3 Ways to Convert M4A to WAV Audio Files on Windows 10 and Mac

Lisa Ou

May 06, 2020 17:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

In some cases, you need to convert M4A to WAV due to the incompatibility issue. From this article, you can get the detailed steps to convert audio from M4A to WAV format. There are 3 different types of audio converters you can choose. Just read and choose which can be your best way to convert M4A to WAV on your computer.

3 Ways to Convert M4A to WAV Audio Files on Windows 10 and Mac


Before the M4A to WAV conversion, let’s figure out which does a better job in audio, M4A or WAV?

M4A is a type of audio file developed by Apple. All music files purchased from iTunes store are in the M4A format. Thus, M4A audio files also refer to Apple stuff. You can play M4A files on all Apple devices.

WAV is the standard audio format mainly used by Windows computers. You can play WAV files with Windows Media Player, VLC, and more. Now you can find the reason why you convert M4A to WAV format.

To get the direct comparison of M4A vs WAV, you can check the following table.

File extension .m4a .wav
Developer Apple Microsoft and IBM
Compression Compressed (but are still lossless) Uncompressed
Audio quality Good Best
File size Small Large
Compatible players iTunes, QuickTime, Apple players Windows Media Player, Winamp, iTunes, VLC Media Player, etc.

By converting M4A to WAV audio, you can get the better compatibility and audio experience. Consequently, the audio file size will be enlarged as well.

2. How to Convert M4A to WAV with Video Converter Ultimate

To quickly convert M4A to WAV files in bulk, using FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate can be your first choice. You can convert all audio files from M4A to WAV, WAV to M4A or more combinations. There is no maximum file size limit. You can convert large M4A files to WAV format in a short time. No Internet connection is required. Moreover, you can trim and merge audio clips before the WAV audio conversion.

  1. Convert M4A to WAV audio files in batch with superfast speed.
  2. Trim and merge any audio file with the real-time preview window.
  3. Preserve the original audio quality or set the preferred audio settings based on your need.
  4. Save the audio file to any format by choosing from premade profiles.
  5. Work with Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7/10.6.

Free download, install and launch FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate. Click Add File on the top toolbar. Browse and add M4A files.

video convterter ultimate

Unfold the Profile list. Select WAV as the output audio format from General Audio, Lossless Audio and more profiles.

set output format

If you want to extract and convert a part of M4A audio clip, you can click Trim on the top. In the audio trimmer, set the start and stop time. You can also merge several audio clips into a new file. Click OK to save changes.

adjust video

To manage the audio quality and file size, you can click Settings next to Profile. Here you can adjust audio encoder, sample rate, channels and bitrate. Click OK to confirm. At last, click Convert to convert M4A audio files to WAV.

profile settings

3. How to Convert M4A to WAV Online

If you don’t want to install anything on your phone or computer, you can use an online M4A to WAV converter as well. Here will take Zamzar as an example. You convert up to M4A files to WAV for free online. The maximum file size is 150MB. By the way, check if your Wi-Fi speed is fast.

Open Zamzar audio converter on your browser.

Drag and drop M4A file into Zamzar online.

Set WAV as the output format.

Mark before Email when done. Enter your email address. So you can receive the converted M4A to WAV file via email.

Click Convert Now to convert M4A to WAV for free online.

convert m4a to wav with zamzar

4. How to Convert M4A to WAV via iTunes

You can also use iTunes as your M4A to WAV converter software. iTunes supports audio files in both M4A and WAV formats. You can create a WAV version to change the audio format from M4A to WAV.

Update iTunes to the latest version.

Choose Preferences from the iTunes list. Select General and then navigate to Import Settings.

From the Import Using list, choose WAV Encoder. Then click OK to move on.

Select the M4A audio track you want to change the format from the iTunes library.

In the File drop-down list, choose Convert followed by Create WAV Version. Now you can convert M4A to WAV with iTunes.

convert m4a to wav with itunes

That’s all to convert M4A audio to WAV format online and offline. If you want to convert one or two M4A files to WAV, you can use any audio converter mentioned above. When you need to convert several MA4 to WAV files, using Zamzar and iTunes may not be a smart choice. You may spend too much time on waiting and repeating the M4A to WAV conversion.

FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate offers the reliable batch conversion support and fastest conversion speed. So when you need to convert and edit M4A files to WAV and other formats in batch, it is recommended to free download the program and have a try right now.

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