|dBpoweramp Codec Central: m4a (Apple Lossless & AAC)|
Successor to mp3, m4a was championed by iTunes, .m4a is used for audio, whilst .mp4 is for video. Internally m4a can store many sub-formats:
- Apples Lossless (know also as ALAC or ALE) this format is like Zip for audio, no audio quality is lost, audio decompresses identical to the source.
- Advanced Audio Compression (AAC), is a lossy compression like mp3, audio quality is sacrificedx to gain smaller file sizes. There are many types of AAC: LC (low complexity), HE (high efficiency), m4p (Apples encrypted).
dBpoweramp comes with a m4a decoder as standard, able to decode Apple Lossless and every AAC type (excluding iTunes m4p protected).
Apple Lossless Encoder
Included as standard in dBpoweramp.
Download m4a Nero AAC Encoder
m4a Nero AAC Encoder Release 1 928 KB
Encodes m4a (AAC: LC, HE & HE v2), after install follow instructions presented to install separate Nero component