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    m4a to mp3

    Unsuccessful attempts to convert m4a to mp3 (or flac). "Error valid mp3 frame not found"
    Searching the forum it seems possible my version of dBPoweramp is too old. I first bought a license in 2011 and again in 2015 (family pack). In Music Converter I don't see which version I have. But I'm pretty sure m4a was a thing by 2015 so surprised Music Converter is having problems. please help!

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    You could try the latest version, if you uninstall the existing, it will function as the free version which can create flac files from m4a.

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    Just bought the upgrade to 17.3 and am getting the same error!
    FLAC and mp3, same error!

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    Upload one of the files you are trying to convert to drop box and personal mail me the link please.

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    You mentioned that the files are m4a and when downloaded appear as mp3. The file you sent was .m4a and contained AAC audio, nothing to do with mp3. Perhaps you have something on your system installed which is changing all m4a files?

    The file downloaded and converted without issue to wave.

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    Hmmm, I get the same error when I try to convert to wave.

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    Try this, safemode with networking:

    https://support.avira.com/hc/en-us/a...-in-Safe-Mode-

    This should ensure nothing is running which is altering the files. You should download the file as .m4a and then it should convert.

    Check the extension is .m4a also.

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    I am running Windows 7. Is that the problem?

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    Same error in safe mode, Windows 7.
    It's maddening. Sometimes I can play the files with Windows Media Player, mostly not. Sometimes I can edit the tags, mostly not.The file properties indicates they are mp3 but it says m4a before I download.

    Ultimately, I want to get these on my Pono player. I've copied them to the Pono a couple of times, and I can see the folder and files with the Pono connected to my PC, but they don't show up on the Pono navigation.

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    Follow this:

    https://support.winzip.com/hc/en-us/...d-hidden-files

    To enable file extensions.

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    I'm not able to display the extension alone but the file type, file name, and properties all show the files as mp3. So, you were able to convert to *.wav?

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    The file you sent to me was .m4a, it converted without issues, if it was saved as .mp3 on your system then the converter would not work.

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    Maybe a screenshot showing the properties would help?

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    Maybe a screenshot showing the properties would help?
    Capture.PNG

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    Re: m4a to mp3

    Enable file extensions in Windows File Explorer and rename the .mp3 to .m4a and dBpoweramp would recognize it.

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