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Three Accessible Methods to Convert M4A to AIFF with Ease

Author by Kevincy

Jun 11, 2020

Is there any way to convert .m4a music files to .aiff format? Definitely! To be honest, it's not that difficult actually. In the following content, I'll demonstrate three simple methods to make it work step by step. I promise you can pick it up at first glance. Most importantly, it won't cost you a cent.

Now that you are here, you may also have the need to turn M4A files into AIFF format. To be honest, there are many ways to do this job, but it doesn't really make any sense. Here, I do not presume to speculate on everyone's purpose, I will explain the specific reasons at the end of the article. Without further ado, here are highlights - three plain ways to convert M4A to AIFF. Here we go!

Method 1 - Convert M4A to AIFF using iTunes

Yes, iTunes itself can be used as a simple audio converter. You know, Apple products get a little bit harsh on format so that it only supports several formats conversion: AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF and Apple Lossless. Now you can follow the steps below to convert M4A file into AIFF format.

Step 1. First of all, launch iTunes and click on "Edit" button on top menu bar, select "Preferences" in the drop-down list.

Open iTunes Preferences

Step 2. Secondly, press "Advanced" tab to specify a destination folder to save your converted AIFF files. Then press "General" tab and open the "Import Settings" window as shown in the screenshot below. After that, select "AIFF Encoder" in the drop-down list of "Import Using" option, click OK to go back to iTunes main interface.

Select AIFF Encoder

Step 3. Now add your M4A files to Library and select all of them using the hotkeys "Ctrl+A". Next, click on "File" button on top menu bar > head over to "Convert" > hit "Create AIFF Version" to convert M4A to AIFF. When the conversion is complete, you'll find the .aif files in your preset output folder.

Create AIFF Version

Method 2 - Convert M4A to AIFF in Free Desktop Audio Converter

Compared with iTunes, a free audio converter can simplify the operation and make it more intuitive. After all, iTunes doesn't specialize in audio conversion. Among various free programs on Google SERP, Free HD Video Converter Factory is a free and self-explanatory video/audio conversion program, especially user-friendly for novices. Follow the steps below to handle the conversion with ease.

Step 1. DownloadDownload and install this freeware. Run it and open "Converter" module. Click on "Add Files" to import your M4A files into the program. Alternatively, just drag files into the main interface to load them all.

Load M4A Files to Converter

Step 2. Press the "Profile" on the right of the program to expand the output format list. Navigate to "Audio" category and select "AIFF" profile. Finally, assign a destination directory to save the converted files and hit "Run" button to start the M4A files to AIFF conversion.

M4A to AIFF Converter

Method 3 - Convert M4A to AIFF with Online Converter

The reason for mentioning online tools at the end is just because the online audio conversion is not as efficient as the above two methods. You have to be in a good network connection and ensure the browser tab keeps running and working. But it's great if there are only several files. When you input the search query in Google, numerous online service will display on the top of the page. Convertio is one of my frequently-used website, you can also choose one based on your preference.

Step 1. Visit Drag your local M4A file to this page, or add it from your Dropbox, Google Drive or URL. Afterwards, you're able to press "Cog" icon to customize settings. Then click on Convert button.

Upload M4A to Online Conversion Service

Step 2. Wait for the M4A uploading and converting till it turns to "Conversion completed!" page. Now, hit "Download" button to download the converted AIFF file to your local drive.

Download Converted AIFF File

Why It Doesn't Make Sense to Convert M4A to AIFF?

Well, now you have figured out the 3 solutions. However, as I mentioned above, the conversion means nothing. Many people take it for granted that it would improve audio quality to convert M4A to AIFF. Actually, the quality doesn't change while the file size will become larger. M4A file can be encoded with either lossy AAC or compressed lossless ALAC, while AIFF is a non-compressed lossless audio format. So that's the reason why it's impossible to improve the audio quality. Hope my explanation disabuses your confusion. If there is still any question, feel free to contact me for help.

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