Before you know such a tool to convert Apple Music, you may have thought of extracting Apple
Music downloads and converting them to MP3 with a common audio format converter. It's normal
that it fails.
Truth About Apple Music Downloads
When you download songs from Apple Music, you will get audio files with the .m4p file extension
name which are locked by Apple's
FairPlay DRM. By default, AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) is the
encoding format of M4P files
which makes Apple Music users can only play music on specific
(Apple Music is preinstalled on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and all macOS devices, and that
for Android is available on Android 4.3 or later.)
AAC VS. MP3
Honestly, the popularity of AAC format is much lower than MP3 at present, except for Apple
devices, most music players on the market still fail to support direct playback of AAC files.
According to Apple, this format has the same sound quality as MP3, and files encoded in AAC
format are slightly smaller than MP3. These are the reasons why you need to convert Apple Music
M4P to MP3.
Can You Convert Apple Music Without Quality Loss?
If you are an audiophile and wonder if it will reduce the sound quality when converting Apple
Music to MP3, it depends on the tool you use. When you do this with a
Apple Music to MP3 converter, you can set the parameter to match the original quality
the MP3 files in the best quality. If you prefer to use the official way to convert your
purchased songs from iTunes, the converted songs will be compressed.