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How to Convert M4B to M4A

Zoey Wesson
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If you have purchased audiobooks from iTunes Store, you may have noticed that the files you purchased had the extension .m4b, which is used by Apple Incorporation to represent audiobook. Moreover, you may also have noticed that M4B can only be played on specified Apple devices. This will cause some puzzle if you want to play the audiobook on other devices that cannot play M4B files. If so you want, you may have to convert M4B into M4A, a standard audio format. So you can play them on other normal audio players that enable playing M4A files. Actually you may need to acquire some understanding about M4B and M4A beforehand if you want to convert M4B to M4A format.

What is an M4B File?

M4B normally refers to audiobook file based on MPEG-4 container format, typically compressed with AAC encoding. It is actually identical to M4A, but denoted as an audiobook and can be bookmarked by supporting audio players. The .m4b extension is used by audiobooks downloaded from Apple iTunes Store. These books may be protected by Apple's Fair Play DRM, which means they can only be played on authorized computers or iPods as well as iPhone devices.

What is an M4A File?

M4A stands for MPEG 4 Audio and is a filename extension used to represent audio files. M4A and MP4 files are quite similar, being both based on the MPEG-4 codec. However, M4A is a file comprising solely of audio, whereas MP4 may also contain video. The M4A file uses Apple's codec and resides within the MPEG-4 container. The audio files you downloaded from iTunes are sorted into two kinds, .m4a (copy-free) and .m4p (copy-protected). Apple has used the .m4a designation for several of the low-loss audio formats.

Reason to Convert M4B to M4A and How

By converting M4B to M4A file format you can break the restriction of authorized players designated by Apple Incorporation, so you can enjoy your favorite audiobooks on more devices such as enjoying them on an Android device with a M4A player. If you are desired to convert M4B to M4A file format, you will need a remarkable converter that can realize this with fast speed and best quality. After converting M4B to M4A you can transfer the .m4a files freely to any devices and play them with normal players.

Apple Music Converter is a converter with intuitive operating interface that even you are a newcomer you can know how to use it in no time. Besides, Apple Music Converter can convert M4B to M4A without causing quality loss at up to 16× faster speed. Apple Music Converter supports converting DRM protected audiobooks to M4A, AAC, MP3, FLAC, etc. Below is a step-by-step tutorial showing you how to convert M4B to M4A.

Apple Music Converter – Best M4B to M4A Converter

With Apple Music Converter, you can convert M4B freely and output it into M4A or other different audio formats, like MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC and so on.

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How to Convert M4B to M4A with Best Quality and Fastest Speed

Step 1. Download and Install Converter

You should download the latest version of Apple Music Converter and install it.  After the installation you can launch the software and get into the intuitive main interface. Before you install Apple Music Converter, you should make sure your PC or laptop are equipped with iTunes, if not, you will be prompted to install iTunes.

Apple Music Converter
Step 2. Import M4B files

On the main interface, you can find the "audiobook" under the playlist and select the audiobook files with an extension .m4b you want to convert.

Add M4B Files
Step 3. Choose M4A as Output Format

After you make sure all files are selected, you can click the "Output Format" bar on the lower part of the interface, and choose M4A as output format.

Step 4. Alter Output File's Settings (Optional)

You can also change the output files' settings such as modifying codec, sample rate, channel, and bitrate according to your preference.


Step 5. Start Converting M4B to M4A

After all settings are done, you can click the "Convert" button on the top. The conversion will start and finish automatically. In a few minutes, you can open the output file to transfer the converted file to wherever you wish.

Start Converting M4B to M4A

As you can see above, it really just takes you little time and effort to convert M4B to M4A with Apple Music Converter, so if you want to make this happen, do not hesitate to download Apple Music Converter to have a try. Moreover, Apple Music Converter also serves as a M4P to MP3 converter. If you have purchased songs on iTunes Store and you find that you cannot transfer the songs and play them on other MP3 players, you may need to check the tutorial: How to Convert M4P to MP3.

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