Is a media data format created by Apple. Named 'Quicktime' and is opened by a program with the same name. This format contains several tracks, each of which can store audio, video or text. Supported by a large number of encodings and in a single file, each element can use its own codec.
this is a lossless-format (and encoding algorithm) for Apple platforms. M4A is widely used in iPod players and as a component in QuickTime media-players. The m4a codecs decoder is found in open sources - this allows third party users to open files in that format.