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How to Successfully Convert Protected AAC to MP3

By Laura Barnes

September 12, 2017

You may want to convert protected AAC to MP3 due to the incompatible problems. However, it's an intractable task, as these protected AAC files are DRM encrypted. The DRM protection is aimed to protect digital content so that users cannot play and edit them except on some Apple authorized devices or software like iTunes.

It is clear that converting these protected AAC files to MP3 can help you get rid of DRM disturbance and use the audio file more freely. Then, you will never meet the unplayable issues.


Part 1. What's Protected AAC Audio File

Protected AAC files, in a special M4P format (.m4p), usually involves iTunes songs purchased from iTunes Store before 2009 and current Apple Music. Since 2009, Apple has announced a significant upgrade to iTunes Plus that the ulterior iTunes songs are free from DRM restriction. However, Apple Music issued a few years later still adopts the protected AAC files for copyright protection.

So if you still have the old iTunes songs or enjoy Apple Music, you may find these protected AAC files cannot be played on non-Apple branded device or software. That's why you need to convert protected AAC to available MP3 with DRM stripped, therefore you're free to use AAC audio on any device you like.

Part 2. How to Convert Protected AAC to MP3

What makes protected AAC special is the DRM encryption technology in case of copyright piracy. Obviously you need to first bypass the DRM barricade to get the available MP3 file. But ordinary audio converter fails to cope with protected AAC due to the strong defense of DRM. Here we introduce you a powerful DRM removal and converter, TuneFab Apple Music Converter, to specifically solve this problem.

Convert AAC to MP3

TuneFab Apple Music Converter has dedicated to the DRM removing career with great eminence. At the same time, it will perform the work of converting the cracked AAC files to MP3 as you want. Or you can also choose other available conversion formats. Better still, the whole removing and conversion process will be completed in a few minutes and won't waste you too much time even if you are converting a batch of protected AAC to MP3. This software has also taken conversion quality into account with the least sound loss and the complete preservation of ID3 tags.

TuneFab Apple Music Converter has for years prides great strengths on its high efficiency, least sound loss and simple operation. In this post, let's see how to convert protected AAC to MP3 with this software step by step.

Step 1. Download TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Go to download and install TuneFab Apple Music Converter. Once installed, the software will firstly open with your iTunes automatically on to sync the account and playlist.

Sync Audiobooks Playlist

Step 2. Add the Whole Protected AAC Audio

Now you can go to "Library" or the "Search" box to seek for the protected AAC files that you want to convert. You can see the "Type" of the song ("Apple Music") or the file extension (.m4p) to know whether the AAC files are protected. If you want to see the selected protected AAC songs in certain order, just pay attention to the selection sequence.

Select Audiobooks

Step 3. Select MP3 as Output Format

You can see the "Output Settings" area at the bottom. Here you should choose MP3 in the "Output Format" options. It would be better that you can browse the "Output Folder" to determine the output storage file. Keep other parameters as they are.

Select MP3 Format

Step 4. Start Converting Protected AAC to MP3

Now simply click on the green "Convert" button and the TuneFab Apple Music Converter will instantly get your selected protected AAC files converted to MP3.

Convert Audiobooks to MP3

So you don't have to worry about the playback problem of protected AAC files. Simply with TuneFab Apple Music Converter, you can convert DRM protected AAC to MP3 quickly. Now enjoy your MP3 music freely.

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