How to Convert iTunes M4P and ACC to MP3

By Justin SabrinaUpdated on October 12, 2022

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Want to convert iTunes M4P and AAC files to MP3 format to be compatible with your mobile device? This article teach you how to convert M4P/AAC to MP3 for Windows and Mac, including AAC Apple Music audio files, M4P Apple Music songs and general AAC and M4P files.

If you need to convert iTunes M4P/AAC files to MP3 format for playing on your MP3 player, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod classic, Walkman player, PS4, Android devices, iPhone, iPod and other mobile devices, you need to use M4P to MP3 converter tool and AAC to MP3 converter tool, then this article will shows you how to use iTunes or UkeySoft Apple Music Converter to convert M4P/AAC files to MP3 format on Windows 10/8/7 and Mac OS X 10.9 - 10.15. Follow this tutorial, you will play any M4P and AAC audio files on any devices, even the DRM protected Apple Music AAC/M4P songs. Now read on and don't miss the best and free ways to convert M4P to MP3 and convert AAC to MP3 on Windows/Mac.

Part 1: Why I Need to Convert M4P to MP3?

Apple inc uses M4P coding to store songs in iTunes, when you download music from iTunes Store(Apple Music Store), you will find all downloaded Apple Music songs is MPEG-4 format (M4P) and AAC-protected files(Apple Music Audio File). Though M4P is available for iOS device, those downloaded MP4 Apple Music songs not allow be transferred to other devices, even we have subscribed Apple Music service, Apple company prevents users copy the downloaded M4P songs or keep them forever. Therefore, many people still want to convert M4P to MP3 format due to the listed reasons below.

  • Most MP3 player devices, mobile phones, smart TV supports MP3 format.
  • Most audio editor, video editor and multimedia players continuously use MP3 format.
  • Although Apple Music subscribers can download songs for offline listening, but all downloaded MP4 Apple Music songs cannot be played once canceling subscription.
  • Protected M4P files and Apple Music AAC audio files cannot be transferred, copied or shared.
  • If you want to burn Appe Music to CD for playing on car media player, you need to convert the download M4P Apple Music to MP3, or directly online convert Apple Music AAC audio file to MP3.
  • M4P to MP3 conversion is required if you need to transfer Apple Music songs to USB flash drive.
  • Protected M4P files cannot be set as background music in your created videos.
  • DRM Protected M4P Apple Music songs can’t be set as your phone’s ringtone, you need to convert M4P to MP3 or convert M4P to M4R iPhone ringtone format firstly.
  • M4P is not compatible with Windows Media Player and other popular media player application.

As discussed above, you should understand it that you can't play or use iTunes M4P files and Apple Music AAC audio file freely unless you complete M4P/AAC to MP3 conversion task. The following tutorial, we will teach you how to convert M4P to MP3 by using iTunes or UkeySoft Apple Music Converter on Windows/Mac computer.

Part 2: How to Free Convert M4P and AAC to MP3 with iTunes

iTunes is a media player, media library, Internet radio broadcaster, mobile device management utility, and the client app for iTunes Store, we can use iTunes to add to, organize and play digital media collection on computer, access, play and download Apple Music on computer, as well as sync data to iPhone/iPad/iPod. It's a jukebox player along the lines of Songbird and Windows Media Player, iTunes is compatible with Mac or Windows computer. In addition, iTunes can help us convert audio format, for example converting M4P to MP3, convert AAC to MP3. Let’s learn how to convert M4P to MP3 with iTunes and how to use iTunes to burn M4P to CD.

1.How to Convert M4P and AAC to MP3 With iTunes

Step 1. Download, install and launch iTunes on your Windows or Mac computer.

Step 2. Drag the unprotected M4P audio files to the iTunes interface.

Step 3. For Mac users: Go to iTunes tab > Preferences on Mac; For Windows users: Go to Edit > Preferences

go to iTunes Preferences

Step 4. It will pop up an new windows, then click “General” menu and click on “Import Settings”, then select “MP3 Encoder” from the Import pop-up menu and click on “OK” to save the settings.

iTunes M4P to MP3 conversion

Step 5. After complete above settings, then select the unprotected M4P songs(not Apple Music songs) in your library, just follow the below simple steps to convert M4P to MP3 in iTunes
Click on File > Create New Version > Create MP3 Version.
The iTunes starts to convert the selected M4P songs to MP3, you will find MP3 songs in iTunes library after iTunes M4P to MP3 conversion complete.

convert iTunes M4P to MP3

Tips: If you still need to import some other audio files like AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R, and MKA, you can choose to import and convert them at the same time, the new MP3 files will show up in your iTunes library.

protected files cannot be converted with iTunes

Since all Apple Music songs added with DRM protection, iTunes can’t convert the Apple Music AAC audio file and the downloaded Apple Music M4P songs. If you want to convert Apple Music and protected iTunes M4P files to MP3, you need to use Apple Music to MP3 converter software, please keep reading the part 2 tutorial.

2.How to Burn M4P and AAC to CD with iTunes

iTunes also can help you burn music to CD. You can follow the below tutorial to burn M4P to CD with iTunes: Create a playlist for your iTunes library > Configure your burner > Burn your playlist > Difference the songs in your playlist > Delete duplicated songs.
Let’s learn the detail guide on how to use iTunes to burn unprotected M4P music to CD.

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer, then you need to create your own playlist with your favorite songs, please Right click the blank area in the sidebar on the left side of the iTunes window., click on “New Playlist” and give a name to your new list for identification.

create playlist on iTunes

Step 2. Add between 18-21 songs to the new created playlist. To add local songs, drag them to the playlist, in the sidebar on the left side of the iTunes window.

