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Tutorial - How to Convert YouTube to M4A on Mac?

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What is M4A

M4A is commonly known as MPEG-4 audio, is a popular file extension used to represent audio files. M4A files contain digital audio data that has been implemented with AAC compression standards or ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) specifications. Most people are familiar with MP3 and how it shrinks down the file size of songs and other audio files. M4A and MP4 do the same thing as MP3 does, but even better. Quality is better and file sizes are usually smaller than MP3 files. But unlike MP3, no licenses or payments are required to be able to stream or distribute content in M4A format (unlike MP3 which requires you to pay royalties on content you distribute in MP3 format). This fact alone, is more than enough reason (due to the extreme cost savings) to use M4A files instead of MP3 files. In addition, M4A files tend to sound much better than MP3 files encoded at the same bitrate.

Why Convert YouTube to M4A

Do you want to download the background music in a popping video from YouTube directly on your Mac and save it in M4A format for easy playback? All you need to do is to extract audio from video with AllYoutube2MP3 for Mac. Just 3 steps will be needed to convert YouTube online video to audio in any formats!


Step 1. Paste YouTube Video URL

Once AllYoutube2MP3 for Mac has been launched, copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to download and paste it in the box of "Paste Your Video URLs below". If there is the need to batch download YouTube videos, just paste their URLs (one link per line) in the box.

Paste YouTube Video URL

Step 2. Choose Output Format

Click "Options - Audio" and you will find a list of audio formats from the menu of "Audio Format", then choose "M4A" as the output format.

Choose Output Format

Step 3. Start Conversion

When all settings are done, just click "Download" to start the process of YouTube video download and conversion.

To fulfill your other needs, these advanced tools below can be helpful:

Playlist: download video playlist and set max download;
Output: options for output file name (ASCII, ID, Title);
Subtitles: download subtitle file by language/all available subtitles/automatic subtitle file;
Filesystem: open destination folder, write description to file, write thumbnail to disk, etc.;
Shutdown: choose to shutdown computer when conversion is finished;
Authentication: password and username inputting for video sharing websites or videos;
Connection: use proxy for connection;
Localization: choose localization language.

Start Conversion

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