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How to Convert Apple Music to MP3 (2021 Ultimate Guide)

By Catrina Jones

Updated on May 18, 2021

Apple Music is the music streaming service developed by Apple Inc in 2015. It has the largest music catalog which offers up to 60 million songs. To pay a flat fee - $9.99 per month, you can have full access to all the songs and albums and play them directly from devices that are linked to your Apple Music account.


(Apple Music is a preinstalled app on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and all macOS devices, and Apple Music for Android is available on Android 4.3 or later.)


However, your smartphone should not be the only option for listening to music, right? There are situations where you might want to put Apple Music tracks on devices that primarily play music, such as Sony Walkman, SanDisk Clip Jam, and other MP3 players that offer compelling features. And obviously, these media players are not on the list of Apple's authorized devices.


So here comes a question: how can you make Apple Music playable on unauthorized media players? You may also wonder if it is possible to reach the full potential of your music devices and make the best use of your Apple Music subscription?


The easiest workaround is to convert Apple Music to MP3.

Best Workaround Is To Convert Apple Music to MP3


In case you don't know, Apple Music songs (.m4p) are locked by Apple's FairPlay DRM, which makes it significantly difficult for an ordinary audio converter to read and convert protected Apple Music tracks.


Therefore, it is best to use a dedicated Apple Music converter that is packed with features like copy protection removal as well as protected audio conversion. It can help you easily download and convert Apple Music to MP3 for listening on an MP3 player.


TuneFab Apple Music Converter is an amazing program that I use, love, and highly recommend with confidence for your use. Hopefully, it'll help you as much as it helped me.



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Part 1. What Format is Apple Music?

As it is mentioned, when you download songs from Apple Music, you will get protected audio files with the .m4p file extension name. By default, the encoding format that Apple Music uses is MPEG-4 AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) format, which is slightly different from MP3 format. According to Apple, this format has the same sound quality as MP3. However, files encoded in AAC format are slightly smaller than MP3. For a deep-dive look, learn about what is M4P format. And normally, Apple Music songs are streamed at a bitrate of 256 Kbps and with a sampling rate of 44,100 Hz.


Part2. Overview of the Best Apple Music to MP3 Converter

To convert Apple Music songs, you will need a professional converter that is able to handle Apple Music DRM removal and convert between formats. Now let’s take a look at your best option: TuneFab Apple Music Converter.


Program Name

TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Developer

TuneFab

Supported OS

Windows: Windows 10/8.1/8/7 (64 bit)

Mac: macOS 10.12 or later

Supported Language

English, French, Japanese, German, Traditional Chinese

Paid Version

1-Month Subscription (1/PC), $13.95

1-Year Subscription (1/PC), $39.95

Dual Lifetime License (2/PCs), $69.95

Free Trial Version

30 days free trial (with usage limits)

Main Features

Convert Apple Music/iTunes music to other formats

Convert protected audiobooks to multiple formats

Preserve the original quality after conversion

Keep ID3 Tags, metadata info & audiobook chapter

5X to 10X conversion speed available

Output Formats

MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, AU, AC3


Besides the functions mentioned above, TuneFab Apple Music Converter aims at providing the fastest, easiest, and most convenient user experience. It has a very intuitive user interface and customizable output options.


Convenient: TuneFab Apple Music Converter will automatically connect with iTunes and show all media files stored in the iTunes library, including Apple Music songs. There's no need to upload Apple Music songs manually.


Fast: It can convert multiple songs, playlists, and albums at the same time at 10X speed saving you from the frustrating and time-consuming conversion process. (Mac version support 5X speed only)


High-quality: You don't need to worry about music quality at all because this converter provides you with various quality options. Simply setting the bitrate as 256 Kbps and sample rate as 44,100 kHz, and hit the Convert button, all downloaded Apple Music songs will be converted to the format you like with the original sound quality preserved.

Let's cut it short and check out how to convert songs from Apple Music to MP3 in 4 steps.


Kind Tips: Before getting started, make sure that you've added the song, playlist, or album to the iTunes Library, TuneFab will only read and load contents stored in the iTunes.

Add Taylor Swift Album to iTunes Library Before Converting


Part3. Convert Apple Music M4P to MP3 in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1. Run TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Download, install and launch TuneFab Apple Music Converter on your Windows PC or Mac, then iTunes will be activated immediately.

