Free M4a to MP3 Converter

Free M4a to MP3 Converter

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.4
  • Total Downloads:
    2,446,379
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 07, 2015
  • 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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1 stars

"DO NOT download. Guaranteed flood of malware"

May 21, 2015  |  By misterjessegrant

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.4

Pros

There are no pros, the editors rating is infuriating. Literally a system killer once installed.

Cons

installed at least 8 pieces of software, complete with their own branching malware, without permission. I spent a fruitless hour trying to stay a step ahead... cancelling processes, shutting down services, uninstalling programs that happily reinstalled themselves with not a peep from windows defender.
This was a BRAND NEW install of windows 8.1. This was very lucky for me as I ended up having no choice but to reinstall my OS in order to get rid of all the malicious crap. malewarebytes successfully got rid of 197(!) pieces of maleware but did not catch everything.

This is the last piece of software I will ever download from a cnet-owned website. This once trustworthy company should be completely ashamed.

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1 stars

"Malware installed"

May 08, 2015

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.4

Pros

No pros at all. Downloaded from site not cnets installer

Cons

Installed 2 programs and hijacked chrome browser. Beware if you install it. They also said if you register an email for their newsletter you can get a code to take away ads. I waited 2 hours and still nothing.

Summary

I wouldn't buy software from this company if it was for a $1 donation. I am very saddened by CNET's approval of such software.

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1 stars

"HOLY MALWARE"

April 26, 2015  |  By monkbr

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.4

Pros

WOW it came with an additional program I had never given permission to be installed!

Cons

And that program's name iiiis malware!

Summary

Not just couldn't did what it told it could, it's also installed malware. WOW

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1 stars

"Danger: malware"

April 18, 2015  |  By sgonzalez333

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.4

Pros

Does a good job at converting M4A files to various formats

Cons

It installs various malware programs which run in the background, which cannot be terminated with Task Manager and which crash the uninstaller if you try to remove them.

Summary

Bottom line: unless you plan on formatting your hard drive after converting the files, avoid this program. Too much crap infects your computer

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3 stars

"Limit to conversion length"

April 04, 2015  |  By typhooned

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.4

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

Limit to conversion length

Summary

I tried to convert some songs to mp3 and it only converted the first 3 minutes of each song. It was easy to use, though...

Updated on Apr 4, 2015

***Previous review for wrong product.*** This one works great!!

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1 stars

"DOWNLOADER THREAT!! WhAt has happened to CNET!?"

March 29, 2015  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.4

Pros

NONE! I HATE LIARS WHO CLAIM A "FREE" PRODUCT THEN FILL IT MALWARE/ADWARE!
AND YES! I downloaded it DIRECTLY from the manufacturer not using CNET's screwed-up adware installer

Cons

When I download this version it alerted me of threat. It was unable to FIX the file, but had to REMOVE it. l

Summary

SHAME CNET has gone so far down as to rate this spyware "EXCELLENT"!? They USED TO guarantee against this. AND YES! To all the ***** on here that ASSUME everyone is such an idiot as to use CNET'S installer. I downloaded it DIRECTLY from the manufacturer not using CNET's screwed-up adware installer

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1 stars

"Browser Hijack"

January 24, 2015  |  By nzcdog

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.4

Pros

Used to be cool, I used previous versions frequently

Cons

Now it hijacks your browser, and is a real PITA to remove

Summary

Avoid this software, find an alternative. Waste of my time

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1 stars

"Beware of browser hijacking!"

January 22, 2015

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.4

Pros

Will convert your files for "free" but with a cost of adware and browser hijacking.

Cons

Will convert your files for "free" but with a cost of adware and browser hijacking.

Summary

Go elsewhere. DO NOT INSTALL

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5 stars

"Perfect for converting m4b audiobooks to mp3"

January 22, 2015  |  By capevelvet1

 |  Version: Free M4a to MP3 Converter 8.4

Pros

I love this program.It's perfect for converting m4b audiobooks to mp3.I have never had any problems using this program.

Cons

Absolutely none

Summary

i would like to point out that the staff editors review above is incorrect as this program definitely does convert m4b used by audiobooks.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.4
Version 8.4 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher ManiacTools
Publisher web site http://www.ManiacTools.com
Release Date January 07, 2015
Date Added January 07, 2015
Version 8.4
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.66MB
File Name m4a-to-mp3-converter.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,446,379
Downloads Last Week 6,613
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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