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2 Methods to Convert AAC to MP3

Karlie Harris
BY Karlie Harris   
LAST UPDATED: Dec. 18, 2016

We all know music bought from the iTunes Store are encoded by Advanced Audio Coding (AAC). And it comes with three file extension: .m4a, .m4p and .aac for different uses. Although AAC works well widely, it isn't compatible with as many devices as MP3 format. So you may want to convert the iTunes songs from AAC to MP3. Here we will show you two step-by-step tutorials to help change AAC format to MP3.

Method 1 Convert AAC to MP3 with iTunes

Step 1. Set to "Create MP3 Files"

Launch the iTunes on your computer. For Windows users, go to "Edit" > "Preference". For Mac users, go to "iTunes" > "Preference".

Step 2. Go to "Import Settings" Window

In the "Preference" window that pops up, click on "Import Settings…" towards the bottom of the General tab to open "Import Settings" window.

Step 3. Choose "MP3 Encoder"

From the "Import Using" drop-down, you can choose the format that you want to convert the song to. To convert AAC to MP3, choose "MP3 Encoder" here. Additionally, you are able to customize the audio quality by clicking on "Settings" icon.

Choose MP3 Encorder

Step 4. Convert AAC to MP3

Find the song or songs in AAC format in your iTunes library and click on "File" menu > "Create New Version" > "Create MP3 Version". Or you can directly right click the selected AAC files and choose "Create MP3 Version" from the pop-up menu.

Convert AAC to MP3

Once the conversion from AAC to MP3 completed, you'll have one copy of the file in each format. If you don't need the duplicate, you may need to spend some time to delete the original AAC files.

Method 2 Convert Protected-AAC to MP3

For the common AAC files, iTunes can help you convert them to MP3. But if you want to convert iTunes DRM-ed AAC songs to free MP3 format, it will let you down. When it comes to this question, you may stuck for the solution about how to convert protected AAC songs to MP3. For help you do that, we will introduce an effective method to you – using Apple Music Converter.


Apple Music Converter is one of the best DRM removal which allows you to remove DRM protection from music files to break down the iTunes limitations for transferring among computer and devices. It not only convert protected audio files to other formats, but also convert non-protected audio files to other formats. With Apple Music Converter, you can easily convert either DRM-ed AAC or free AAC files to MP3 without much effort. What's more, you can also convert the AA, AAX audiobooks from Audible to MP3 for enjoying on your MP3 players.

Apple Music Converter – Help Convert AAC Files Easily

Apple Music Converter is an easy-to-use tool which empowers you to convert no matter protected AAC or free AAC to MP3 format.

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Step 1. Choose AAC Files

After launched the Apple Music Converter, all your music files in iTunes will be imported to this program. Find the catalogue which contain the purchased AAC files from "Playlist" section. Tick the front box to choose the AAC files you want to convert.

Select M4P Files

Step 2. Select MP3 as Output Format

At the bottom of this program's pane, choose MP3 as the output format and you can customize the Profile, Advanced, Output Folder and Output Files here.

Change Output Settings

Step 3. Convert DRM-ed AAC to MP3

Click on "Convert" button to start removing DRM protection from iTunes music and convert AAC to MP3.

Start Converting

That' it. You can convert AAC to MP3 with few steps by following the two guide we introduced above. For your convenience, we highly recommend Apple Music Converter to help you create MP3 version from AAC files due to its powerful DRM removing features. If you want to enjoy music anytime and anywhere, just download it below.


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