Undoubtedly, YouTube is the most popular online site for viewing videos. You can find all kinds of videos there, including music, anime, TV show, education videos and so on.
Most of us would like to download and share videos from YouTube. However, the downloaded YouTube files are not compatible with all playback devices. To play YouTube audio on iTunes, QuickTime, Windows Media Player, VLC, etc., you can convert YouTube to M4A audio.
What's M4A and how to convert YouTube to M4A on Mac and Windows? Now, we will resolve your doubts.
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. 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.
Additional functions that make Cisdem Video Converter an ultimate video tool include video download, batch processing, DVD ripping, video editing, and more.
Step 1. Run Cisdem Video Converter
Launch the software. The main interface appears immediately and the “Convert” tab is selected by default. You should click tab at the top.
Step 2. Copy video URL from YouTube
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.
Step 3. Download YouTube videos
Click on button to start the appropriate file download. You can repeat the copy & paste steps to add multiple YouTube videos to the download list.
After the download is finished, click button to open the folder where the downloaded videos are stored.
Step 1. Add downloaded YouTube videos
Switch to the first tab, and drag the downloaded videos to the converting panel.
Step 2. Choose M4A as target format
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”.
Step 3. Customize “Advanced Settings”
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.
Step 4. Convert YouTube to M4A on Mac
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, or the tool will fail to fetch your video.
But the site is slow and prone to crashes. You may still not be able to get YouTube M4A audio correctly after many operations. And even though it offers a “Volume setting” option, it doesn't really work.
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.
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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