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Old 03-08-2005, 11:34 PM   #1
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*.m4a ?

My friend gave me a CD, but it doesn't work in my car. I took it out, and alot of the song files are in in a type .m4a . I don't know what that means, but I can't open 'em. What is m4a, and what can I do to convert them to mp3?
Old 03-09-2005, 12:00 AM   #2
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Those are MPEG 4 Audio, one higher up thn mp3's... Read the websites.

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Old 03-09-2005, 12:03 AM   #3
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m4a stands for MPEG4 Audio. [explanatory link] It is the replacement for mp3. It is likely your friend ripped the music under iTunes. You can use a Windows machine or Mac with iTunes or whatever app to convert them. Under Linux you can use dir2ogg for which rpm's can be found [here]. The link for the rpm is about 1/4 of the way down the page. There are detailed instructions on how to convert the m4a's to wav and/or mp3.
Old 03-31-2005, 07:55 PM   #4
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Are there no plugins or software that support .m4a files?
Old 04-01-2005, 03:24 AM   #5
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Here you can find a plugin for xmms. The author recommends using bmp, the beep media player (a fork of xmms). I guess you can find plugins for nearly every other usual media player like amaroK, juK, noatun etc. Have you looked on the homepage of your preferred player?
Old 04-16-2005, 10:13 AM   #6
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I'm on Fedora Core 3
I had the same problem, and could't be botherd compiling from source so I downloaded -
and -
and moved them into
I restarted xmms and went to preferences to make sure that the plugin was selected, and it was.
It worked first time, thanks for the link.


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