When the rest of the world is using the MP3 files on their devices, Apple goes its own different way and uses the AAC format as the default music format. The music files you download from iTunes are also in the AAC format. If you want to convert the AAC or M4A audio files into the universally accepted MP3 format, then you can make use of the free M4A to MP3 Converter tool. This free converter tool supports conversion from AAC, M4A, M4B, MP4 and 3GP into MP3 or WAV audio formats.
You can download M4A to MP3 Converter from the Maniac Tools website. The download is around 5 megabytes. It comes with a setup installer, so that you can install it on your system. After the installation, you can run it from its desktop shortcut or by searching from the Search Charm. The application has a simple interface. You should start by adding the source audio files that you want to convert to MP3 or WAV format. To add the files, click on the Add Files button. You can also drag and drop the input files on the M4A to MP3 converter window.
After adding the input files you might want to change the output folder. If you do not specify an output folder then all the converted files would be placed in the same folder containing the input files. You can choose the output format from either MP3 or WAV audio format. You can also change the conversion format specifications by clicking on the Setup button at the lower-right corner. Basically, you can change the output frequency, mode(mono or stereo) and the bitrate for the MP3 format. There are no settings for the WAV format.
Now to start the conversion, you can click on the Convert button in the toolbar. Alternatively, you can also press the F5 key on your keyboard. All the added input files would be converted to the desired output format one-by-one. A progress bar shows the progress as each input file is being converted. You are given the options to pause, cancel or minimize the conversion process. After the conversion is over, you can find the output files in the folder you specified or in the input folder.
M4A to MP3 Converter is a free and fast converter for audio files specially targeting the conversion from iTunes audio files into MP3 files. It has a built-in audio player using which you can play any files without conversion. Conversion itself is pretty easy and is a matter of selecting input files and clicking on the Convert button. It automatically creates the ID3 tags for the MP3 files from the tag information found in the original audio files.
You can download the free M4A to MP3 Converter from http://www.maniactools.com/.