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How to Convert iTunes Protected AAC to MP3 on Mac/Windows

Roger W.
BY Roger W.   
LAST UPDATED: Feb. 16, 2017

Early shoppers on iTunes may still own protected AAC Audio songs. These tracks cannot be played on non-Apple branded media players. Therefore, many people want to convert the protected AAC files to plain MP3 format. Ordinary Audio Converters cannot convert protected AAC audio files since they are digital protected.In this post, we will show you how to convert Apple iTunes protected AAC audio files to common MP3 with the assistance of a Music DRM Removal.

Apple iTunes "Protected AAC Audio File"

Protected AAC audio file: A Protected AAC file was the default file type for songs purchased from the iTunes Store prior to the introduction of the Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free iTunes Plus format in April 2009. "Protected," in this case, means the DRM built into the file restricts it to being used on devices authorized with the Apple ID used by buying the song. This prevents the song from being copied or shared.

Protected AAC audio file

Purchased AAC audio file: A Purchased AAC file is what a Protected AAC file becomes when it's been upgraded to the iTunes Plus format. This file was still purchased at the iTunes Store, but it no longer has the DRM-based copy restrictions. All songs at the iTunes Store sold after April 2009 are in the DRM-free Purchased AAC audio file format.

Easy Steps to Convert Protected AAC to MP3

Apple Music Converter, which is a professional music DRM removal, can easily convert protected AAC to MP3 within seconds. Then, you can transfer the DRM-free AAC files to any device you like, like iPod and Android phone. Download the program and follow the guide below to remove DRM from AAC immediately. Never leave your favorite songs on the iTunes Store just because of the annoying DRM.

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Step 0: Preparation

Before starting the process, make sure you have the iTunes installed in your computer and the protected AAC Music files that you wanted to convert are added to the iTunes Library. If you don't have iTunes, get it from Apple Official Website.

Step 1. Launch Apple Music Converter

Launch Apple Music Converter and you will see the iTunes files automatically fetched by the software.

Launch Apple Music Converter
Step 2. Choose AAC File

From the left panel, choose the library or category that include the AAC songs that you wanted to convert. Then, choose the DRM protected AAC music from the list shown on the screen.

Choose AAC File
Step 3. Choose MP3 as Output Format

Move to the bottom of the window where we set the output configurations. Here you can choose MP3 as output format. Other areas will be automatically filled by the software with default values. If you wish to change them, you could also do that by changing the values in respective areas.

Choose MP3 as Output Format
Step 4. Convert AAC to MP3

All set, and it's the time to start converting the protected AAC files. To start the process, click the "Convert" Button on the top bar. It may take a few minutes to complete the process according to the number and size of the protected AAC files you chose.

Convert AAC to MP3

After conversion, you can click "Explore" to find the converted files and transfer them to any popular devices for playback. Enjoy!

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