How to Play M4A Files? Top M4A Players for Android

In today’s busy, hustling world, music is an escape, a release from reality. You might have seen, very often, people travelling by public transport, or sitting in cafes, or walking down roads would have their ears plugged in to drown out the outside world. 

People mostly use devices like iPods and walkmans, specifically to hear songs on the move or while working out. But why invest in those when you have an all-in-one mobile phone device? 

We will primarily be talking about the Android operating system in mobile phones. Android play store contains many music players, but not many support an extensive range of file formats. 


What are m4a files?

M4a is an extension of an audio file with lossy compression encoded through Advanced Audio Coding (ACC). This file format was launched to succeed in the MP3 audio file format. However, it had initially not been designed for audio but was the third layer in MPEG 1 or 2 MPEG video files. 

Here are a few m4a players for Android using which m4a formatted files can be opened. Music players like these will automatically detect m4a audio files on your mobile device and list them down in your music library. 

List of M4A Players for Android

1. Poweramp Music Player

This music player is still in a testing phase but is hands down one of the best m4a players in the Android play store. The range of audio formats that it supports are- mp3, mp4/m4a (incl. alac), ogg, wma, flac, wav, ape, wv, tta, mpc, aiff; V3 also plays opus, dsd (dff/dsf), mka, tak, and flv (audio). 

With such extensive file versatility and it also provides the user with powerful bass and treble feature, completely adjustable. It also has an added feature of lyrics support, and with the help of an extra plugin, you can find the song lyrics that are not innately available. 

2. JetAudio HD Music Player

This music player is again ranked as one of the best on the Android play store. This is because JetAudio enables the audio feed in high definition. It supports a number of file formats like .wav, .mp3, .ogg, .flac, .m4a, .mpc, .tta, .wv, .ape, .mod, .spx, .opus, .wma*, and many more.

Along with that, it has a feature of 32 equalizers to customize your music experience to your liking and has an option of 14 widgets to choose from for the best placement on the home screen for better access.




AIMP is one of the best choices of music players for Androids because it uses the playlist approach to playback music. This player again supports several audio file formats like AAC, APE, DFF, DSF, FLAC, IT, M4A, M4B, MO3, MOD, MP2, MP3, MP4, MPC, MPGA, MTM, OGG, OPUS, S3M, TTA, UMX, WAV, WEBM, WV, XM. 


It has a variety of themes like light, dark and black themes along with night and day mode. All these options are highly customizable.

This player also allows the user to crossfade tracks and use the music as a ringtone.

4. Music Player

This music player has become a user favourite because this app has top-notch functionalities and features. It supports things like mp3, m4a, wav, flac, ogg, aac, and others. 

One of the best features of this music player is that it scans your device for all possible, compatible audio files and arranges them according to albums, genres, artists, and directories. 

It also contains a built-in music equalizer, very easily customized by the user. 

5. Audiify Music Player

This is one of the most popular apps in the store right now. It is compatible with many audio formats, including m4a and mp3. This app also provides the feature of scanning and segregating your audio files according to a playlist, genre, folder, artist, album, and song. 

Like many others in the same category, this app has a powerful inbuilt equalizer in which you can easily adjust the sound settings. It also provides audiobook support, something that most apps don’t support.

6. VLC for Android

This is an open and free source multimedia player and allows all the audio file formats to play very easily on your device. 

It supports almost all the audio file formats like MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, MP3, AAC, M4A, FLAC, etc. 

This feature goes a step further and scans your external memory like an SD card along with the phone’s memory



With so many options and so many amazing features that are so user friendly, it is entirely understandable that a user may be confused about which music player to choose.

The best part about these apps is that they are entirely free!

So download all of them and check them out! Then you can make an informed, first-person decision based on accessibility, user interface, and the ultimate music experience that these players vow to provide!

Stefan Richard is one of the folks who can't have a life without technology, especially Microsoft products. He has more than 12+ experience in Information technology. He worked as IT trainer, network/system administrator and IT Infrastructure manager. Stefan is the co-founder of HecticGeek.

1 thought on “How to Play M4A Files? Top M4A Players for Android”

  1. That is great. Another method is to use Avdshare Audio Convert to convert M4A, FLAC, OGG, APE, etc audio files to MP3 on computer and then transfer the converted MP3 to Android phone for easy playback.


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