Free M4a to MP3 Converter

Free M4a to MP3 Converter

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 132 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.3
  • Total Downloads:
    2,263,614
  • Date Added:
    September 12, 2014
  • File Size:
    10.55MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7,798
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8

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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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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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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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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1 stars

"Bad Malware"

April 23, 2014  |  By Hart8210

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.1

Pros

none; never got to try.

Cons

Beware: Conduit malware

Summary

Wouldn't install anyway, but honestly I didn't try very hard as the hellish Conduit malware was installed sneakily (I was careful to watch during install in order not to miss anything). Anyone who has had to spend hours removing Conduit and it's related crap knows how annoying this is, and it is unacceptable for CNET and Maniac Tools to have this available to download, even for "free".

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3 stars

"Works well but conduit installed."

April 15, 2014  |  By ummeli

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.1

Pros

Works as described. Reasonably speedy. Graphical interface is easy to understand.

Cons

Installed Conduit search engine despite the fact I clicked decline and so far I've been unable to uninstall it. Allowing this kind of piggy-backing -- esp when I declined it and it hid itself so I can't get rid of it -- is unethical IMHO and maybe even illegal.

Summary

I'd give it 4.5 stars, but points off for the conduit problem.

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1 stars

"It simply does not work"

April 05, 2014  |  By KorRedDevil

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.1

Pros

Nada. Nothing. The application converts m4a to nothing.

Cons

It says it converts m4a files to some mp3 files, but the resulted mp3 files have 0 bites length. The application simply does not do its job.

OS: Win 7 Home Premium

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5 stars

"Simply great!"

December 01, 2013  |  By thakur_85

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.1

Pros

Simplicity and does what it claims

Cons

None as of yet

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5 stars

"Does what I need."

November 14, 2013  |  By jjrstinson

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.1

Pros

It simply does what I needed.

Cons

As already mentioned, uncheck unwated "extras".

Summary

Thank you, nice software!

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5 stars

"woeks great"

November 03, 2013  |  By jalida

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.1

Pros

works good and very fast

Cons

many adware - make sure to uncheck ALL checkboxes if you dont wabr ny of it to be installed

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5 stars

"Works like a charm"

October 30, 2013  |  By MElmo9

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.1

Pros

Easy to use. Fast even in high quality. Transfers ID3tag info

Cons

Be carefull during instalation. Uncheck unwanted programs

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.3
[+] Improved M4a to MP3 conversion. [-] Fixed some bugs.
General
Publisher ManiacTools
Publisher web site http://www.ManiacTools.com
Release Date September 12, 2014
Date Added September 12, 2014
Version 8.3
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.55MB
File Name m4a-to-mp3-converter.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,263,614
Downloads Last Week 7,798
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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