Audacity (assuming you have installed it), click on Edit> Preferences>Library, select the Locate button next to the FFMPEG library, and navigate it avformat-55.dll in the folder where you extracted FFMPEG.

If you need a video guide, please visit here.

Two steps to convert m4a to wav with Audacity

Once you have done the setup, now you can convert m4a to wav with Audacity with two steps:

  1. File -> Open(select the m4a files you want to convert.)
  2. File -> Export -> Exportas WAV

If you can’t import m4a files, you need to shut down Audacity and re-open it. If It is still not working, you need to do the setup part again.

 

Summary

Whether you have a few or many files to convert, we have the right option for you. For a small number of files, you can use the online converter, which is fast and convenient. For a large number of files, you can download the desktop converting software, which is more efficient and reliable.

Both options are simple to use and do not require any advanced computer skills. You don’t need to pay for any software, as the freeware can handle the m4a to wav conversion very well.

We hope you find this helpful. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

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Henrik Lykke

Henrik Lykke

Henrik Lykke is a passionate music enthusiast and tech writer with over five years of experience in the field. His love for music and understanding of technology seamlessly blend together, creating informative and engaging content for readers of all technical levels.

Henrik's expertise spans across a diverse range of multimedia tools and services, including music streaming platforms, audio recording software, and media conversion tools. He leverages this knowledge to provide practical advice and insightful reviews, allowing readers to optimize their digital workflows and enhance their audio experience.

Prior to joining Cinch Solutions, Henrik honed his writing skills by contributing to renowned tech publications like TechRadar and Wired. This exposure to a global audience further refined his ability to communicate complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Henrik enjoys exploring the vast landscape of digital music, discovering new artists, and curating the perfect playlists for any occasion. This dedication to his passions fuels his writing, making him a trusted source for music and tech enthusiasts alike.
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