How to Convert M4A to MP3 on Mac Quickly

For better compatibility, you may need to convert files between different formats at one time or another. If you want to convert M4A to MP3 on Mac but do not know how to do it, read this guide and you will know how to get it done.

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Updated on Nov 03, 2023

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M4A does outperform MP3 in terms of audio quality and file size. All the benefits, however, become just decorations if we can play the M4A file. You won't be concerned about the M4A audio playing issue after switching to MP3. Following are the details.


The primary distinction between MP3 and M4A is that M4A offers higher audio quality than MP3 does. Since MP3 was the first to market, M4A is the MP3's replacement. While M4A compresses the audio file with the same bit rate but in a lesser size, MP3 files have a big audio file size.

How to Convert M4A to MP3 Using Apple Music

Although it's not that simple, there is a way to utilize iTunes to convert audio files, not many people are aware of this. Regardless, here's how to use Apple music to convert a file to an MP3:

Step 1. Open the Music app.

Step 2. Select "Open Preferences."

Step 3. Select "Files" > "Import Settings".

Step 4. Select "MP3 Encoder" as the Import Method and click "OK."

Step 5. Upload your "M4A" file to iTunes.

Step 6. After choosing it, choose "File" > "Convert" > Create "MP3" Version.

Step 7. Locate the freshly produced file in your library (the old file will still be intact).

How to convert M4A to MP3 with Apple Music

How to Convert M4A to MP3 Online Using Zamzar

Zamzar is also an online database converter that works with many different file types. It lets you change files for free (up to 50 MB). It lets users convert M4A to MP3 without having to download any software and promotes over different file types that can be converted. It starts right away; you don't need a user account. It is slower than most other online file converters, but if you are unhappy with other converters or need to convert files online then Zamzar must be a try. 

The following are the steps for converting M4A to MP3 on a Mac. 

Step 1. Choose the "M4A file" that you want to convert.

Step 2. Select "MP3" as the format you want to convert your M4A file to.

Step 3. Click "Convert" to convert your M4A file.

How to convert M4A to MP3 online using Zamzar

How to Change M4A to MP3 Using EaseUS Video Converter

Since M4A is not a frequently used audio format in daily life, playing M4A files on your preferred players or devices may prove to be a little challenging. Using the safe and fast video & audio converter - Easeus Video Converter is a better choice. It is simple to convert M4A files to MP3s. Moreover, it also performs well to convert video to video, video to audio, and audio to video. Whether you want to convert MP4 to MP3 on Mac or convert M4V to MP3 on PC, it will fulfill your needs.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Converter on your computer and select the "Audio Converter" option from the left pannel. Then, add or drag your audio files to the conversion area.

Import audio file

Step 2. Click on the Settings icon to bring up a new window, from where you can select "Audio" from the top menu. Then, you can choose MP3 or other audio formats as the output format. Additionally, you are able to select the quality according to your needs. 

Output settings

Step 3. Then go back to the former interface, and click on the "Convert All" button to start the conversion.

Start conversion


By following the above methods, you can easily convert your m4a to mp3 for your comfort and ease of device you have in which m4a is not supported or showing errors during playing m4a files.  For this conversion, the EaseUS Video Converter is the most recommended method. However, you can also use Zamzar as an online audio converter and Apple Music as an offline method to convert M4A to MP3. 

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