Step 3. Then, please insert a blank CD disc to your computer, and Right click the playlist you want to burn. In the drop down list, select "Burn Playlist to Disk".

burn iTunes playlist to CD disc with iTunes

Step 4. The iTunes will pops up a window, then select a disc format, such as Audio CD, MP3 CD, Data CD

burn M4P to CD disc with iTunes

Tips: You can also adjust the CD burning speed up to 24X.

Step 5. Last step, just click “Burn” button to start burn unprotected M4P/AAC music to CD.

Tips: After converting Apple Music files to MP3, you can also burn Apple Music to CD with iTunes.

Part 3: Convert iTunes M4P/AAC and Apple Music to MP3 without iTunes

Apple Music songs are protected by FairPlay DRM, all downloaded Apple Music tracks is M4P format, so the iTunes can't convert M4P Apple Music songs. In addition, freeware also can't convert iTunes protected M4P to MP3 because of the DRM protection, therefor, many Apple Music users have to search for a third-party M4P to MP3 converter tool to remove iTunes DRM and convert M4P to MP3.

UkeySoft Apple Music Converter is also an iTunes M4P to MP3 Converter and Apple Music DRM Removal tool, which is designed to convert Apple Music, iTunes protected M4P/AAC audio, and AAX, AA, M4B audiobooks to MP3 with 16X conversion speed. What’s more, it supports convert Apple Music M4P songs to M4A, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, AC3, MKA, M4R, etc. And it also can help you extract MP3/M4A audio from iTunes M4V videos. In additional, it lets you preserve ID3 tags like title, artist, album of art, track number in the output song.

Apple Music Converter

Apple Music Converter

  • okRemove DRM from Apple Music and iTunes protected audio.
  • okConvert Apple Music song, iTunes M4P/AAC music and audiobook to MP3, M4A, etc.
  • okConvert Apple Music to MP3/AAC/M4A/FLAC/M4R/AC3/MKA.
  • okConvert iTunes DRM media files at up to 16X speed, lossless quality.
  • okExtract audio from iTunes video, movies and TV shows;
  • okCompatible with Windows 10/8/7, Mac OS X 10.6 -10.15(macOS Catalina).
  • okSupport the latest version of iTunes and Apple Music application( for macOS Catalina).

Convert Protected M4P/AAC and Apple Music to MP3 in Batch

Step 1. Launch UkeySoft Apple Music Converter on Mac or Windows
Download, install and launch UkeySoft Apple Music Converter on your computer.

iTunes M4P to MP3 Converter

For Mac OS X 10.6 -10.14 and Windows 7/8/10/11: The iTunes will be automatically launched at the same time. All iTunes media files including your Apple Music, iTunes purchased songs, Audible audiobooks, iTunes audiobooks, iTunes videos etc. will be loaded into the Apple Music Converter automatically.

For macOS Catalina(macOS 10.15)and above: The Apple Music application will be launched automatically, and all Apple Music songs will be imported into the converter automatically.

Step 2. Choose iTunes M4P Songs and Apple Music to Convert
You can see all iTunes songs loaded into the program, select a playlist, then preview the M4P songs from the sidebar on the right side of the converter window. You also can search songs you want to convert through the search box on the top of interface, please select it simply by clicking the checkbox next to it.

select iTunes M4P songs

Because this converter support batch conversion, so you can add multiple songs at a time. For example, you can select and convert 50 - 100 songs at a time. The Windows version can help you convert these songs at 16X faster speed.

change Conversion Speed

Step 3. Select MP3 as Output Format
To convert iTunes M4P to MP3, you need to select MP3 as the output format. You also can select AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4A, M4R or MKA as output format under "Output Format" option on the bottom of the main interface.

select MP3 as output format

As we mentioned before, you can convert Apple Music and other iTunes media files at 16X faster speed. You can change the conversion speed from here: Click at "Options" tab and you will find the option to adjust the conversion speed easily. (But the Mac version of this program is limited to 1X speed when converting files.)

Step 4. Start to Convert iTunes M4P/AAC to MP3
Then just click the "Convert" button to start converting iTunes M4P songs and Apple Music AAC files to MP3. The whole conversion process only takes a few minutes, then you can find the converted Apple Music songs in the output folder.

convert M4P to MP3

Step 5. Transfer DRM-free iTunes Songs to Mobile Devices or Burn them to CD
After your get the MP3 audio files, you can start transferring them to iPhone/iPad/iPod, Android phone, PS4, MP3 player or other devices for offline playback. If you want to burn DRM-free Apple Music to CD, please follow the above guide to burn Apple Music to CD with iTunes.


Thanks to UkeySoft Apple Music Converter, it can help you keep Apple Music forever and let’s you offline play Apple Music on any devices freely. For example, you can import Apple Music to SD card and insert to your Card media player for playback. Or you can sync Apple Music to iPod Nano, Sony Walkman MP3 player to listen anywhere and any time you want. Or set Apple Music as your phone’s ringtone. All in all, it is an easy-to-used Apple Music converter, which bring your free Apple Music songs.

Useful Tips: Since all iTunes M4V Movies and TV shows purchased also added DRM protection, if you want to keep iTunes purchased or rented movies forever or play iTunes movies on non-Apple devices, you can use UkeySoft M4V Converter to remove DRM from iTunes movies and convert M4V to MP4.

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Convert M4P/AAC to MP3


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