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Top 3 Ways to Convert iTunes M4P to MP3

By Laura Barnes

Updated on January 25, 2019

M4P file is a kind of iTunes audio file, which is pretty similar to M4A, except that the M4P file is DRM protected. You cannot play protected M4P songs on your iTunes or iOS device unless the devices are authorized with your Apple ID. How to get away from all the restrictions and troubles, and enjoy M4P songs with more freedom? Converting 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.

This guide aims to help you figure out the best way to convert iTunes M4P files to popular MP3 files. 3 different methods will be included: using a professional M4P to MP3 converter, using iTunes or using free online converter. With a professional M4P DRM Removal, you can efficiently remove DRM and convert M4P to MP3. If your M4P file is not DRM protected, you can try converting it with iTunes or online converter.


Part 1. Quickly Convert iTunes Protected M4P to MP3

Generally speaking, freeware can't convert iTunes protected M4P to MP3 because of the DRM. Therefore, you will need a professional DRM removal software to remove DRM and convert M4P to MP3. TuneFab Apple Music Converter is highly recommended. This is the best iTunes M4P to MP3 converter that converts copyrighted M4P, AAC, AAX, AA, M4B to MP3 with 16X conversion speed. It supports a variety of outpuot formats including MP3, M4A, FLAC, AIFF, etc. After that, you can play iTunes purchased songs, or Apple Music songs on any device wanted with high quality. The following part will show you how to do it.

Step 1. Launch M4P to MP3 Converter

Download and install TuneFab Apple Music Converter on your computer and launch it. Then iTunes will be automatically launched at the same time. The iTunes library including your Apple Music, iTunes M4P files, Audible audiobooks, iTunes audiobooks, etc.  will be imported into the program automatically. 

Step 2. Add M4P Files to Convert

You need to select the M4P files that you want to convert to MP3 manually from the iTunes playlist. Go to the iTunes music playlist, preview all the M4P songs and check option box next to the song's name to designate music file you want to convert. You can add multiple songs at a time. 

Select M4P File

Step 3. Choose MP3 as Output Format

You can find the "Output Settings" at the bottom of interface. At there, you can select "Output Format". Choose "MP3" as output format because it's the popular and available audio format to every devices.

Choose MP3 as Output Format

Step 4. Start Converting M4P to MP3

You can go to click "Option" button at the top menu bar to set conversion preference (the best conversion speed is 1x-5x). Check "Metadata tags" option to preserve full information of converted music tracks (MP3 & M4A only).

Set Conversion Preference

After that press "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. To sync the MP3 to iOS devices, we highly recommend that you try TuneFab WeTrans, which is a powerfully iOS data transfer that can transfer music, video, photos, SMS and more between iOS devices and PC.

Part 2. Convert DRM-free M4P/M4A MP3 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", and then select "MP3 Encoder" from the pop-up window. Click on "OK" to save the settings.

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".

Create MP3 Version in iTunes

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

Convert Songs to MP3 in iTunes

Part 3. Convert M4P File with Free Online Converter

If you are looking for an easy-to-use online converter to convert DRM-free iTunes audio file to MP3, you can try FileZigZag. It's a free online file converter that is capable of converting multiple audio and video formats. You can just upload the M4P or M4A file to the website and follow the steps required to convert it MP3, AAC, M4R and more.

Part 4. Know More about iTunes M4P

M4P is a file extension for a protected audio file encoded with advanced audio codec (AAC), which is a lossy compression. M4P stands for MPEG 4 Protected (audio). That means, Apple iTunes purchased song are in .m4p format, which protected by Apple's Fairplay DRM. That's why people only can open it with iTunes and not able to play M4P on Android or other non-Apple devices.

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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