"I have bought some M4V music videos online. They play perfectly on my Windows and Mac computers. The problem is that I can't play M4V videos on my MP3 players when I am running outside. Is there a way to extract the original M4A audio track from M4V movies losslessly?" - Question from Apple community.
If you also meet the same issue, then you are definitely on the right place. Here will will offer top 3 best solutions to convert M4V to M4A. Depending on where you purchase the M4V videos and your preferences, you can either use a free or paid M4V to M4A converter.
Part 1. What Is M4V and M4A?
What Is M4V
M4V is a video container format developed by Apple. It is widely used on iTunes movies and video editing tools such as iMovie, Windows Media Player, Adobe Premiere, CyberLink Power Director, Handbrake and so on.
A standard M4V file basically has no difference with MP4. But if you download M4V files from iTunes store, then there is a big difference that they are DRM protected. Unless you authorize the iTunes with the Apple account and password, they won't be played or modified.
What Is M4A
M4A is an audio container format developed by Apple too with AAC codec. With better quality and smaller size, it is regarded as the successor of MP3 format.
Likely, M4A is also widely supported with many players such as iTunes, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, Roxio Popcorn, Toast etc.
Part 2. How to Convert M4V Videos to M4A in 3 Ways
M4V to M4A Converter Online - Free Way
If your M4V music videos are not bought from iTunes, then you can use any of the free M4V to M4A Converter Online such as CloudConvert, Convertio, OnlineConvertFree, FileZigZag, Zamzar. This kind of software help you upload and encode the M4V files online. When it is done, you can download new M4A files.
Take CloudConvert for example, you can extract M4A from M4V within 5 steps.
- Visit Cloudconvert website.
- Click "Select Files" button and browse your M4V file to upload.
- Change the output format as "M4A".
- Click "Start Conversion" button, it will upload and convert your M4V file simultaneously.
- When it is done, you can click "Download" button to download the new M4A audio file.
DRmare Audio Capture - Best Way for Music Lovers
If you'd enjoy music from multiple websites, players, apps, then we'd highly recommend you the DRmare Audio Capture for Mac. This software supports to capture audio from over 200 streaming audio and video websites in the world. The best part of it compared to any free audio recording software is that it can keep 100% lossless quality.
Yes, it is also an exclusive tool that can capture music losslessly. Now let me show you how to use it to extract M4A from M4V losslessly.
- Launch DRmare Audio Capture.
- Click the format option and preset the output format as "M4A".
- From the DRmare software, launch iTunes. If you don't see "iTunes", you can click "+" to add it.
- Use iTunes to play the M4V video you want, it will capture the song automatically.
- Click "Save" button to save the recorded song and you can locate it from your output folder.
DRmare M4V Converter - Best Way for iTunes Movie Lovers
Got a bunch of iTunes movies and TV shows? If so, you may not convert them with online video converter because such tools are not combined with the DRM removal technology.
Don't worry, you can use the specific DRmare M4V Converter for Windows/Mac which is specially designed for iTunes M4V video purchases and rentals. It combines a lot of features which make it stands out.
DRmare M4V to M4A Converter
You can batch import your M4V files from iTunes and transform them to M4A music quickly within only 3 steps.
- Step 1Add M4V file from iTunes
- Just click the "+" button from the bottom of DRmare main screen, it will prompt you to select your M4V from your computer folder or iTunes media library.
- Step 2Choose "M4A" format
- Tap the format icon > Go to "General Audio" tab, you will see a list of audio file formats MP3, M4A, AAC, AC3, OGG. Please just click "M4A“ and click "OK".
- Step 3Start to export music
- At last, just click "Convert", then all your M4V music videos will be converted to M4A losslessly.
- Video Tutorial
- For your convenience, you can also visit this video demo:
Part 3. Which Is the Best Way
Now you have found the top 3 ways to convert M4V to M4A. But which one is best?
Actually, the answer could be varied for everyone.
For the first one, it is free. But it doesn't support iTunes DRM M4V movies. It is best for the users who want to convert M4V files outside of iTunes library for free.
DRmare Audio Capture is best for users who want to download M4A music from M4V files losslessly as well as other streaming video websites. It supports both DRM and non DRM files. It is not free though.
DRmare M4V Converter is best for users who want to extract music from M4V movies quickly as well as enjoy iTunes movies anywhere. It runs at 20X faster speed and supports a lot of new output formats.
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