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How to Convert Apple Music M4P to AAC(.m4a)

Karlie Harris
BY Karlie Harris   
Last Updated: Sept. 27, 2016

Since Apple unveiled Apple Music last year, it has received more and more popularity. Now it is considered to be one of the most popular online music streaming services available in the world. But the music downloaded from Apple Music in M4P format come with DRM which means you are limited to play the songs on your own device. If you don't continue to subscribe it, you can't play the music in an M4P format even you downloaded the songs. So maybe you need to remove the DRM protection by convert M4P to M4A/AAC.

Part 1 Difference between M4P, M4A and AAC

The file extension .m4p and .m4a are primarily associated with Apple iTunes audio files and Apple Music files which are encoded by Advanced Audio Coding (AAC). But the DRM-free music you download from iTunes is in m4a format, while the music with DRM protection is in m4p format.


1. AAC is an audio coding standard, while M4P, M4A is only a file extension.

2. M4P is in the DRM-restricted form of AAC, while M4A is in DRM-free form.

3. An AAC encoded audio can have the AAC, MP4 and M4A extension.

Part 2 M4P to M4A Converter

Apple Music Converter is a good tool which can help you convert M4P to M4A easily. Just need few seconds, your music files will become free from any restriction by removing the DRM protection. Then you can save it on your iPhone, iPad or transfer and share it with your friends at will. Also, you can convert between various audio formats like WMA, FLAC, MP3, AIFF, etc. What's more, this M4P to M4A converter allows you to extract audio tracks from iTunes video files and save them in other popular audio format. So you can just listen to the audio on your phone while walking.

Apple Music Converter –Convert M4P to M4A Easily

Apple Music Converter can help your remove the DRM protection of M4P files and convert it to M4A.


Part 3 How to Convert M4P to M4A

Step 1. Launch the Apple Music Converter

After downloading and installing this converter, double click the icon to launch this program. The iTunes will be opened along with the program, and then you will see the iTunes files showed on the main interface.

Launch Apple Music Converter

Step 2. Choose the M4P files

On the right of the window, select the M4P files you wish to convert.

Select M4P Files

Step 3. Output Settings

On the bottom of the interface, select M4A as the output format. In addition, you can set the "Advance", "Profile", "Folder" and "Outfile" by yourself. The parameter of "Advance" including "Codec", "Bitrate", "SampleRate" and "Channels" can be customized on the right.

Change Output Settings

Step 4. Convert M4P to M4A/AAC

After all is done, click the "Convert" button on the top of the window. Then this M4P converter will convert your Apple Music to DRM-free M4A format quickly.

Start Converting

With those four simple steps, you can remove the DRM protection of Apple Music files and convert Apple Music to other unprotected format such as M4A, MP3. It will give you a better music enjoyment experience. Apart from Apple Music, you can also convert Audiobooks (M4BAA) to MP3 for reading freely on your devices. Download from below link and take a try.



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