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M4A file format description

Many people share .m4a files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .m4a file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .m4a files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.m4a - Mpeg-4 Audio

The M4A audio files are related to Windows Media Player. M4A file is a MPEG-4 audio stream (MP4). MP4 is a better audio compression technology than old MP3.

Windows Media Player
Audio files
- / -
mp4, mp4a
Mpeg-4 Audio related extensions:
Core Audio Format
Signed Byte Audio Data
Super Audio CD Track
Kexis Lossless Compressed Audio
DTS Encoded Audio File
Ambisonic B-Format Audio

Naturally, other applications may also use the .m4a file extension. Even harmful programs can create .m4a files. Be especially cautious with .m4a files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .m4a file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

The .m4a file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

mea, m4, mta, m4x, mra, ma

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

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Operating systems

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Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8, Windows 10, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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