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iTunes Music Converter: Convert iTunes Music to MP3

Roger W.
BY Roger W.   
LAST UPDATED: Jan. 06, 2017

You may have noticed that the songs you buy or download from iTunes Store aren't MP3s, but AAC, or specifically M4P. These iTunes music may not be able to be played on MP3 players and many other devices, so many people want to convert iTunes music to MP3.

Before showing how to convert iTunes songs to MP3, I have to clarify two kinds of "iTunes Music". Nowadays, when some people say "iTunes Music" or "iTunes songs", they mean "Apple Music". The songs you downloaded from Apple Music are DRM protected. However, not all iTunes music are protected by FairPlay. iTunes has released some DRM-free music, marketed as iTunes Plus music which can be burned to CD as many times as you need, synced to any AAC-enabled device (such as iPad, iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV), and played on any Mac, Windows computers or media players you own.

Found on the situation, I divide this article into two parts to show you how to convert iTunes music to MP3.

Part 1 How to Convert Protected iTunes Music to MP3

To convert DRM protected iTunes music to MP3, Apple Music Converter is a must-have tool. Apple Music Converter is the top iTunes to MP3 Converter which can remove DRM from all Apple Music you downloaded and saved on iTunes library. If necessary, it can also remove DRM for music purchased from iTunes prior to 2009. This iTunes Music Converter helps you easily bypass DRM of iTunes Music and convert them to MP3, FLCA, M4R, AIFF, AC3, etc. With it, you can save your Apple Music songs forever even you end the subscrbtion of Apple Music.

Free download the trial version of Apple Music Converter and convert protected iTunes songs to MP3 quickly.

Step 1. Launched Apple Music Converter on PC/Mac

After downloading, install and launch the iTunes to MP3 Converter on your computer. iTunes will be opened automatically. Wait a moment, all playlist in your iTunes Library will be loaded to the program automatically, too.

Launched iTunes Music Converter
Step 2. Choose iTunes Songs

In the left side of the program, you can see all playlist on your iTunes library. Click any of the you need to expand the music. Then choose all music you want to convert to MP3.

Note: If the program doesn't detect your iTunes library media files, make sure that:

• You have authorized iTunes on your computer with your login name and password.

• You have downloaded the music you want to convert and saved them in iTunes library on your computer.

Choose iTunes Songs
Step 3. Select MP3 as Output Format

In "Output Settings" area, choose MP3 as output format. Apple Music streams at 256Kbps as standard, so we advise you to set the bit rate as at 256Kbps.

Select MP3 as Output Format
Step 4. Convert iTunes music to MP3

Click "Convert button at the left top to start iTunes to MP3 conversion. After conversion, click "Explore Save File" to find the converted files. All done!

Convert iTunes music to MP3

Part 2 How to Convert Unprotected iTunes Music to MP3

To convert unprotected iTunes music to MP3, you can finish it with iTunes. Here is the step-by-step guide.

Step 1. Open iTunes Preference

• Windows: Choose Edit > Preference

• Mac: Choose iTunes > Preference

Step 2. In the pop-up windows, go to General > Import Settings and then choose "MP3 Encoder".

iTunes Music to MP3

Step 3. When the songs you want to convert are highlighted, click the "File" menu in iTunes. Then click "Convert" and choose "Create MP3 Version".  The new MP3 file will appear next to the AAC version in iTunes.

Note: If you find that the "Create MP3 Version" option is greyed out, it is most likely that the music you want to convert is DRM protected. In this case, please follow the guide in Part 1.

Create MP3 Version


Here is the end of the comprehensive guide on how to convert iTunes music to MP3. For Apple Music users, I humbly recommend you to download Apple Music Converter. With this program, you can not only play Apple Music songs on iPhone, iPad, iTunes, but also on the unsupported devices, such as iPod nano, iPad classic, Windows phone, PS4, Chromecast, Roku, etc. Sounds great, isn't it?


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