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How to Convert iTunes M4P Music to MP3

Roger W.
BY Roger W.   
Last Updated: Sept. 22, 2016

If you are an iPhone, iPad or iPod user, you may be familiar with the music file with file extension of ".m4p". You may also know the annoying truth that the music tracks purchased from iTunes Store or downloaded from Apple Music in M4P format come with DRM (Digital Rights Management protection). You cannot play M4P music files on your own mobile devices other than iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

What if you want to enjoy M4P music on the MP3 player or on your newly purchased Android device? Easy. Use an M4P to MP3 converter to remove the DRM protection and convert M4P to plain MP3, AAC, WAV, etc.

Apple Music Converter is an ideal tool for converting iTunes M4P to MP3. This program converts M4P files at a speed rate of up to 16X. you can use advanced audio parameters like encoder bit rate, sample rate, codec, and audio channel to optimize your music conversion. After conversion, ID3 tags for song names, artist, album, artworks, etc. in MP3 output files will be preserved. By using this iTunes Music Converter, you can take full control of the music stored on your iTunes music library.

Apple Music Converter - Convert iTunes M4P Music to MP3 Easily

This software works fine on iTunes M4P, M4B music, and Apple music.


Convert Protected M4P Music to MP3 in 4 Steps

Step 1. Download M4P to MP3 Converter

Download the program by clicking the "Download" button provided above. Then, install it on your computer.

Install Apple Music Converter

Step 2. Select Music You Want to Convert

The program will automatically obtain all media files such as music, playlist, TV shows, etc. from your iTunes, so there is no need to import files. Just select those you want to convert.

Select iTunes Music

Tips: If the program doesn't detect your iTunes library media files, make sure that you have authorized your computer on iTunes. It is accessible from Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer.

Authorize iTunes on Computer

Step 3. Select Output Format as MP3

After selecting the target music, you can choose the output format as MP3 or others. The available output formats are MP3, AA3, AU, FLAC, FLAC, M4A, and MKA currently.

Select MP3 as Output Format

Tips: You can also customize the output file settings such as bit rate, sample rate, codec, audio channel, etc.

Step 4. Start to Convert DRM-ed M4P to MP3

Click the "Convert" button to start transfer M4P to MP3. After conversion, you can explore the output files and folders by right clicking the completed items on the main interface.

Convert M4P to MP3

Learn More: Everything You Need to Know about M4P

What is M4P?

M4P stands for MPEG 4 Protected (audio). It is a file extension for a protected audio file encoded with the advanced audio codec (AAC). The M4P file extension is seen in an Apple iTunes purchased song which uses Apples "Fairplay" DRM (digital rights management).

What Opens an M4P?

In order to open and play a protected M4P file, you have to authorize your computer using Apple iTunes, which is done by entering your Apple ID with correct password for the account that downloaded the audio file. Up to five computers can be authorized with the same account.

Besides, you can use iPhone, iPad, iPod and QuickTime Player to open M4P files. In a word, M4P files can only open by Apple devices.

If you want to play M4P files on more devices, you can use our Apple Music Converter to convert it to common audios files such as MP3, FLAC, and M4A.



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