How to Convert DRM-protected and DRM-free iTunes M4P Songs to MP3

Posted by Adam Gorden on September 26, 2016 11:14:01 AM.

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I have some old music files downloaded from iTunes store that are protected with FairPlay DRM. I'm wondering how to set them free by removing the DRM protection from those iTunes songs. Any help could be highly appreciated.

I have tried numerous programs that claim to be able to convert iTunes music files into MP3 from the "protected" M4P format...None of them have worked. Can anyone refer me to a iTunes M4P converter program that will actually work? Thanks!

If you are also looking for an efficient way to convert your iTunes M4P collection to MP3 or other non-DRM audio formats, you can read this article here to learn how to easily convert iTunes M4P, including the DRM-protected purchases as well as the current non-DRM files to MP3 with a few clicks only.

What You Need to Know about iTunes M4P Files

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For music bought from iTunes store between 2003 and 2009, there are DRM (Digital Rights Management) encryption on the songs. That's to say, you can only listen to those DRM-ed iTunes M4P songs on iTunes or Apple's devices. You are not allowed to copy and transfer the protected music files on non-Apple players. And because of the DRM, you only have limited times to burn the iTunes M4P to CDs. Let alone converting the iTunes M4P songs to MP3 or other non-DRM formats. But if you bought the music or albums from iTunes afterwards, you can freely share the DRM-free M4P songs as you like. No matter the M4P songs you bought from iTunes are protected or not, we'll show you two best ways to convert the M4P songs to MP3 with ease in the following article.

Part 1. How to Kill DRM from Old iTunes M4P Music Purchases to MP3

Best DRM M4P to MP3 Converter You'll Need

To convert the DRM-locked iTunes M4P songs to MP3, you'll need a third-party iTunes DRM removal tool. Here we are talking about TunesKit DRM M4P Converter, an all-in-one iTunes M4P converter to remove DRM control from iTunes music songs while converting the M4P files to MP3, as well as AAC, M4A, WAV, FLAC, M4B, etc. Besides, this M4P converter can also convert the DRM-protected Apple Music songs to MP3. With the assistance of this smart M4P to MP3 converter, you'll freely share the old iTunes M4P purchases to others.


Steps to Convert DRM M4P to MP3 with TunesKit iTunes Converter

1Import DRM iTunes M4P files to TunesKit M4P Converter

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Launch TunesKit M4P to MP3 Converter and click "Add Files" to load the DRM-protected iTunes M4P files. You can also add the songs by drag-and-drop. It supports batch conversion so that you can import multiple music tracks to TunesKit to convert once.

2Select MP3 as output format

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Currently TunesKit DRM M4P Converter supports several output formats, including MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, M4B, and FLAC. Here let's click the "gear" icon and choose output format as MP3.

3Start converting DRM-ed iTunes M4P to MP3

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Once the output format is set, you can begin converting the DRM M4P to MP3 by clicking the "Convert" button. And when the conversion finishes, you will get the DRM-free music songs with which you can freely share with others on different devices and platforms.


Part 2. How to Convert non-DRM M4P to MP3 within iTunes

Now you can follow the instruction as below to see how to easily convert the DRM-ed offline Apple Music M4P to MP3 or other formats with TunesKit Apple Music to MP3 Converter.

1Launch iTunes and set output format as MP3

First, open iTunes and click the General button, then click the Importing Settings... button in the lower section of the window. Choose "MP3" from the Import Using pop-up menu. Then click OK to save the settings.

2Convert M4P to MP3

Select one or more songs in your library, then select Create MP3 version from the File > Create New Version menu. To convert all the songs in a folder or on a disk, hold down the ⌥ Option (Mac) or ⇧ Shift (Windows). Then, select File > Create New Version > Convert. The Import preference" should be set to the file encoding format that you chose on the Importing Preferences page. iTunes will prompt you for the location of the folder or disk you want to import and convert.

Note: Two copies of the song will show up in your iTunes library during the conversion, including the original M4P file, and the new MP3 file. You should be able to play both files in iTunes. If you don't want to see both copies of the song file in your iTunes library, move the M4P file somewhere else. Try consolidating unwanted M4Ps into another folder, or removing them from the library but keeping the files on your computer for future use. Consider simply deleting the old file, if you don't think you'll need it. Be aware that conversions between compressed files can cause a slight loss in sound quality. Consider keeping the M4P files around until you're sure that the sound is still solid.


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