Free M4a to MP3 Converter

Free M4a to MP3 Converter


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 139 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.2
File Size:
8.76MB
Date Added:
May 07, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
2,113,917
Downloads Last Week:
8,166
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    4.1

    out of 139 votes

    • 5 star: 87
    • 4 star: 21
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 21
  • Current Version:

    2.4

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 1 stars

    "Lots crap-ware and doesn't work for me."

    July 06, 2014   |   By Mikeymikemikey

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Didn't work. Tried to convert ma4 files to Mp3, took one second to do, so something seemed wrong. played them and windows media player couldn't open them. I have a codec pack so nothing wrong there.

    Cons

    Always, always decline to special offers in Cnet installer, and always, and I mean always, click custom install, to make sure tool-bars and other crap-ware aren't in there too.

    Summary

    Be careful people, it's free for a reason.

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  • 1 stars

    "Messed up my PC with browser hijacking software!"

    June 29, 2014

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Previous version was good. I made the mistake of trying to download the newest version. Don't know if this is any good because I'm still trying to fix all the issues installing it created so I wanted to warn others of it too. Grr...

    Cons

    As someone else says in their review, it tries its best to install everything else in the universe at the same time. I thought I managed to navigate around all of those, but no. Something called trovi.com slithered its way onto my system, hijacked every browser's search settings and disabled the possibility of changing default search engines. It had installed some kind of Search Protect or something like that, which 'protects' your search settings so they can't be changed - in other words a whole new program that makes sure you can't change their hijacked settings back to what you want. Disgusting tactics.

    Summary

    I hate these kinds of software piggybacking things. I appreciate that they are giving away a free program and are trying to get something back but this kind of thing is REALLY annoying. I'd say it's akin to vandalism, wilfully causing me damage.

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  • 1 stars

    "This Is A Download "Caddy" - BEWARE !!!!"

    June 24, 2014   |   By cdcollura

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Nice program if you AVOID making the mistake of clicking on the "install" options - Just install this program (it's tricky). Awesome otherwise and very handy (does MP3 and WAV).

    Cons

    If you click the "continue" prompts, then you'll install money grubbing malware and nagging prompts you'll NEVER be able to cleanly remove from your PC !!! I assumed these were legit - and foolish me assuming it was, because it was on CNet's site ... Got halfway through it and realized I was installing junk and not the converter and (in a panic) I closed the installer (which is called an installer 'caddy', which installs MANY other things)! Two weeks later, the malware was gone, and windows had to be re-installed ... BEWARE !!!!

    Summary

    CNet's publisher gave this a good review ... OK ... You do know this download is a "caddy" that installs (potentially) MANY other programs other than the converter? Please put that WARNING in your description!!! I did...

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  • 1 stars

    "TRICKS YOU INTO INSTALLING BAD SOFTWARE"

    June 20, 2014   |   By emdeewee

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    SOFTWRE DIDN'T EVEN WORK

    Cons

    MALWARE MALWARE MALWARE

    Summary

    I FIND IT ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE THAT A WEBSITE LIKE CNET ALLOWS FOR THESE PRACTISES WITHIN HER DOMAIN. I SPENT 3,5 HOURS SWEATING, RIDDING MY LAPTOP OF TROVI SEARCH, MALWARE SH*T WHICH PLANTS ITSELF DEEP INTO YOUR SYSTEM. ONE SECOND OF NEGLIGENCE COST ME ALMOST 4 HOURS. DISPICABLE.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works, but BE CAREFUL!!! MALWARE"

    June 19, 2014   |   By blazerino

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Works easily and well once installed.

    Cons

    Decline decline decline, then decline again. Two different windows with multiple choices where you have to watch out for installing malware of all sorts. They make it look like the decline button is greyed out (it is not) then the keep stating that you click on accept (to install malware) in order for installation to proceed. When in doubt, say NO!

    Summary

    Good luck. Read each window very very carefully during installation.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great Program - with Malware CAUTION"

    June 13, 2014   |   By rgronenb

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Does the trick when it comes to converting files but keep your Malwarebytes program handy. Once malware was blocked, no problems encountered. Converted a ton of files to MP3 with ease.

    Cons

    Malware and constant sales pitches for other software. Just be careful.

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  • 1 stars

    "DON'T INSTALL!!! This software gives malware!!!"

    June 11, 2014   |   By uh2l

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    I think the good reviews are by the creators of the malware. DO NOT INSTALL.

    I can't believe CNET let this on their site.

    Cons

    IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE MALWARE, LOTS OF THINGS TO MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO UNINSTALL

    Summary

    DON'T USE.

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  • 5 stars

    "Exactly what I wanted"

    June 09, 2014   |   By bnorml01

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Does exactly what I wanted it to do without any issues

    Cons

    None that I found for free software.

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  • 1 stars

    "It gave me malware"

    June 07, 2014   |   By CTWayne

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Don't know of any. My Avast free antivirus notified me the site had malware and it stopped the download. Too late.

    Cons

    The download process put the trovi browser hijacker on my laptop (chrome). I have spent 3 hours trying to get rid of it--so far unsuccessfully. I have always trusted CNET before, but I am shocked it would put a download on its site that includes a hijacker. I later accomplished the conversion using itunes.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS mp3 CONVERTER!

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  • 5 stars

    "Nice and clean"

    May 28, 2014   |   By SomeWats

    Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.2

    Pros

    Works as expected. Converted my AAC and M4A where others failed. A couple of files weren't converted, but then I discovered they were corrupted. All in all, it's a nice program to keep.

    Cons

    Some offers in the setup, but nothing critical, can be skipped.

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