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Why and How to Convert Apple Lossless to MP3

Zoey Wesson
BY Zoey Wesson   
LAST UPDATED: Feb. 05, 2017

In previous post we've discussed about lossless music formats vs. lossy music formats, but we haven't covered the situation why you would convert a lossless audio file to a lossy one and how to manage such a conversion. So if you are googling about how to convert your Apple Lossless to MP3 for saving space on your iPod or MP3 player, then you can follow the steps to make your ALAC tracks available as MP3 for universal playability and space-saving.

Why Convert ALAC to MP3

Apple Lossless, also known as Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), is an audio coding format developed by Apple Inc. for lossless data compression of digital music. It is distributed within the M4A container format, so the Apple Lossless files will have the .m4a file extension. MP3 is the most common lossy format and nearly every digital device in the world with audio playback can read and play MP3 files, including PCs, Macs, Androids, iPhones, Smart TVs and more. And here are the reasons why you might want to convert Apple Lossless to lossy MP3:

  • MP3 is a popular format supported by almost any device capable of playing audio while ALAC is only supported by Apple devices including iPod, iPad, iPhone, etc.

  • ALAC files are big which will take up a lot of storage space while MP3 is much smaller in size which is easy to put on social websites. And MP3 can save space on your devices.

How to Convert Apple Lossless to MP3

Apple Music Converter is able to unlock DRM protection from iTunes music, Apple Music and Audible audiobooks. It can convert any DRM-ed M4B, M4A, AA, AAX audio files to plain MP3, AC3, FLAC, MKA, etc. All the converted MP3 files will contain the original ID3 tags and metadata information, and it allows you to edit music metadata info manually before conversion as well. You are able to convert multiple Apple Lossless tracks at once and enjoy up to 16X faster conversion speed.

Apple Music Converter - ALAC to MP3 Converter

It is a powerful tool that deals with all sorts of conversion tasks, including Apple Lossless to MP3 conversion.

Step 1. Launch Apple Music Converter

Run Apple Music Converter and wait for a moment until iTunes is launched successfully.

Launch Apple Music Converter

Step 2. Preview and Select ALAC files

Go to "Library" and select the Apple Lossless (.m4a) files you want to convert to MP3. You can select multiple tracks by clicking the check-box next to the item,

Preview and Select ALAC files

Step 3. Choose MP3 as Output Format

Go to "Output Settings" and select "MP3" as the output format. You can also customize the output settings such as sample rate, bit rate, codec, etc.

Choose MP3 as Output Format

Step 4. Convert Apple Lossless to MP3

Click on "Convert" button to start converting Apple Lossless to MP3 file. After conversion, click on "Explore Save File" to locate the converted files.

Convert Apple Lossless to MP3

With Apple Music Converter, you'll be able to convert Apple Lossless, Apple Music tracks, iTunes songs or audiobooks into the format your need.


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