How to Convert DRM-Protected and DRM-Free iTunes M4P Music to MP3

Updated by Adam Gorden on Jan 03, 2018 13:14:01 PM.

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"I have some old music files downloaded from iTunes store that are protected with DRM. How can I set them free by removing the DRM from those iTunes songs. Any suggestion?"

"I have tried numerous programs that claim to convert iTunes music to MP3 from the "protected" M4P format...But none of them have worked. Can you suggest a reliable iTunes M4P converter that actually works? Thanks!"

If you have collected a large amount of iTunes songs, you may also like to convert those iTunes M4P music to MP3, or other common formats, for the purpose of backup or more versatile playback. No matter what it could be, you should read this post as it will introduce you the easiest ways to convert iTunes music files, including both the DRM-protected and DRM-free M4P to MP3 with the best iTunes music converter.

Everything You Need to Know about iTunes M4P Files

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In general, there are two types of iTunes songs: the ones with DRM, and the others without DRM.

For music bought from iTunes store between 2003 and 2009, they are encrypted with DRM (Digital Rights Management), a copyright technology used by Apple to limit the use of iTunes songs. All those old iTunes music files are encoded in M4P format, which can only be played on iTunes or Apple's iOS devices. In other words, users are not allowed to copy and transfer the DRM-protected iTunes music on non-Apple players even if they already legally purchased the songs. What's worse, because of the DRM, people only have limited times to burn the iTunes M4P songs to CDs. Let alone converting the M4P to MP3 or other formats. But if you bought the tracks or albums from iTunes afterwards, you can freely share them on any MP3 player as they are DRM-free.

No matter whether the M4P songs you bought from iTunes are protected with DRM or not, we'll show you the best ways to convert the M4P to MP3 with ease in the following guide.

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

Best DRM M4P to MP3 Converter You'll Need

To convert the DRM-ed iTunes M4P files to MP3, all you need is a third-party iTunes DRM removal tool, that is, TunesKit DRM iTunes M4P Converter, an all-in-one DRM M4P to MP3 converter to remove DRM from iTunes music while converting the M4P songs to MP3, or others such as AAC, M4A, WAV, FLAC, M4B, etc. This smart M4P converter can also remove DRM from Apple Music songs and convert them to MP3 losslessly. Thanks to this tool, you'll freely share the old iTunes M4P purchases to others without limit.

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Now you can follow the instruction here to see how to easily convert the DRM-ed iTunes M4P to MP3 format with TunesKit DRM M4P Converter.

Steps to Convert DRM iTunes Music to MP3

Step 1Import DRM iTunes M4P collections to TunesKit M4P Converter

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Launch TunesKit M4P to MP3 Converter and click "+" button 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 tracks to TunesKit to convert once.

Step 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. You can simply click the "Format" option and then choose output format as MP3 from the popup window. If you want to customize the music quality, you can change the codec, channel, sample rate, etc. according to your needs.

Step 3Start converting iTunes DRM M4P to MP3

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

For more details, you should visit: Complete Guide to Convert DRM M4P to MP3 >>

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Method 2. How to Convert non-DRM M4P to MP3 with iTunes

Although TunesKit DRM M4P Converter also works perfectly with DRM-free M4P files, you are highly recommended to use iTunes instead if you don't want to pay any extra money. Yes, in addition to a digital media store, iTunes itself can also be used as a free M4P to MP3 encoder that supports converting non-DRM M4P songs. Here's how to convert the common M4P files to MP3 using iTunes on PC/Mac.

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Step 1Launch iTunes and set output format as MP3

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

Step 2Convert non-protected iTunes M4P to MP3

Select one or more songs in your iTunes library, then select "Create MP3 version" from "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 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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