M4A to M4R Converter - How to Convert M4A to M4R Properly and Easily

Lisa Ou

Feb 29, 2020 17:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

I want to know something about M4A and M4R. What are the differences between both of them? And how to convert M4A to M4R? I think that there are various methods to change audio format, but which one is better?

M4A to M4R Converter - How to Convert M4A to M4R Properly and Easily

If you have similar questions as above, you have come to the right place to get your answers.

1. M4A vs M4R

What is M4A

M4A is an audio file extension, which stands for MPEG 4 audio. It is encoded with a lossy compression called AAC. Therefore, it was intended as the MP3 successor.

What is M4R

M4R, also called MPEG 4 ringtone, is an audio file which developed by Apple Inc and used as ringtone in iPhone. It's never been like that its high quality makes iPhone ringtone much more wonderful.


M4A files are usually found as DRM free songs format in iTunes Store. And any player that supports MP4 should also plays M4A files. Well, in fact, M4R is the renamed M4A format file.

If you want to convert M4A to M4R, you can move to the next part.

2. How to Convert M4A to M4R with FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate

Most video converters on the market are effective software to change file formats with ease. There are tons of choices, which one should be the best one for you?

FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate will be the best choice for you. It supports both Windows and Mac versions, you can download one from official site according to your needs.

  1. It helps users convert video or audio with ease.
  2. You are allowed to add subtitles, split video, merge video.
  3. It enables you to enhance video quality, rotate video, compress video and more.
  4. It is easy and safe to use.
  5. You can use it to add audio to video, or extract audio from video.

Below is its clear instructions to use FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate to convert M4A to M4R.

Download and install FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate on your computer. And it will be launched automatically after installation. If it doesn’t, please double-click the software to open it.

Click Add File on the upper-left corner to import M4A file. Or you can also drag and drop the file from local folder directly.

video converter ultimate choose file

Locate Profile on the bottom, click box next to it to choose output file format, you can find M4R from the drop-down list, select it.

video converter ultimate choose m4r format

Click the blue Convert button, you are allowed to change the destination if you want. Then just wait for seconds. Then converted file will be saved on the folder you want.

3. How to Change M4A to M4R on Windows

There is more than one correct answer to any question. If you are using Windows, you can learn other 2 methods to change M4A to M4R.

How to Convert M4A to M4R through Changing Extension Name

This is a tough approach that might work on PC with simple operations.

Locate the M4A file on PC, right-click to choose Rename.

Delete the .m4a and then modify to .m4r, press Enter button.

You will be reminded that If you change a filename extension, the file might become unusable. Are you sure you want to change it, click Yes.

rename notice

It is estimated that a 50% failure rate to get what you want, if it did, please move the next method.

How to Change M4A to M4R on iTunes

You might know iTunes well if you are an iPhone user. It enables you to manage data between iPhone and computer with simple clicks.

And it can also be a convenient tool to convert M4A file to M4R. Please check below demonstration.

Launch iTunes on computer.

Import file to iTunes through EDIT > Preferences > General > menu next to Import Settings > Import Using. Then select the file you want to convert, click OK.

import settings

Choose the file from the library, click File > Convert > Create M4R Version.

itunes create aac version

In the same way, you can also convert M4A to M4R format with Apple Music app on Mac as below.

4. How to Change M4A to M4R with Apple Music App on Mac

Music app is a player on Mac similar to iTunes on PC. Below is the detailed tutorial.

Double-click to open Apple Music app, click Music > Preferences.

Click Files > Import Settings.

Click menu next to Import Using, select a format.

Click File > Convert > Create M4R Version.

If you don’t have iTunes or Apple Music app on computer, you should move to the online tools to convert M4A to M4R without downloading software on PC.

5. How to Convert M4A to M4R Online

It is obviously a convenient option for users who are worried about the security of the program. But every coin has two sides, you should pay attention it might have some limitations online.

Option 1. https://www.zamzar.com/convert/m4a-to-m4r/

It shows you the clear steps to convert M4A to M4R, you should add file, then choose format and then click Convert button. It is easy to use. What’s more, you can learn what are the differences from the page.

Option 2. https://www.media.io/convert/m4a-to-m4r.html

It has both desktop and online versions to help you convert M4A to M4R. You can enjoy the 0 second waiting for uploading and downloading and more than 1000 video or audio formats for input and output.

Option 3. https://convertio.co/m4a-m4r/

You can use its audio converter online directly or install its extension on Chrome. And you are allowed to select the input format and output format in the page, then drag and drop files to the page and then begin to convert audio files.

That’s all about M4A to M4R converter. If you have more questions about FoneLab Video Converter Ultimate, please leave comments below

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