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Old 02-15-2014, 08:34 AM  
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I am seeking a application to convert .m4a files to .mp3 files.
The former format is too large.

Several apps found on google search seem pretty sketchy.
Any good suggestions?
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:53 AM   #2
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http://download.cnet.com/Free-M4a-to..._4-187723.html

You can also do it in iTunes.
http://its.ucsc.edu/fitc/tutorials/itunes.html
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:02 AM   #3
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The first download you listed installed a bunch of other junk.
I had to delete it from the PC.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:32 AM   #4
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:42 PM   #5
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:18 PM   #6
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My understanding is that .m4a files are smaller than .mp3 files for the same quality level so you might want to check on that.

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AAC or M4A file quality is better and file sizes smaller compared to MP3 files. M4A files sound better than MP3 files when encoded at the same bit rate due to some of the enhancements made to the format such as:
  • Compression based on perception -- if it is not within human perception, that sound data may be lost without notable effect to quality.
  • Smaller sample block size of 120 or 128 samples rather than 192 for changing (or transient) signals, allowing for more precise details where they are needed.
  • Larger block sizes in stationary signals, 1024 or 960 vs MP3's 576 sample blocks, allowing for less data to represent a portion of the music that does not have the same complexity.
I'm pretty sure iTunes will convert these files if you want them converted.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:40 AM   #7
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hands down THE BEST converter app out there. And FREE.

http://www.converterlite.com/

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Old 02-17-2014, 08:27 AM   #8
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My understanding is that .m4a files are smaller than .mp3 files for the same quality level so you might want to check on that.
A whole lot of this. Media formats are a pretty complex topic and not something that you can really just address by "converting a file."

Do some reading, figure out what you're willing to deal with and make an informed choice.
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:56 PM   #9
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Wow. They have some cool stuff. I purchased the converter and I'm tinkering with a couple of their other products.
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