Convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU

Summary
Apple Music songs are in DRM-locked M4P format and can only be played on authorized devices. This article will guide you how to convert Apple Music M4P songs to MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU format with lossless quality, helping you enjoy Apple Music songs on any music device and player anytime, anywhere.

“I am an Apple Music subscriber, but I can’t transfer the downloaded songs to my Onkyo DP-X1A MP3 player. Can anybody tell me how to convert Apple Music to MP3 or other audio format so that I can put them to the MP3 player? ” Asked by Louis.

Is there any way that we can convert Apple Music to MP3 or other audio format so as to keep Apple Music forever or transfer them to other devices – like MP3 player or other media player? Keep reading, we will show you the best way to solve this problem.

What’s the Difference Between MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU?

Before converting Apple Music to MP3, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU formats, you should know the differences between them, and which one to choose.

MP3 is the most popular format supported by many media players and devices. It was the first format to sound very close to CD quality at about 10% of the uncompressed audio file size. Convenient for storing music on smartphones and iPods. Therefore, most people prefer to convert Apple Music songs to MP3 format.

M4A is a file extension for an audio file encoded with AAC, which is a lossy compression. It may store various types of audio content, such as songs, podcasts, and audiobooks. And it has better sound quality compared to the MP3. Most Apple devices are compatible with M4A format, such as iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod Classic, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, etc. Hence, converting Apple Music to M4A format is the first choice for Apple fans.

FLAC is lossless, so its sound quality is better than MP3. FLAC supports high-resolution audio. It has the potential to provide better sound quality.
AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) is an audio coding standard for lossy audio compression. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, it achieves higher sound quality than MP3 at the same bit rate. It is the default format used by iTunes and is playable in almost all software that can play MP3 files.

AC3 is a file extension for surround sound audio files used on DVDs format. It is specifically multichannel streams. It has a higher max bitrate than MP3 and can reach greater levels of quality.

AIFF is uncompressed audio format, therefore sound better than MP3s, but take up more space on disk.

AU is a kind of music format developed for UNIX system, which is very similar to WAV. Most of the audio editing software also support this audio format.

Why Convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU?

Apple Music is a subscription-based streaming music service. What disappoints most users is that all songs on Apple Music are in M4P format protected by Apple’s Fairplay DRM and can only be played on authorized devices. Due to most media players and non-Apple devices are not compatible with Apple Music.

If you want to play Apple Music on media players such as Windows Media Player, VLC Media Player, All Player, etc. And mobile phone including Nokia, Android phone, etc. You need to remove DRM from Apple Music and convert Apple Music to unprotected MP3, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU format to be compatible with most players and devices. In this way, Apple Music can be transferred and played on any device even without Apple Music APP. Under such circumstances, a powerful Apple Music converter is becoming a necessity – TunesBank Apple Music Converter.

TunesBank Apple Music Converter: Convert Apple Music to Popular Formats

TunesBank Apple Music Converter for Windows is a useful Apple Music Converter, which will help you break DRM protection and convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU on Windows. For Mac, it can convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, FLAC with lossless quality. Unlike other Apple music converters, the conversion speed of TunesBank Apple Music Converter can be up to 10X on Windows and 5X on Mac. What’s more, when it starts to convert, you are allowed to continue adding songs to the Converting list, and the conversion will not be interrupted. It can keep 100% of the original Apple Music quality, preserve all ID3 tags and metadata information like to title, artist, album, etc. in the output songs. After that, you can transfer Apple Music songs to your local media players for enjoying!

Key Features of TunesBank Apple Music Converter:

  • Supports to unlock DRM from Apple Music, audiobooks and iTunes M4P music.
  • Convert Apple Music, audiobooks and iTunes M4P music to MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU at 10X speed on Windows.
  • Convert Apple Music, audiobooks and iTunes M4P music to MP3, M4A, FLAC at 5X conversion speed on Mac.
  • Allows to continue adding songs to the Converting list even if the conversion has started.
  • Keep ID3 tags and metadata information such as title, artist, album, genre, etc.
  • Listen to Apple Music on MP3 players, iPod Nano/Classic/Shuffle/Touch, etc.
  • Highly compatible with the latest iTunes app, Windows 10 & Mac 11.

Tutorial: Convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU on Windows

Follow the detailed tutorial to learn how to convert Apple Music as MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU with using TunesBank Apple Music Converter on Windows.

Step 1. Add Apple Music Songs to iTunes Library
Open iTunes app on your Windows computer, add or download songs/playlists you want to convert into the iTunes library. Then exit iTunes app.

add apple music to itunes

Step 2. Launch TunesBank Apple Music Converter
Download, install, and launch TunesBank Apple Music Converter, you’ll see iTunes app Apple Music app(MacOS 10.15 Catalina) run automatically.

launch tunesbank software

Step 3. Select the Apple Music Songs to Convert
Click “Playlist” from the left column, all songs will be displayed on the right side. Select the songs you want to convert. You can also use the “Search Box” to locate the songs you want easily.

select apple music songs

Step 4. Set Output Preferences
Output Formats: TunesBank Apple Music Converter for Windows offers 7 output formats are : MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF and AU.
Output Profile: It provides profile settings: high, normal and low, with different bit rates, sample rates and channels.You can choose what you want.
Metadata: TunesBank can preserve music metadata, such as the song title, artist name, album name, genre or album artwork. You can also edit them as you like.
Output Folder: You can save the output songs wherever you like.

select output formats

Step 5. Start to Convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, FLAC, etc.
Click “Convert” button to begin converting Apple Music to MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF and AU conversion. TunesBank supports you to convert as many Apple Music songs as you like in batch at 5X faster(Mac) or 10X faster(PC) conversion speed.

start to convert apple music to mp3

After finishing conversion, you can click “Finished” > “View Output File” button to find out the converted Apple Music songs in MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF and AU format.

view converted apple music songs

Conclusion
Due to Apple’s Fairplay DRM protection, which limits people can only play them on authorize device. If you want to convert Apple Music songs to various format for transferring to media players, it is recommended that you use TunesBank Apple Music Converter, with its help, you can easily convert Apple Music M4P songs to MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF and AU format with lossless quality.

Convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, FLAC, AAC, AC3, AIFF, AU