Convert QuickTime M4A audio file to text

How can I convert a QuickTime M4A audio file to text? This is a long meeting recorded onto Quicktime. Thanks for any help.

Software/Hardware used:
Macbook Pro with touchbar, Sierra

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Here’s the step-by-step guide to transcribe with Voice Typing with Google Docs 

1. Find a quiet space
To transcribe with Voice Typing, listen to the recording via earphones, then speak the words you hear out loud. 
If there’s significant background noise, or many people speaking at once, the transcription will be less accurate.
I might try a cable that hooks the speaker port to the mic port, see if that works.

2. Plug yourself in
Use earphones to listen to the recording, so that when you speak, the Voice Typing tool only hears your voice, not the recording.

3. Open a blank Google Doc
Go to the Google Doc home page, and click “start a new document.”
This is what your blank doc looks like.

4. Open the Voice Typing tool
Under the “Tools” dropdown menu, select “Voice Typing.” Or use the shortcut Command+Shift+S to open the Voice Typing tool.
5. Ensure the Voice Typing button appears
When you click “Voice Typing,” the recording button will appear on the left side of your document:
6. Ensure your microphone is turned on and your language is set
As Google Help explains, “to use voice typing or voice commands, your computer microphone needs to be on and working. Devices and microphones vary, so check your computer manual for instructions. Microphone settings are typically in the System Preferences on a Mac, or the Control Panel on a PC.”
7. Click the recording button, and begin speaking
To begin transcribing, click the Voice Typing button. The microphone icon will turn red to indicate the tool is active. 
When speaking very quickly the transcription became less accurate.
8. Watch along as you transcribe
Be sure to watch along as you speak and the tool transcribes, as occasional glitches occur. 

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  • ToddN2000
    Just google the issue. There are a few free on line converters but limit the size. There are a few other services some charging as much as $1.00 a minute with 12 hr turn around. I would love to have one that can convert You Tube tutorial into text but have not found anything really worthwhile.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    If you have another iPhone/iPad/Mac you can try to play the recording/M4A file into the normal dictation facilities that the said devices already have. If it is successful, next email the file to the same device where you want to get the text. Also there is an App called 'Soundflower' which is compatible for the same OS, which is mentioned on Software/Hardware used: tag.
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