Apple Music songs are in M4P format that encrypted with Apple’s FairPlay DRM protection. Find out the differencs between M4P and M4A, and get the best way to convert Apple Music M4P songs to M4A with high quality.

“I can’t copy Apple Music M4P songs to my iPod nano. Sadly, is there any way to convert Apple Music M4P files to M4A? Thanks.”

As one of the most popular streaming music services, Apple Music has won great popularity among users all over the world. However, what disappoints most usersis that all songs on Apple Music are encrypted AAC audio files in M4P format and can only played on authorized devices. To play Apple Music on any devices, you need to convert Apple Music files to unprotected M4A, MP3 or other formats to compatible your device.

What are the Differences between M4P and M4A Audio Formats?

Both M4P and M4A file extensions are used for pure audio files and are part of the AAC audio format. But M4A is the unprotected AAC format, and M4P is the protected AAC audio format. As we all know, M4P files are protected by Apple’s Digital Rights Management (DRM) to prevent users from converting M4P to M4A, MP3 and other formats. Currently, the tracks we download on iTunes or Apple Music are protected by AAC audio in M4P format.

This means that these downloaded songs cannot be used on various portable devices such as iPod Nano, Sony Walkman, PSP and MP3 players. Therefore, many users want to convert Apple Music to M4A, because M4A brings more freedom and convenience. So how to convert Apple Music to M4A files with high quality?

Best Apple Music M4P to M4A Converter – TunesBank Apple Music Converter

There are many audio converters and audio recorder supports to convert Apple Music tracks to M4A, but the one we often turn to is the TunesBank Apple Music Converter. TunesBank Apple Music Converter is a powerful Apple Music to M4A Converter that has been well received by many users. This excellent tool supports to unlock Apple Music DRM and convert Apple Music M4P songs to M4A, MP3, FLAC, WAV up to 320kbs. Another powerful feature is that it supports you to convert iTunes Music, iTunes Audiobook and Audible Audiobook to common audio formats. Also, it will keep 100% original quality and all ID3 tags in output M4A files. In this way, you can move the converted Apple Music M4A files to MP3 player, iPod nano and any device for offline enjoying.

Great Features of TunesBank Apple Music to M4P Converter:

  • Strip DRM from Apple Music M4P songs and iTunes purchased music.
  • Convert Apple Music and iTunes purchased music from M4P to M4A losslessly.
  • Also supports to convert Apple Music to plainMP3, WAV, FLAC and other formats.
  • Convert iTunes M4B audiobooks, Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to M4A/MP3 files.
  • Remain all ID3 tags like title, album, genre, track number, artist in output M4A/MP3 files.
  • Supports 10X faster conversion speed on Windows and 5X faster conversion on Mac.
  • Save Apple Music songs as M4A files and save them on PC/Mac forever.

Tutorial: How to Convert Apple Music M4P to M4A?

Step 1. Launch TunesBank Apple Music Converter
After installation, start the TunesBank Apple Music Converter on the desktop. Meanwhile, iTunes app or Apple Music application (on macOS 10.15 Catalina or later) will run automatically. Then this converter will load the entire iTunes library, you can see its interface is like iTunes.

launch the converter and sign in Apple ID

Step 2. Choose Apple Music Tracks
Click on “Playlist” or “Music”, and then you can tick the checkboxes in front of Apple Music songs in the right panel. TunesBank Apple Music Converter supports batch conversion, and the conversion speed is up to 5 times on Mac computers and up to 10 times on Windows! You can choose any number of tracks, or even the entire playlist!

add Apple Music playlist

Tips: This method can also be used to convert iTunes M4P songs to M4A, just add the iTunes purchased songs.

Step 3. Select M4A as Output Format
Go to the bottom panel, to convert Apple Music playlist to M4A, here you need to select M4A as the output format.

Select m4a Output Formats

Then you can adjust the bitrate in 320kbps, channels, output quality, etc. for your preference.

customize output settings

Step 4. Start to Convert Apple Music to M4A
Now, it’s time to press on the “Convert” button to start converting Apple Music to M4A with keeping lossless quality and ID3 tags. Moreover, this tool allows you to turn back to the library to add more Apple Music songs, which other software can’t do!

Convert Apple Music to m4a

After conversion, you can go to “Finished” section, and click “View Open Output File” to find the converted Apple Music tracks in M4A format.

view output m4a files

Great! Now you can move the Apple Music M4A files to iPod nano, iPhone, Android, PSP, Sony Walkman, MP3 players and any device for playback. You can also set it as a ringtone on your smartphone.

Convert Apple Music to M4A


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