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listening to an m4A file using windows media player?

Dec 19, 2005 8:22AM PST

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

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Your light reading.
Dec 19, 2005 8:37AM PST
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sorry, but i don't know what to do
Dec 19, 2005 9:19AM PST

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...
Dec 19, 2005 12:10PM 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
Dec 19, 2005 10:45PM 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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Dec 19, 2005 10:54PM PST
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That might be an iTunes file.
Dec 19, 2005 11:56PM PST

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
Dec 25, 2005 4:33PM PST

i have p4 system with windows xp

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Dec 25, 2005 9:03PM 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)
Dec 28, 2005 12:27PM PST 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.
Dec 28, 2005 8:16PM 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
Jan 22, 2006 7:02AM PST
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what if..
May 21, 2006 12:38PM PDT

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.
May 21, 2006 9:25PM PDT

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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Jul 31, 2008 12:42AM 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
Oct 14, 2008 11:58AM PDT

VLC does not play my m4a audio files.

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That could be proper.
Oct 15, 2008 6:14AM PDT

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

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m4A files
Apr 25, 2009 9:33AM 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
Jun 16, 2009 5:59AM PDT

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
Aug 7, 2011 3:50PM 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 helpsHappy