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How to Convert iTunes M4P to MP3

By Catrina Jones

Updated on March 05, 2019

M4P (MPEG 4) is a kind of iTunes audio format which is often seen in Apple Music M4P file and iTunes protected M4P file. You cannot play protected M4P music on your PC or iOS devices unless they are authorized with your Apple ID. To solve this problem, converting protected M4P to MP3 can be a great solution. MP3 is a popular audio format and it is supported by almost all media players and portable devices.

Here we show you 2 different methods to convert M4P to MP3: using our recommended M4P to MP3 converter or iTunes. Let's take a look at them one by one.


Part 1. Convert Protected M4P to MP3 in Batch

Generally speaking, freeware can't convert iTunes protected M4P to MP3 because of the DRM. Therefore, you will need tool that can do both: remove DRM and convert M4P to MP3

TuneFab Apple Music Converter is a tool that I highly recommend. It is the best iTunes M4P to MP3 converter that converts protected M4P, AAC, AAX, AA, M4B to MP3 with 16X conversion speed. It supports a variety of output formats including MP3, M4A, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, AC3, MKA, M4R, etc. And it lets you preserve ID3 tags like title, artist, album of art, track number in the converted song. You can select any quality level you want to keep the converted songs.

Step 1. Launch TuneFab M4P to MP3 Converter

Download, install and launch TuneFab Apple Music Converter on your computer. iTunes will be automatically launched at the same time. All iTunes playlists  including your Apple Music, iTunes purchased songs, Audible audiobooks, iTunes audiobooks, etc. will be imported into the program automatically. 

Step 2. Select iTunes M4P Songs to Convert

You need to select the M4P files that you want to convert to MP3 manually from the "Playlists" section. Select a playlist, then preview the M4P songs from that playlist. If you find the songs that you want to convert, you can select it simply by clicking the checkbox next to it. 

Because this converter support batch conversion, so you can add multiple songs at a time. For example, you can select and convert 50 - 100 songs at a time. It can convert these songs at 16X faster speed. 

Select iTunes M4P Songs

Step 3. Choose MP3 as Output Format

Now you need to select MP3 as the output format. Find "Output Settings" from the bottom of the main interface. At there, you can select "Output Format", and then choose "MP3" from the drop down options. 

Note: As we mentioned before, you can convert M4P at 16X faster speed. You can change the conversion speed from here: Click at "Options" tab and you will find the option to adjust the conversion speed easily. (But the Mac version of this program is limited to 1X speed when converting files.)

Choose MP3 as Output Format

Step 4. Start Converting M4P to MP3

Finally, click "Convert" button to start converting iTunes M4P to MP3.

Convert M4P to MP3

Step 5. Sync DRM-free iTunes Songs to iPhone/iPad/iPod

After converting iTunes M4P to MP3, you can start transferring them to other devices for offline playback. 

Also Read: How to Play Apple Music on iPod shuffle/nano/classic

Part 2. Convert M4P to MP3 Free with iTunes

This method only applies to DRM-free iTunes songs. If you want to convert protected M4P to MP3 or convert protected AAC to MP3, please use TuneFab Apple Music Converter in Part 1.

Step 1. Download and install iTunes on your computer. Launch iTunes and go to "Edit" > "Preferences". If you are using Mac, then go to "iTunes" > "Preferences".

Step 2. You will see the General Preferences window, go to "General" > "Import Settings".

Import Settings in iTunes

Step 3.  Select "MP3 Encoder" from the pop-up window. Click on "OK" to save the settings.

Choose MP3 Encoder

Step 3. Go to a playlist and select the song you like to convert to MP3, then click on "File" > "Create New Version" > "Create MP3 Version".

Convert M4P to MP3 with iTunes

Step 4. iTunes will start converting them, and you will find the MP3 songs in iTunes when the conversion is done.

Video Tutorial: Easy Solution: How to Convert M4P to MP3

Thanks to TuneFab Apple Music Converter, it can help you listen to Apple Music offline with more freedom. For example, you can choose to transfer Apple Music to SD card and insert to other non-Apple devices for playback. Or you can transfer Apple Music to iPod Nano to enjoy. All in all, it is an easy program to use and the conversion process is stable and secure. Let's try it free and have fun!

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