This is a general question I would like some assistance or insight into.
I recently downloaded an album via iTunes.
Upon attempted playback I was unable to do so (on either my MP3 player or on my computer through Media Player Classic).
I did some googling as to what an M4A file was and found numerous websites with claims such as M4A is next generation file format, is better than MP3, smaller compression/better quality etc etc
I even found a couple of utilities on the web that claim to convert M4A to MP3 format.
Ok so my initial reaction was this means I had some strange Apple proprietary format which doesn’t need to pay any royalties and presumably will sound better than an MP3.
This is where it gets weird and I wonder if anyone else has ever tried this or can offer any insight into this.
I took the M4A file that was downloaded via iTunes.
I changed the file extension from M4A to MP3.
And playback of the file actually works on both hardware and software now?
Is M4A really an improved format or is it simply an Apple marketing fraud?