Convert M4A to text with Sonix

Sonix is an online speech-to-text converter—it's fast, easy, beautiful, and affordable. We extract the speech from your M4A file and give you a text file in a few minutes.

Convert M4A to text
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How do I convert my M4A file to text? 📋

Simply follow these six easy steps to accurately convert your audio file (*.m4a) to text using the best speech-to-text algorithms:

Step 1: Create a free Sonix account to convert your M4A file to text

Step 1

Sign up for Sonix's free trial account—includes 30 minutes of free speech to text conversion.

Step 2: Upload your M4A files from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, or by dragging it on the page.

Step 2

Upload your MPEG-4 Audio File file(s) (*.M4A) from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, or by dragging it on the page.

Step 3: Select the language spoken in your M4A file, then click 'Start Transcribing Now.'

Step 3

Select the language (over 49 languages supported) that was spoken in your M4A file, then click the button 'Start Transcribing Now.'

Step 4: Sonix does all the work. Our servers will extract the audio from your M4A file and convert it to text.

Step 4

Sonix automatically extracts the audio from your M4A file and converts it to text. It'll only take a few minutes so you can grab some coffee.

Step 5: Once your M4A was converted to text, you might need to polish up the transcript. Now, you can easily do that with our AudioText Editor.

Step 5

Use the Sonix AudioText Editor to polish your transcript. Simply type in your browser to correct any words.

Step 6: Download a text version of your M4A file by clicking Export and selecting 'Text file (.txt).'

Step 6

Click the 'Export' button. Select 'Text file (.txt)' from the dropdown to download a text version of your M4A file.

Yay! All done. Your M4A file has now been converted to text!🎉

Thousands of incredible customers trust Sonix to transcribe their M4A files 💖

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Convert M4A to text with Sonix 💖

Can you convert M4A to text?

Yes! There are various ways to convert M4A files to text formats.

The most straightforward way is to do it manually. However, it's not recommended since it will get tedious unless you have very short M4A lengths.

A second option is to outsource it to a professional transcriptionist. Getting a decent professional will provide the most accurate results. However, they tend to be expensive and have a long lead time. This isn't an ideal route if you're in a hurry or have a tight budget.

The best method is to use automated transcription platforms like Sonix. They can achieve near-human level accuracy using artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Since it's a software tool, the results tend to be fast. Generally, you can expect to get the transcription from a moderate-length M4A file in as little as 10 minutes.

What are the advantages when you transcribe M4A to text?

An M4A speech-to-text transcription might seem like a simple matter. However, it actually has a tremendous impact on your marketing and business operations.

For one, it can increase your audience. People watch videos in various situations, and sometimes they can't rely on the audio. Maybe they're watching on a crowded train and forgot their headphones, or they're in a library and can't turn on the sound. Also, remember that a sizable portion of your market might have hearing disabilities.

In these cases, an M4A transcription of the video's audio can add subtitles that these viewers can read alongside.

An M4A to text converter can also break the language barrier. You can translate the transcription into various other languages if you have a video in English. That allows your existing content to reach other markets and territories.

Indeed, some M4A to text software can even do this for you automatically and in record time. For example, Sonix can convert video files to 39 different languages on the fly.

An M4A to text converter online can also help you repurpose your content. For instance, you can take an M4A version of a podcast, then transcribe it into a blog article. You can also hand out transcripts of a webinar to participants.

M4A to text online converter can also help improve your search engine optimization (SEO) rankings. Search engines don't normally index M4A files because they can't "read" their contents. Mostly, bots rely on the M4A's title and description for ranking information, which isn't much. That's like trying to rate an article based on its headline alone.

But by including a transcript, search bots can crawl through the text content of an M4A file and rank it accordingly. This not only improves your ranking but your M4A's searchability as well.

Ultimately, a transcript has a dozen uses in your business. And with transcription tools and professional services, you don't have to do it yourself. Some platforms, like Sonix, can even deliver results in minutes. You get to save time, money, and effort while getting an M4A transcript that can boost your marketing.

Frequently Asked Questions for MPEG-4 Audio File (*.M4A) to txt 🔈

What is a M4A file?

An M4A audio file is a lossless audio format (and encoding algorithm) created by Apple and utilized on a variety of Apple products (including iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, and Quicktime products). The m4a codec has been open-sourced so it is quite popular. M4A files are usually encoded with Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) which was originally designed to be the successor to MP3. Both MP3 and M4A files are used for audio-only files, and are both unprotected (free from DRM features). Protected files will have a *.m4p file extension. AAC or M4A files do have better audio quality when compared to MP3 files when encoded at the same bitrate due to some of the codec’s improvements such as compression based on perception and a smaller block size for changing audio sounds and signals.

Does Sonix transcribe audio files with a *.M4A file extension?

Yes, Sonix does automatically transcribe audio files with a .M4A file extension. Sonix is an online audio to text converter. Convert any audio (mp3, m4a, wav, ...) or video (mp4, mov, avi, ...) file to text without installing any software! Sonix quickly and accurately transcribes *.M4A files and converts them to text in a txt format.

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Other ways to convert your M4A audio files with Sonix 🔈

M4A to docx

Accurately transcribe your M4A file to Microsoft Word Format (docx) so you can bring the transcript into your workflow.

M4A to PDF

Easily transcribe your M4A file to Adobe's Portable Document Format (pdf) so you can share them with colleagues.

M4A to subtitles

Create subtitles for your M4A files to make them more accessible for your audience.

M4A to srt

Quickly create subtitles from your M4A files and save them as SRTs, one of the most widely supported subtitle formats.

M4A to VTT

Create more advanced captions for your M4A files by using the latest caption format VTT (Video Text Tracks).

M4A to captions

Quickly and easily create closed captions for your M4A files so you can embed them in your video files.

Convert MPEG-4 Audio File to text with Sonix 🚀

Sonix automatically transcribes and translates your audio/video files in 49+ languages. Easily search, edit, and share your media files. Sonix is an online, fully-automated speech to text service that quickly converts files in the MPEG-4 Audio File format to text. Sonix does this conversion for you with the highest quality. Fast, accurate, and affordable. Millions of users from all over the world.

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