There are many YouTube to MP3 downloaders on the market. However, the downloaded MP3 is not ideal for some situations. For example, you are caring with the output video quality. Or, you need to play the YouTube music on iTunes, QuickTime, Windows Media Player, VLC, etc.
In this case, converting YouTube to M4A audio will be a better option as M4A will provide high quality audio files at a much smaller size. If you are wondering what's M4A and how to convert YouTube to M4A on Mac, Windows, and Android? Follow us to resolve your doubts now.
M4A is the extension of the MPEG-4 audio standard file. It’s encoded with the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and Apple Lossless (ALAC) formats. M4A is often found in Apple iTunes store as the default format for audio download. You might want to convert YouTube to M4A due to following reasons:
Cisdem Video Converter is an excellent YouTube to M4A converter that comes with a suite of superior features. This software can easily help you convert videos and audio from one format to another, like MP4 to MP3, FLV to MP4, MOV to WMV, WMA to MP3, FLV to M4A, H264 to MP4, etc. There is no quality loss and extra enhancement for the converted file. Moreover, it works at a faster speed than other converters.
Cisdem Video Converter can be also worked as a superior downloader, which can directly download videos in M4A format from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and 1000+ websites only by URL. It is pretty safe to use it to download online videos or music in a few clicks without installing any third-party tools.
Additional functions that make Cisdem Video Converter an ultimate video tool include batch processing, DVD ripping, video editing, and more.
Launch the software. The main interface appears immediately and the “Convert” tab is selected by default. You should click tab at the top.
Visit the youtube.com and find out the video that you intend to download from YouTube. Copy the URL and paste it into the download box of the Cisdem Video Converter.
tips: If you want to download multiple YouTube videos at once, you can repeat the copy & paste steps or click "File > Input URLs..." at the top menu to add multiple YouTube videos to the download list.
Click the drop-down icon of the format box on each video thumbnail to select M4A as the downloaded audio format.
After selecting the output format, click on button to start to downloading YouTube videos to M4A by default. When finished, click button to open the folder where the downloaded videos are stored.
Tips: Convert YouTube Playlist to M4A
Cisdem Video Converter also supports downloading a whole YouTube Playlist in one go. To download and convert YouTube playlist to M4A. Just find the url of the YouTube playlist, copy and paste the url to Cisdem Video Converter. Then follow the same steps above.
This way is a little different from the above way. But it can not only convert YouTube to M4A, but also convert YouTube to many other formats you like.
Copy the URL of the video you want to download, switch to Cisdem download interface and paste the URL into the bottom box for parsing. After finishing, do nothing and just download video from YouTube directly.
Switch to the first tab, and drag the downloaded videos to the converting panel.
Click on the format icon to get a list of output file formats. Proceed to “General Audio” > “M4A Audio”. To select all output formats as M4A at once, just choose the format from “Convert all tasks to”. Or you can choose any other format you want in the list.
The software supports more conversion settings that include the ability to change the audio quality, bitrate, sample rate, audio channel, and codec. Click icon to open the “Advanced Settings” window and adjust the audio parameters.
Hit button at the bottom to start video conversions on Mac. The time required for the entire process mainly depends on the size of all imported YouTube videos and the performance of your Mac.
HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a sophisticated YouTube to M4A converter for Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and lower. Not only be it able to download videos from YouTube and other 300+ sites in bulk, but also convert videos to 150+ hot formats and devices, M4A included. Besides, it delivers basic editing options, allowing you to merge multiple clips, split a screen, trim a video, etc.
If you don’t use video converters very often, then you can give a try on free online tools. It also assists us to convert YT to M4A with fast speed. Check out the best YouTube converters online below.
It's a free online YouTube to M4A converter, letting you download and convert YouTube videos to M4A, AAC, MP3, 3GP, MP4, MKV, F4V, and WebM. It doesn’t require an account or install extra software. Make sure to enter a valid URL, it allows you to fetch audio, video and muted video source.
However, sometimes, it may fail to analyze the entered URL for uncertain reason. In this case, you need to ask help for another useful tool for downloading.
1. Find a video you wish to download on YouTube and get its link from the address line.
2. Visit tuberipper.com, and input your copied link into the specified field.
3. Click or tap on “enter” on your keyboard to parse the URL.
4. When done, it shows you 3 options to download: extract audio (m4a), extract video (mp4) and extract muted video (mp4).
5. Click “extract audio (m4a)” to download YouTube to M4A immediately.
It's a steady web-based YouTube to M4A converter that supports converting online videos or local files to 8 different formats, including M4A, MP3, AAC, MP4, MOV, 3GP, AVI, and MKV. It also ensures that you download videos in various SD, HD, and UHD resolutions, except for music videos.
However, this online tool sets some limits. It only allows 25 conversion minutes each day and 25 minutes of maximum conversion time per file. Plus, the maximum file to convert can’t exceed 1GB.
M4A is the default YouTube audio format of youtube-dl. Even if you input the --audio-format mp3 command, the format won't be changed. But it can only be DASH M4A, which hasn't been widely recognized by audio players such as VLC. To make it more regular, you can demux DASH M4A to M4A (AAC DL) via FFmpeg or afconvert.
Not much to say, let's see how to download YouTube to Dash M4A with commands.
But youtube-dl can download YouTube playlist to M4A. When you try the command: youtube-dl -x playlist, it will merely download the first video in playlist to WebM. When use youtube-dl -f bestaudio playlist, it will download all playlist videos to WebM.
Video MP3 Converter is a simple and free tool that can convert the downloaded YouTube videos to some popular video and audio formats such as MP4, 3GP, FLV, MP3, AAC, and so on. It helps users attain high-quality sound easily and allows users to reset the converted file name and location for a better storage.
Besides, it offers a built-in video editor for users to do some editing tasks without quality loss such as trimming, cropping, merging the files. However, one of its shortcomings is that it contains ads in the app, which may affect your viewing experience.
Both M4A and MP3 are lossy formats. Compared with lossless format like FLAC, M4A and MP3 use compression to lower file size while sacrificing the audio quality. M4A was designed as the successor of MP3, which adopted more advanced lossless codecs than MP3. Hence, under the same file, the M4A format file is usually smaller and of better quality.
Most of the online YouTube rippers and downloaders download music in MP3 format. How can we convert those MP3 files to M4A? if you want to convert MP3 to M4A format, the easiest and quickest way to do so is to use video converter software. You will also find plenty of online platforms that will allow you to convert the format in no time. And for Mac users, iTunes can also convert MP3 to MP4, Here is How:
1. Open iTunes or the Music App >> Go Preferences and navifate to files >> import settings.
2. Change it to M4A Encoder and click OK.
3. Add MP3 files and in the menu click file >> convert >> create M4A.
4. You can then find the M4A file in your Music library and don't worry that you old MP3 file will still be there.
You can use Cisdem Video Converter to merge M4A files into one. Add M4A files to the app, arrange the order of the files, and click the merge button in the lower right corner of the interface to complete the merge.
Admittedly, online YouTube to M4A converters brought great convenience to us. But I still won’t highly recommend them to all of you due to the limitation of Internet connection, converting quality and other issues. From my aspect, picking a piece of fabulous third-party software is a way of doing it once and for all.
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