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Free M4a to MP3 Converter

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 141 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0
  • Total Downloads:
    2,492,299
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 10, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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M4A is the file extension for MPEG-4 Audio, the audio part of your MPEG-4 videos. Apple has used the M4a (small "a") designation for several of the low-loss audio formats it's sold for years at the iTunes Store. To add to the confusion, some have digital rights management encryption, and some don't. To make a long story short, compatibility is the issue, especially for people with large MP3 collections. Maniac Tools' Free M4a to MP3 Converter does what its name indicates: it converts M4a, AAC, 3GP, and MP4 Audio files to MP3s (or WAVs) that are compatible with most media players and portables. While we're on the subject of compatibility, we should point out that Free M4A to MP3 Converter doesn't convert or play M4B files used by audiobooks.

Free M4a to MP3 Converter's simple user interface is easy to understand. It has a two-tiered toolbar, but only the top row contains buttons that activate Free M4a to MP3 Converter's features, the Add, Remove, Play, and Convert buttons. The bottom row links to other Manic utilities functionally related to Free M4a to MP3 Converter, such as ID3 Tag Editor, MP3 Splitter/Joiner, and Movienizer. We didn't try these downloads. But the M4a tool proved easy to use and capable. We changed the destination from Explorer's Music folder to our own destination; we could also specify whether we wanted the tool to save converted files in the destination folder or somewhere else. Under Output Formats, clicking the Setup button opened a simple tool for setting MP3 audio quality and some general preferences. While all this was really pretty easy, there's a good Help file. A Notifications Area on the program's menu bar popped up with notice of more of the developer's tools.

When we'd set Free M4a to MP3 Converter's options, we merely had to add our files, select the output format, and press Convert. Many a music collection contains some orphan files awaiting conversion, and we found a few without too much trouble. The converted MP3s played normally and sounded great, too, in our usual media player, though Free M4a to MP3 Converter plays files, too.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star 17
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 141 votes

    • 5 star 88
    • 4 star 20
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 22
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5 stars

"Brilliant program, works fine and it's free"

May 06, 2012  |  By ann spain

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 7.0

Pros

Installed very easily and with no extra add ons that usually you have to be careful of downloading with many programs.
This is my first time converting files and it was so simple to do.
Just drag and drop the files, and basically press go and they are converted and are automatically, unless otherwise specified, added to the original file, simples
Just exactly what I needed

Cons

Absolutely none that I have found.

Summary

I can see this being one of my favourite programs.
I just love it.
Does what it says on the box

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4 stars

"Great for converting M4A"

May 03, 2012  |  By Patrikc325

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 7.0

Pros

Works with no problems.

Cons

Does not allow the converted files to be volume leveled.

Summary

Allows M4A files to be converted to mp3 and played in Spotify.

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5 stars

"Does the job and more!"

April 28, 2012  |  By sage_donnap

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 7.0

Pros

Works great!

Cons

None so far

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5 stars

"It works great!"

April 26, 2012  |  By keia27

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 7.0

Pros

Program does what it says, convert M4a files to MP3 files.

Cons

I haven't found any cons as of yet.

Summary

The program is quick and easy to use. I didn't get any extra mess when downloading or installing the program either. I would recommend this software to any one who wants to convert M4a files.

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5 stars

"This product exceeded my expectations."

April 26, 2012  |  By Ed2397

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 7.0

Pros

Easy to use! Works great!

Cons

Can't think of any cons.

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3 stars

"no better or worse than others"

April 20, 2012  |  By skotd75

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 7.0

Pros

easy to use

Cons

like other converters when going from MP4a or ITUNES PLUS to mp3 at any bit rate or to wav the lower ends get distorted. I tried other converters and even AIFF low end was bad.

Summary

ITUNES has found a way to keep you using their devices. Before ITUNES changed to MP4a, files could be played and converted with no issues.

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5 stars

"Easy to use"

April 13, 2012  |  By MdSPSgt921

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 7.0

Pros

Simple instructions, easy to use and works just as advertised.

Cons

None to mention

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5 stars

"Easy To Use"

April 04, 2012  |  By edwin1102

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 7.0

Pros

Very fast converting m4a's to mp3. Highly recommended.

Cons

Nothing negative to say. Maybe next time this conversion will be available with other extension files instead of a separate application.

Summary

Love this application. Very useful for me!

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5 stars

"Easy to Use. Works."

March 07, 2012  |  By garne2t

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 7.0

Pros

Does the job.
Free.

Cons

Bit rate is set for you but seems OK as quality is great.

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5 stars

"It really works!"

January 28, 2012  |  By charlie4343

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 7.0

Pros

It does what is says it does. Completely audio files. Truly free.

Cons

There are none

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0
Version 7.0 improves the protected M4a to MP3 converter, adds the capability to copy album covers and lyrics when converting MP4 to MP3, adds an option to save ID3v2 in Unicode, saves MP3 bitrate and other format settings between sessions.
General
Publisher ManiacTools
Publisher web site http://www.ManiacTools.com
Release Date October 10, 2011
Date Added October 10, 2011
Version 7.0
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.3MB
File Name m4a-to-mp3-converter.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,492,299
Downloads Last Week 5,889
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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