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File extension M4A

The most common cause of problems with opening the M4A file is simply the lack of appropriate applications installed on your computer. In this case, it is sufficient to find, download and install an application that supports the M4A file format - this type of programs are available below.

File type MPEG-4 Compressed Audio Format
Developer Apple



It should be noted that some coded data from files that your computer does not read can be sometimes previewed in a Notepad. This way, we will read passages of a text or numbers. It is worth checking if this method can also be applied to the M4A files.

What should be done when an application from the list has already been installed?

Often, an installed application should automatically link to a M4A file. If it did not happen, the M4A file can be linked with the newly installed application manually. Simply right-click on the M4A file, then from the available list select "Choose default program". Next, select "Browse" and find the application you selected. These changes have to be confirmed by pressing the "OK" button.

Programs that can open the M4A file

  • iTunesiTunes
  • QuickTime PlayerQuickTime Player
  • Windows Media PlayerWindows Media Player
  • WinampWinamp
  • RealPlayerRealPlayer
  • Media Player ClassicMedia Player Classic
  • VLC media playerVLC media player
  • MediaMonkeyMediaMonkey
  • ZuneZune
  • Adobe Premiere ProAdobe Premiere Pro
  • Awave StudioAwave Studio
  • Nero SoundTraxNero SoundTrax
  • Helium Music ManagerHelium Music Manager
  • QuickTimeQuickTime
  • Xilisoft iPod RipXilisoft iPod Rip
  • Freemake Audio ConverterFreemake Audio Converter
  • Free Mp3 Wma ConverterFree Mp3 Wma Converter
  • Freemake Video ConverterFreemake Video Converter
  • Any Audio ConverterAny Audio Converter
  • Adobe Media EncoderAdobe Media Encoder
  • ImTOO DPG ConverterImTOO DPG Converter
  • Agree MP3 to Ringtone ConverterAgree MP3 to Ringtone Converter
  • DRM Media ConverterDRM Media Converter
  • Nero Multimedia SuiteNero Multimedia Suite
Mac OS
  • iTunesiTunes
  • QuickTime PlayerQuickTime Player
  • RealPlayerRealPlayer
  • WavePadWavePad
  • CogCog
  • VLC media playerVLC media player
  • Aimersoft DVD RipperAimersoft DVD Ripper
  • Wondershare Video ConverterWondershare Video Converter
  • MaxMax
  • Aimersoft Video ConverterAimersoft Video Converter
  • FLV CrunchFLV Crunch
  • VLC media playerVLC media player
  • VLC media player for AndroidVLC media player for Android

Why can’t I open the M4A file?

However, problems with the M4A files can also have a different background. Sometimes even the software, installed on your computer, that supports the M4A files does not solve the problem. The reason for the fact that the M4A file can’t be opened and used can also be:

- an incorrect link to the M4A file in the registry entries
- corruption of a M4A file, that you want to open
- infection of a M4A file (viruses)
- insufficient computer hardware resources
- drivers out of date
- accidental deletion of the M4A file from the Windows registry
- incomplete installation of the program that supports a M4A file?

Solving these problems should allow the free opening and working with the M4A files. If the computer still has problems with the files, use the services of an expert who will diagnose a specific cause.

My computer does not show file extensions, what should I do?

In the standard Windows settings, a computer user cannot see the M4A file extension. However, you can successfully change this in the settings. Just go to "Control Panel" and select "Appearance and Personalization". Then, go to the "Folder Options" and open the "View" tab. On the "View" tab, you will find "Hide extensions for known file types" – you should mark this option and confirm by pressing "OK". At this point, the extension of all files, including the M4A files should be displayed after the file name.