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How to Convert Protected iTunes AAC File to MP3

By Laura Barnes

Updated on January 11, 2019

"I have about 200 songs in my iTunes that show up as "Protected AAC Audio Files" which are in M4P format. They are not playable on my MP3 player! I prefer a more portable format and am looking for a way to convert these protected iTunes AAC files to MP3. How can I do it?"

If you purchased your songs from iTunes Store before April 2009, then it's not surprised that your songs are DRM-protected AAC audio files. You can easily get the DRM-free AAC song from iTunes by upgrading your protected AAC file to iTunes Plus format. But if you want to convert protected AAC file to MP3, you probably need to use a professional iTunes music converter, such as TuneFab Apple Music Converter.

In this guide, let's see how to convert protected AAC to MP3 with this powerful program step by step.


Part 1. What Is Protected AAC File Audio File

The protected AAC file used to be the default filetype of music purchased from iTunes Store. It is built with the DRM encryption which prevents the song from being copied or shared.  However, after Apple introduced the DRM-free iTunes Plus format in April 2009, all songs bought form iTunes Store no longer have the DRM restriction. If you want to unprotect your iTunes AAC audio files, you can upgrade them to iTunes Plus format which is DRM-free.

But there is no guarantee that all protected AAC songs can be upgraded successfully. Usually the same album or song must also still be available in the iTunes Store otherwise you won't be able to convert or upgrade these protected AAC or M4P files into DRM-free version.

Here I will introduce the best alternative way to remove DRM from iTunes music and convert protected iTunes file including M4P, AAC, M4B, etc. to MP3.

Part 2. How to Convert Protected iTunes AAC File to MP3

Ordinary audio converter is not able to convert protected AAC due to the DRM restriction. That's why a powerful DRM Removal and converter, TuneFab Apple Music Converter, is specifically required to solve this problem.

TuneFab Apple Music Converter can perform DRM removal task professionally and it can convert protected AAC file to MP3 as you want. Apart from converting the protected AAC file, you can use this program to convert Apple Music to MP3 or convert iTunes M4B audiobook to MP3. All audio files playable in iTunes can be converted to MP3, M4A, FLAC, and more. Better still, the whole AAC to MP3 converting process will be finished within minutes.

Step 1. Download TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Download and install TuneFab Apple Music Converter on computer. Once launched, the software will open with your iTunes. All your iTunes audio files will be loaded on the main interface of the software.

Step 2. Add the iTunes Protected AAC Audio

Now you can go to "Library" or use the "Search" box to look for the protected AAC files that you want to convert. You can sort out the iTunes audio files by the file type.

Select Protected AAC File

Step 3. Select MP3 as Output Format

You can go to "Output Settings" > "Output Format" to set up the output format as MP3. And you can select another output folder to save the converted AAC files. Keep other parameters as they are if you don't want to change the quality settings.

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

That's it. With TuneFab Apple Music Converter, you can easily convert protected iTunes AAC files to MP3. So you don't have to worry about the playback problem of protected AAC files. Now enjoy your MP3 music on any device you like freely.

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