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listening to an m4A file using windows media player?

by captahag2 / December 19, 2005 8:22 AM PST

I'm trying to listen to an m4A file on windows media player. Any help?

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Your light reading.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 19, 2005 8:37 AM PST
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sorry, but i don't know what to do
by captahag2 / December 19, 2005 9:19 AM PST
In reply to: Your light reading.

i've read all this and so i understand pretty well what it all means. but i can't figure out what to actually do to play the file. i'm sorry.

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In the first 2 items...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 19, 2005 12:10 PM PST

Players were noted. However I didn't see a plugin or codec for WMP. If this is your goal (WMP) then I think you might be out of luck.

Please share a bit more about this file. Where would I get one to try out?


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m4 file
by Aivas / December 19, 2005 10:45 PM PST

Oddly enough, one such file came up here at work. It's an Apple-compatible file, if I remember correctly, and we had one producer with a program that would open and play it. We converted it to something more PC oriented.

Bob K
Infinity (oops, CBS Radio)
Baltimore, MD

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by captahag2 / December 19, 2005 10:54 PM PST
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That might be an iTunes file.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 19, 2005 11:56 PM PST
In reply to: aha

Sometimes noted as AAC files, itunes will play it. There is a FORMAT WAR going on here so you may never find a codec to cure this.


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can I listen an m4A file using windows media player
by ziqbal / December 25, 2005 4:33 PM PST

i have p4 system with windows xp

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2005 9:03 PM PST

If the supplied information didn't let you, then no you can't (today.) Maybe someday it will happen.


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OK already - I get it (i think)
by maxxx / December 28, 2005 12:27 PM PST
In reply to: No. if I'm understanding this correctly. Just because I got an ipod for Christmas, does not mean I should go converting all of my mp3's to m4a's - right? I should keep two sets of my music until we see who wins the war...

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You may want to ask that question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 28, 2005 8:16 PM PST

The topic of this discussion was answered. If you wish to start a new discussion, please do so.


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yes you can
by dirkthejerk / January 22, 2006 7:02 AM PST
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what if..
by matteospots / May 21, 2006 12:38 PM PDT
In reply to: yes you can

what if it says that the 3ivx D4 4.5.1 is the older version.. my computer already has the new one.. but it still doesnt play the .m4a file in windows media player?

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Some M4A is DRM'd.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 21, 2006 9:25 PM PDT
In reply to: what if..

DRM material may never play outside it's own player. If this discussion didn't find a fix then you can try uninstalling it all and trying again, but since DRM is here to stay I'd forget about M4A and head back to plain old MP3.


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by potissimus / July 31, 2008 12:42 AM PDT

Download VideoLan's VLC Media Player. It can playback a ton of file types on a Windows System. This way you don't need 40 different apps to play the audio files created by different corporate machines.

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Playing m4a audio with VLC
by barrington2 / October 14, 2008 11:58 AM PDT
In reply to: VLC

VLC does not play my m4a audio files.

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That could be proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2008 6:14 AM PDT

Remember that VLC PLAYER should fail on DRM'd files.

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m4A files
by jc3stack / April 25, 2009 9:33 AM PDT

I'm trying to add some files in the form of m4A to i-tunes but it will not allow this! Do i have to convert them to mp3 or aac first? Is that even possible? Thanks.

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M4A files
by otr_man / June 16, 2009 5:59 AM PDT
In reply to: m4A files

If you are trying to play a DRM file (i.e. a file encrypted to prevent it being copied), but you "forgot" to mention in your original post that it's a DRM file, then you're out of luck.

Unlike Windows 98SE, there is no way to play a DRM file in Windows ME, which uses WDM audio (Windows Driver Model) instead of the older, hackable system used by Win98.

If it's NOT a DRM file, then it should play in Winamp 5 (any version from 5.0 to 5.13), available from

Alternatively, try renaming the file extension from .M4A to .MP4 since many players will recognise an mp4 audio (m4a) file in the more widely supported mp4 format; mp4 is really a video format, and an m4a file is merely an mp4 file that's just encoded as audio-only.

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Convert M4a files for use with Windows Media Player
by reubenprice / August 7, 2011 3:50 PM PDT

I resolved this problem for PC. The file was generated on an apple and I only have a PC. I used YouTube Downloader to convert it into MP3. YouTube Downloader is free to download and very handy for converting Audio and Video files into other formats. Hope that helps:)

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