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How to Rip iTunes Music to MP3

By Vicky Lewis

Updated on December 31, 2018

The songs you purchased from iTunes Store now are in the high-quality AAC format. But you might notice that the AAC format is not as universally supported as MP3. And most of the portable devices or media players are not compatible with AAC. 

Therefore, we will show you how to rip iTunes music to MP3 so that you can listen to your iTunes music on any device with ease. Besides, if you have purchased DRM-protected songs from iTunes before 2009, you can follow this guide to rip the DRM off and convert iTunes music to MP3.


Part 1. Rip iTunes Music to MP3 Format in 2 Ways

How to Rip Protected iTunes Music to MP3

TuneFab Apple Music Converter is the best tool for you to convert a variety of iTunes audio files to MP3, including iTunes songs, Apple Music, iTunes audiobooks, Audible audiobook, etc. This program is powerful enough to remove DRM from all kinds of DRM-protected files including M4P songs, AAX/AA/M4B audiobooks and more. You can rip DRM off the iTunes music and save them as plain audio file such as MP3, M4A, FLAC, etc. What's more, TuneFab Apple Music Converter is able to convert multiple iTunes songs to MP3 at a time.

Then let's see how to get a DRM-free MP3 iTunes Music with TuneFab Apple Music Converter.

Step 1. Launch TuneFab Apple Music Converter on PC

Firstly, you need to download TuneFab Apple Music Converter and install it in your PC. After that, launch the program. iTunes will be launched at the same time.

Step 2. Select iTunes Music from Main Screen

Go to "Music" in the left column. All the music files from your iTunes library will be loaded in this program. You could select the iTunes songs you want by selecting the checkbox one by one. If you want to rip multiple songs at a time, you can select the checkbox at the top menu then all the songs in this category will be chosen.

Select iTunes Music File

Step 3. Customize Output Settings

Go to the "Output Setting" section from the main screen. From here you could select the output format as MP3. And you are also able to choose the output folder for saving the songs. What's more, you can reset the codec, bit rate, sample rate, and channels of the iTunes Music.

Choose MP3 as Output Format

Step 4. Start Ripping iTunes Music to MP3

The final step is to rip DRM from iTunes Music and convert it into MP3 format. Just click on the "Convert" button and the conversion will be done within minutes.

Rip iTunes Music to MP3

How to Rip Purchased iTunes Music to MP3 (DRM-free iTunes Music Only)

Step 1. Choose MP3 Encoder from iTunes Import Settings.

* Go to "Edit" > "Preferences".

* Select "Import Settings" from the General Preferences window.

* Finishing the above steps, you start convertingt iTunes AAC songs to MP3 with iTunes.

Select MP3 Encoder in iTunes Import Setting

Step 2. Convert iTunes AAC Audio to MP3 with iTunes

* Open your iTunes and go to iTunes Library. Select one song you want to rip to MP3 format.

* Click on File on the upper left corner. Then go to "Convert" > "Create MP3 Version".

Create MP3 Version in iTunes

That's it. You will see the converted MP3 songs directly in iTunes music library.

Part 2. More Tips about iTunes Music Format

There are mainly two kinds of iTunes Music formats of the purchase of the song from iTunes Store. One is DRM-ed AAC iTunes Music, while another is iTunes Plus format. Before April 2009, iTunes Music are all protected by Apple's FairPlay DRM, which means you could not copy or transfer the music even you have purchased them from the store. These songs are in the M4P format, which is an extension of AAC. But later, when iTunes Plus format released on April 2009, the purchased songs of iTunes Store were no longer DRM-protected.

If you want to get iTunes Music in MP3 format, try these 2 methods now, and you would find them really helpful!

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