.m4a is an Apple proprietary audio format, while .wav is the default audio format of Microsoft. Sometimes, you need to change your audio files between two formats. If you are looking for a free M4A to WAV converter that could help you convert the .m4a file to .wav quickly and safely, you are in the right place.
This post will show the best and free M4A to WAV converter program that works on any platform (Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices like iPhone, iPad).
Best M4A To WAV Converters
Best three online M4A to WAV converter
There are some great online M4A to WAV converters for free. You could easily convert .m4a to .wav with few clicks. The best part of the online converter is that you don’t need to install any software program on your device, and it works for all platforms. No matter if you are using a Windows/Mac computer or Android/Apple phone, just uploading the .m4a file(s), waiting for the converting process, and then downloading the .wav file.
Here are the top 3 Online M4A to WAV converter websites I’d like to recommend:
CloudConvert is an online file converter. It supports almost all audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet, or presentation format.
Limit: Cloudconvert allows you to convert up to 25 files per day for a free user.
Convertio supports converting more than 300 different file formats.
Limit: a free user can’t convert a file over 100 MB.
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 convert, I’d like to suggest that you install M4A to WAV converting software on your computer.
Best free M4A to WAV converter (Desktop software for Windows and Mac)
If you want to convert many .m4a files at a time, FRE:AC is the best free M4A to WAV converter for you. You could download it here. Unlink other audio conversion software programs, the installation file of FRE:AC is quite 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, 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, you will find the interface like below:
- Now import your .m4a files to the converter by dragging-and-dropping the files to the blank section.
- Once you have done that, you need to choose the output format .wav from the drop-down menu. It will convert the file automatically.
- When the conversion is finished, click the “Open” button to open the output folder, you will see the converted .wav files.
With simple three steps, the FRE:AC has converted m4a to wav for you. This convert also works with other file 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:
- 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 “Import Using:” pull-down menu and choose “WAV Encoder.” Click “OK.”
- Now create a new playlist in iTunes, drag and drop .m4a files to iTunes, all files will be imported to the new playlist.
- Select songs you want to convert from the new playlist. Then click file>Convert>Create WAV Version.
- Once the conversion is completed, you could 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 little bit complex. Since Audacity is not natively supporting .m4a format, you must install extra LAME and FFMPEG library. You will get an error message when trying to import m4a to Audacity without installing the extra library.
Download the .exe file and double click it to install it.
Download the FFMPEG’s zip file and extract it.
Launch Audacity (assumed 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.
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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:
- File -> Open(select the m4a files that you want to convert.)
- File -> Export -> Exportas WAV
If you can’t import m4a files, that means you need to shut down the Audacity and re-open it. If It is still not working, you need to do the setup part again.
All in all, if you only have a few files to convert, the online converter is the best. If you have a bunch of m4a files, then desktop converting software is the best. Those m4a to wav converters are easy to use (except the Audacity setup part); no advanced computer still is required. I noticed some paid audio converting software programs, but I think the freeware is good enough for the m4a to wav converting.
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