youtube to m4a

Convert your YouTube videos online from youtube to m4a for free. You can select from a variety of formats to convert your videos into.

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YouTube is an online video sharing platform filled with all kinds of content that can inspire the creative process. At Motionbox we make it easy for you to repurpose YouTube content as long as you have the correct permissions. If you're a business owner or creator who posts on YouTube we provide the tools to make repurposing your content easier. You can convert your YouTube videos to m4a and many other formats. Within our editor you can even edit YouTube videos.


MPEG-4 audio files with M4A file extension usually contain digital audio stream encoded with AAC or ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) compression standards. They're most often found in Apple's iTunes Store as the format of song downloads. M4A files are similar to MPEG-4 video files (MP4s) since they both use the MPEG-4 container format, the main difference being that M4A files can only hold audio data.

How you can convert YouTube to m4a

  1. 1. Upload Your YouTube file

    Simply drag and drop your YouTube file within the upload zone above. Alternatively you can click the big blue button that says "Upload File". If your file is not of YouTube type, then the system will automatically detect the file for you.

  2. 2. Select m4a as your conversion format

    Once your YouTube video is uploaded (it doesn't have to be YouTube, we will automatically detect the format if it's different), you will see a progress bar.

    In a matter of seconds (typically) you will see the video, with it's metadata on the right. At the top of the metadata you will see a format dropdown button. The default will be m4a, but you can change the format on the fly, once you're happy, you can click the convert button.

  3. 2. Download your m4a file

    Give it a few minutes to convert your YouTube file into m4a (or which ever formats you have defined). Depending on your settings and the output format it could take a moment.

    Be patient on this step, you can enter your email if you would like to get a downloadable link when it is ready. This is nice if you need to leave and get a link while on the go. When it's done you will have a free m4a file that you can download with no strings attached. If you would like to edit the video, then Motionbox has an awesome video editor for you.

Motionbox video converter illustration on how to use our YouTube to m4a converter
Motionbox video converter illustration on why you should use our YouTube to m4a converter

Why should you convert YouTube to m4a

  1. 1. Compatibility

    Depending on your purposes a YouTube file may need to be converted to a m4a file for compatibility purposes.

    Your file might not be supported by the device you are trying to add the file to. The Motionbox video converter tool is the perfect solution to make your files compatible with what ever device you are trying to upload your video on.

  2. 2. Social Media

    The pefect example is social media, typically the best format is MP4 (with H.264 or H.265 codecs) for sites like Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter, YouTube, etc. So if you are converting your YouTube file for social media, we recommend MP4but you are free to convert it to m4a if you know what you are doing.

  3. 2. Easier Video Editing

    We highly encourage you to try our amazing video editing tool -- it's free. Since Motionbox is browser based we have found some issues with uploading MOV videos, so one thing you can try if you have issues with MOV is to convert it using our free converter.

    Then afterwards you can click "edit video" after the conversion process to import the video directly into our tool.

    This is not exclusive to MOV files, you can take YouTube files and convert them to m4a or any other imaginable video formats out there. Generally your best bet will be MP4 for our editor, and for other tools/apps.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I convert YouTube to m4a quickly?
    It's as simple as uploading your YouTube file, or letting us automatically detect your file. Then you can press convert, choose m4a which is the default for this page, or you can change it to one of the other supported formats. Lastly press convert and wait a moment.
  • Is it free to convert YouTube to m4a?
    It is 100% free to convert your YouTube file, or which ever video file you would like to convert. All that we ask is you try out the Motionbox video editor after you convert and to spread the word if you like it.
  • Why use Motionbox to convert my YouTube files?
    Typically we run into issues ourselves where certain files are not the correct format for the software we want to use and need to convert them to a much more suitable format. Motionbox is the perfect video converter to help you re encode your YouTube file into a new container type that is more suitable for your needs. Typically MP4 is your best output format if you are trying to use within Motionbox or on Social Media sites like Instagram or Twitter.
  • Is it possible to edit my YouTube file with Motionbox?
    Personally I would recommend you use MP4 videos within Motionbox as some formats are not supported by Chrome or other major browsers.
  • Is it legal to convert YouTube to m4a
    Converting YouTube to m4a in itself is not illegal. However if the YouTube file contains material that has copyrights, and you are redistributing it without consent it can be illegal and is up to you to be responsible for handling the rights on the media you decide to upload.
  • Will I be able to compress my YouTube file
    We have settings in the converter step that allows you to tweak some settings which will enable you to compress your YouTube file as it gets encoded into a m4a file. These are technically advanced settings, but the compression should be straight forward.

Creating videos with Motionbox has been a delightful experience.

You can do so much more with Motionbox beyond converting YouTube to m4a. Motionbox is the ultimate online video editor that enables teams to collaborate on video editing, from the design team, to the copywriters, and CMOs. We make it easy for your team to add subtitles, adjust videos, slice videos, add keyframe animations, and so much more.

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