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Three Free, Fast and Easy Solutions of How to Play M4A on Windows

Author by Oswald

July 11, 2019

At times, some Windows users can’t manage to play their M4A files with Windows Media Player whatsoever. If you are having related issues, this article might be of help. I’ll provide you with three free, fast and easy ways to play M4A on Windows.

Can Windows Media Player Play M4A?

Positive. The latest version of Windows Media Player (Windows Media Player 12) fully supports M4A files.

If your Windows default media player, Windows Media Player doesn’t recognize M4A, and you know for sure that there’s nothing wrong with the M4A files, then the cause of your issue is pretty likely to be that you are using the previous version of Windows Media Player and it doesn’t have the essential codec for playing M4A.

How to Play M4A Files on Windows?

Solution 1. Update Windows Media Player to Fix M4A Windows Media Player Playback Issue

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Method 1. Update – Turn Windows Media Player to a Windows M4A Player

Windows Media Player can update itself automatically. Enable that at:

Launch Windows Media Player > “Organize” > “Player” tab > Set “Check for update” to once a day/once a week/once a month

And you’ll be able to Play M4A on Windows Media Player properly after the update.

Method 2. Manually Install a Proper Codec Pack

In case the update doesn’t work somehow. We can manually install a proper codec pack for Windows Media Player. To save your trouble seeking, here’s a renowned and well-tested one: K-Lite Codec Pack (Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.)

Step 1. Navigate to https://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm

Step 2. Locate Basic pack, click “Download Basic” to download.

Step 3. Remove the former codec pack if there is any. Launch the K-Lite Codec Pack .exe to install it to your Windows Media Player.

Now play M4A files on Windows Media Player to see if it works!

Solution 2. Convert M4A Files with the Recommended Converter for Any-device Playback

How to Convert M4A Files to MP3, WMA, AAC, etc. with WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory

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Step 1. Load M4A Files into the Converter

Install and launch WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory. Click “Add Files” to add M4A files. Then click the yellow folder icon underneath to define the destination path.

Step 2. Convert M4A Files for Windows (and More)

Click on right side of the interface to enter output format interface. For Windows playback, The recommended conversions for playing M4A on Windows are M4A to MP3 and M4A to WMA. But there are also 300+ formats and devices for you to convert your M4A files to. E.g. Convert M4A to M4R for making iPhone ringtone. Click the corresponding format icon at “Audio” section after the decision is made.

Customize Audio Parameters

Step 3 (Optional). Customize Audio Parameters

By customizing audio parameters, you can enhance M4A quality to a certain degree. If needed, click “Settings” button at the main workplace, and convert stereo to mono, change audio bitrate, convert audio sample rate, etc.

When everything is set, click “Run” button to start the conversion.

Solution 3. Windows Media Player Alternatives – Browser Extensions

There are overwhelming Windows Media Players alternatives indeed. But what we need now is just an audio player, M4A player for Windows. When weighing from them all, browser extensions definitely blow the others out of the water if you value the handiness and ease of use. If you are a Windows user with Chrome browser installed, you can play M4A on Windows by simply open up a browser window. It’s as simple as it sounds. Here’s a splendid one I’m currently using: Enjoy Music Player, one of the best Windows M4A players.

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How to Play M4A on Windows with Enjoy Music Player:

Step 1. Navigate to https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/enjoy-music-player/hncfgilfeieogcpghjnnhddghgdjbekl/related?hl=en with Chrome browser

Step 2. Add to Chrome > Launch app

Step 3. Click “Add Music” to allow Enjoy Music Player to access the folder with M4AA files you intend to play.

Step 4. Enjoy Music Player will automatically scan and add all the music within the folder you assigned. Click the M4A file you want from the playlist.

At last...

I hope these solutions can work for you and you can play M4A on Windows at will from now on.

Have a good one.

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