M4R is a filename extension for AAC format, which is developed by Apple Inc. It is typically used to save custom iPhone ringtones from Apple iTunes. M4R can only be created from iTunes purchased songs and is usually DRM protected. It can open on iTunes, VLC Media Player, Apple QuickTime Player, and more.
M4A is a filename extension for AAC container format and is developed by Apple Inc. M4A music is bought on the iTunes Store and does not come with DRM protection. In terms of quality, M4A is better than MP3 because it is lossless but still compressed. This means that it occupies less storage space and doesn’t lose quality over time.
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