Convert M4A to MP3 Using VLC and Its Alternative: Step-by-step Guide

Aside from playing the majority of multimedia files, VLC has many hidden features like basic editing and media file conversion. This post will detail how to convert M4A to MP3 with VLC player.

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Rocabella | Sep 22nd, 2022

VLC—Not Only a Player But Also a Simple Converter

In some cases, people need to convert M4A to MP3 and they do it mostly because of compatibility issues. But whatever the reason may be, first, you’ll need to choose a reliable audio converter. VLC media player can be a good option. Well, this free player was originally thought to play media only, but it has many additional functions other than playing video and audio, such as converting a media file, overlaying watermarks, rotating video. In this article, we will explore one of its hidden features—audio conversion, and learn how to convert M4A to MP3 VLC easily.

In the next part, we will discuss in detail how to convert M4A to MP3 using VLC.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Convert M4A to MP3 VLC

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Step 1. From the top menu, go to Media > Convert/Save. Or you can press “Ctrl + R” to bring up the Open Media dialog.

Step 2. In the Open Media window, click on the + Add button and browse for your M4A file. Then hit Open to load the target file. Then click the bottom Convert / Save button.

Tips: You’re allowed to import multiple M4A files to batch convert M4A to MP3 with VLC.

Step 3. In the Convert dialog box, select Audio-MP3 from the Profile drop-down options.

Note that If you have selected multiple M4A files, you can’t specify the destination. VLC will automatically generate the converted files to the same folder where the source files are located. You can tick off “Append ‘-converted’ to filename” to view the output files more clearly.

Step 4. Click on the Start button to begin the conversion process. VLC’s progress indicator will move and that means that the audio conversion is processing. Meanwhile, you can see the path for the output file below the progress bar.

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Step 1. Import the M4A File to Converter

Launch Free HD Video Converter Factory. Click on the Converter tab. Then simply drag the target M4A music file to the main workspace. Also, you can press the + Add Files button.

Step 2. Choose MP3 as the Output Format

On the right side of the main workspace, hit the format image to open the full list of output profiles. Then go to the Audio category, choose MP3 profile.

As you can see, you can also convert M4A to FLAC, WAV, WMA, even to a ringtone format compatible with iPhone or Android, and so forth.

Optional Step. Modify the Audio Parameters

Go to the Parameter settings to modify related parameters like bit rates, channel, sample rate, and volume.

Step 3. Hit Run to Start the Conversion

Set an output folder by clicking the triangle icon at the bottom or leave it by default. Then hit the Run button to start the conversion.


That’s all about how to convert M4A to MP3 with VLC and its great alternative Free HD Video Converter Factory. Thanks for reading!

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