How do I open an m4a song?

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    My daughter emailed me two m4a songs she did and on my iPad Mini all i have to do to listen to them is touch the m4a
    Icon and they play. Well...is there a way I can get these songs into iTunes, because now they're just in my email and will fall off the grid in a few days.

    Also...I sent the songs to a friend and she can't open them. Any suggestions? I really need help.
     
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    You could try using the iTunes option "Create mp3 version". That might do it. Have to admit, I'm not familiar with the m4a file type. Sounds like it might be the audio stream from an m4v. Have you tried opening it in QuickTime? That might buy you some time while you get it figures out (if it works). You could probably open it in VLC too. There aren't many audio/video files that it won't handle.

    This will have to be done on PC/Mac.
     
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    Could you tell me how I open it in Quick Time? It gives me about 5 options to "Open In" but none of them make sense. Thanks.
     
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    Probably because the file makes no sense to the iPad. I think you need to open it on a PC with one of the programs I suggested. It might be worth asking how the file was created in the first place. Whatever created it might be necessary to play it.

    Just found this. It might prove useful.

    Converting m4a to mp3 in iTunes
     
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    Thanks so much, you guys! I will try those things and also send the info to my PC friend so maybe she'll be able to open
    it. Thanks again.
     
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    iTunes plays m4A files natively just fine. SImply import the files to iTunes.
     
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    Can I do that on my iPad? If not, how do I do it on my Macbook? (Thanks!)
     
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    From the File menu, Add to Library
     
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    The m4a is sitting in an email. There's nothing under 'File' that says anything about Location except for 'Open Location', which just highlights the address bar. Now what?
     

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