Step 2. Find the Apple Music tracks and select them

Click on the Refresh button and choose a Music playlist from the left column. The program will display all the music files on the main interface. Find the Apple Music songs and click the checkbox next to the song name.


If you can't find a specific song easily, you can use the Search feature to locate it or sort songs by album/name/type. (TuneFab also enables you to select songs from different playlists.)

Select Songs from Playlists


Step 3. Select MP3 as output format

After that, go to Output Settings > Output format section and choose MP3 as the exporting format. In the meantime, you can customize the conversion settings, destination folder, bitrate, sample rate, channel, and edit ID3 tags flexibly.

Select MP3 as Output Format


Step 4. Convert Apple Music to MP3

When you finish Step 1 – Step 3, click the Convert button to convert selected Apple Music songs to MP3 files. When the conversion process completes, you can find the converted files in the destination folder you set and listen to these unprotected Apple Music songs anywhere anytime without restriction.

Converting Apple Music  Songs to MP3 with TuneFab


In my test on Windows PC, I set the conversion speed as 10X, and guess what, it takes less than 10 minutes to convert a 45-minute album while maintaining the original music quality. TuneFab Apple Music Converter is extremely easy to operate, and it works like charm. But if you are running the program on macOS 10.13 or above, you can only choose the 5X conversion rate.


Part 4. How to Convert Song Files to MP3 with the Apple Music App or iTunes

Compared with songs from Apple Music, songs you purchased from iTunes or the Music App on Mac are not DRM-protected. They are also encoded in AAC format but with .m4a file extension. Conveniently, these purchased iTunes music can be directly converted to MP3 with iTunes and the native Apple Music App on Mac. After creating an MP3 copy of your favorite music, you can better manage and play them on your music device.

Note: Not necessarily all iTunes purchased music after 2009 is DRM-Free. Therefore, you may still have to check if it is attached with DRM protection and unprotect iTunes songs.

Convert Songs with the Apple Music on Mac

STEP 1. Adjust Import Settings.

Open the Apple Music app. Select Music > Preferences from the menu bar. And then, click the Files tab and click Import Settings.

STEP 2. Change encoding settings.

Click the menu next to Import Using, and choose MP3 Encoder and select an output quality from the setting drop-down menu. Don’t forget to click OK to confirm.

STEP 3. Convert songs to MP3 with Apple Music App.

Select songs in your library that you want to convert. On your keyboard, hold down the Option key, and choose File > Convert > Convert to [import preference]. And then the converted songs will appear in your library next to the original song files.

Tip: To convert songs from a folder or on a disk, just select the folder or disk after you select File > Convert > Convert to [MP3].


Convert Songs with iTunes on Windows PC

STEP 1. Import songs to iTunes.

STEP 2. Customize Settings.

Launch iTunes, and choose Edit > Preferences in the menu bar. Then, click the General tab, and choose Import Settings.

Choose Edit > Preferences

STEP 3. Choose MP3 encoder.

Click the menu next to Import Using, and then choose MP3 encoder, and change the desired quality. Click OK.

STEP 4. Convert songs to MP3 with iTunes.

On your keyboard, hold down the Shift key, and choose File > Convert > Convert to [import preference]. And select songs in your library or the folder or disk that contains songs you want to import and convert. Not long after, the converted songs and the original song files will be shown in your library.

Convert Songs to MP3 with iTunes


Part 5. Summary

After converting Apple Music to MP3 songs, you can import the converted MP3 files back to your iTunes music library or copy them to other non-iOS gadgets or computers without having to be authorized with your Apple ID. The best part is, even if you cancel your Apple Music subscription, you can still be able to keep Apple Music forever without paying a penny.


In short, TuneFab Apple Music Converter (Windows & Mac) is a multi-functional iTunes converter that supports converting iTunes music and audiobooks in various formats, such as M4P, M4A, AAC, M4B, AAX, AA, and more. Apart from that, it can also extract audio from iTunes M4V videos, and save audio files like MP3, M4A, AC3, FLAC, or other formats.


If you are interested in this program, you can download and try it for 30 days. Free users can enjoy all features but there's one limitation, that is you can only download and save the first 3 minutes of each converted song. If you want to download the complete music file, you'll need to upgrade to the full version which costs $13.95 per month.


Video Tutorial on Converting M4P Apple Music to MP3


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