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How to Convert Apple Music M4P to MP3

By Catrina Jones

Updated on February 28, 2019

Apple Music comes with incredible features, but it also comes with an age-old problem for music listeners: how can you listen to Apple Music on non-Apple devices? The default format of Apple Music track is M4P, a DRM-protected format which is not compatible with many portable devices, including MP3 player, Android tablet, PS4, and even old iPods like iPod classic/nano/shuffle.


You cannot avoid downloading M4P songs from Apple Music subscription. But, you can surely avoid being trapped by the DRM protection. The best way to get around the DRM roadblock is to convert Apple Music to MP3. Compared with M4P, MP3 is more widely used and almost all players or devices can play MP3.


Here is a quick breakdown on how to convert Apple Music files to MP3 using the best Apple Music Converter in 2019.



What You'll Need to Convert Apple Music to MP3

1. TuneFab Apple Music Converter

It's not exactly challenging to convert Apple Music songs to MP3 provided that you have prepared a professional tool like TuneFab Apple Music Converter. TuneFab has over 3 years of experience in decrypting Apple's FairPlay DRM. It has all the necessary knowledge to help you convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A or other audio formats.

The main features of Apple Music Converter include:

• Convert Apple Music to MP3/M4A/AAC/AC3/FLAC/AIFF

• Convert iTunes M4A or iTunes M4P songs to MP3

• Convert iTunes M4B audiobooks to MP3/M4A

• Convert Audible AAX/AA audiobooks to MP3/M4A

• Support batch conversion & 16X conversion speed

• Retain original music quality and ID3 tag information


2. iTunes

To help TuneFab Apple Music Converter get full access to your Apple Music or iTunes music library, you are required to install iTunes on your Windows or Mac PC.

• iTunes: iTunes 12.2 or later

• Mac: macOS 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14

• Windows: Windows 10/8.1/8/7


See How to Convert Apple Music to MP3 Step by Step

Step 1. Launch TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Download, install, then launch TuneFab Apple Music Converter on your computer. Meanwhile, iTunes will be activated automatically.

Heads Up: The software provides a free trial which allows you to convert 3 minutes of each Apple Music song for free. You can download the software and fully evaluate its features before you decide to get the full version.

Step 2. Understand the Main Interface of the Software

The main interface of TuneFab Apple Music Converter is divided into different sections, including top menu, iTunes playlists, output settings, metadata, etc. The UI is very intuitive so you will know exactly what each section is used for.


Step 3. Select Apple Music Songs You Want to Convert

You will see all iTunes playlists showing up in the left column. Click on the Apple Music playlist, and you can easily select Apple Music songs that you want to convert by ticking the little check box.


Sometimes it might be difficult to find the song you want to convert, if that so, use the "Search" function. It will help you find a song by searching for its name, artist, or album info. By the way, the software supports converting songs in batch. It will save lots of your time.

Select the Apple Music Songs

Step 4. Choose MP3 as Output Format

TuneFab Apple Music Converter supports 9 output formats including MP3, M4A, AAC, AC3, AIFF, FLAC, AU, M4R, and MKA. You can go to "Output Settings" tab then select MP3 as the output format.


In addition to output format, you can also adjust other output parameters such as bit rate, sample rate, codec, etc. To make sure that you have the best output quality, it’s highly recommended that you set the bit rate as 256 Kbps and sample rate as 41,000 Hz. This makes sure that you get the original Apple Music quality.

Specify Output Format

To speed up the conversion speed, you can go to "Options" then adjust the conversion speed to the one you like.

Adjust Conversion Speed

Step 5. Start Converting Apple Music to MP3

It’s almost done. The final step is to click at the "Convert" button to start converting Apple Music songs to MP3. You will see a new conversion window pop up which shows you the entire progress of the music conversion.


When it shows "Completed" in Status, it means the song is successfully converted from Apple Music M4P to MP3. You can click at the "Explore Output File" button to locate the converted Apple Music songs on your local folder.

Convert Apple Music to MP3


Now It's Your Turn to Convert Apple Music to MP3

This tutorial is intended to help those who want to convert Apple Music to MP3 for personal use. We do not encourage any commercial purpose of distributing the DRM-free Apple Music to others. With TuneFab Apple Music Converter, you are able to convert Apple Music to 9 different formats and keep your Apple Music songs forever even when Apple Music subscription ends. Now start to convert Apple Music to MP3 and enjoy!


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