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Socoder -> Art and Sound -> M4A to MP3?

Posted : Saturday, 13 November 2021, 07:13
Kuron

M4A to MP3?


Does anybody know of a way to convert M4A audio files to MP3 without any loss in quality?

Preferably a free tool?
Posted : Saturday, 13 November 2021, 08:20
Jayenkai
Such a struggle to find an all in one tool, mostly because of licensing.

However, command line tools are your friend.
If you grab FFMpeg, that can convert the m4a to mp3 with a little command line jiggery pokery.



Where -i is the input file, -ab is the quality, -f is the format, and the last bit is the output filename.
Don't forget to wrap filenames in "quote mark"s if you have spaces in the file/foldernames.

Grab FFMpeg here. Linkage

If you have lots to convert, maybe write a .bat or .bb script or something, but BB doesn't wait for programs to finish executing, and ploughs on trying to do too much at once!!

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Posted : Monday, 15 November 2021, 05:10
rychan
FFMpeg is such a godsend for stuff like this, it was a handy part of my lil auto video maker earlier this year. Hope it works out well for ya Kuron

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Posted : Monday, 15 November 2021, 09:42
Kuron
Thank you. I will see if I can find a way to get it working in batch mode as I need around 800+ files converted. Unfortunately, command line stuff was great when we had 640x480 monitors. Damn near impossible to see on modern resolutions.
Posted : Monday, 15 November 2021, 09:45
Kuron
I considered using GoldWave (which is great, but slow for conversions), but did stumble on this one and it does 3gp files.
Posted : Monday, 15 November 2021, 10:32
Jayenkai
Right click (or is it left click..?) the little top-left icon of the window, and go to preferences. You can bump up the font in there, and it'll save it for all future command line boxes.

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Posted : Monday, 15 November 2021, 10:41
Kuron
Kuron can see it now! Kuron likes it, he does! WooHoo!! If my back and knees and hip were not killing me, I would literally be dancing a jig!
Posted : Monday, 15 November 2021, 10:54
Jayenkai
LOL!
Posted : Monday, 15 November 2021, 19:45
Kuron
Dude, I would be perfectly happy to if we never progressed from DOS.