How to convert M4A to text in 2020 (used by 10,000+ happy people)

Transcribe can automatically convert your M4A to text in minutes:

1. Click on "New Automatic Transcription"

This will load a page where you can upload your M4A file. First, customize your transcript by choosing the timecode insertion interval, start/end positions and speaker identification.

Once you're ready, click on the "Upload File" button to select the M4A file that you want to upload for convertion.

Various automatic transcription options.

2. Wait for a few minutes for the automatic transcription to finish

When your transcript is ready, you will receive an email with a link to your transcript.

Click on the "Edit" button on the sidebar to load the transcript in Transcribe's integrated editor + player for further editing.

3. Edit your transcript

Click on "Choose audio/video" to select the M4A file again (due to privacy reasons we don't store your M4A file on our servers).

Upload audio for self transcription.

Once you choose the file, an audio player will open up right above the text editor.

4. Control the playback of the M4A file

Transcribe provides handy keyboard shortcuts to control the playback of the audio. For example, you can slow it down, rewind or skip forward using these shortcuts.

5. Listen to the audio and edit your transcript

Transcribe's tightly integrated player + editor makes it really easy to listen to your audio and make edits on a single screen, without juggling between a media player and a Word editor.

Integrated media player and editor.

You can speed up or slow the audio down, listen to it and just type along. Be sure to use the handy keyboard shortcuts mentioned in Step 4 to effortlessly control the audio playback to match your typing speed.

Transcribe will auto-save every keystroke. The transcribed text is stored in your browser and is not sent to our servers. This data is persisted even if you restart your browser or computer as long as you don't clear your browser's cookies or cache.

6. Export your transcript

When you have finished editing your transcript, you can download the transcript as a .doc file to your computer by clicking on the export icon in the toolbar above the editor.

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