Summary
Do you want to know how to convert Apple Music to MP3? In this article, we will teach you how to convert Apple Music M4P to MP3 with TunesBank Apple Music Converter, and you can also learn how to convert a DRM-free music files to MP3 with Apple Music app or iTunes, so that you can play the converted MP3 files on any MP3 player, or burn them to CD.

Apple Music is a popular music streaming service, like Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, Qobuz, Tidal and YouTube Music. Most people would like to choose the Apple Music, because it not only covers a huge music library of more than 90 million songs, but also the artist’s new albums are released here, so that users can listen to the latest albums and songs in the first time. To access and enjoy Apple Music tracks, you need to install the Apple Music app or iTunes application on the devices. As we all know that the Apple Music is a preinstalled app on the Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch; Apple Music for Android app is available on Android 4.3 or later, if you want to play Apple Music on your Android phone, make sure you’ve updated your Andorid phone to Android 4.3 or later, but not all Android devices supports Apple Music app, and not all iPod devices supports Apple Music, such as iPod nano, iPod shuffle and iPod classic. If you want to play Apple Music on general MP3 players such as Sony Walkman, SanDisk Clip Jam, you must to convert Apple Music to MP3 firstly.

convert Apple Music to MP3

Part 1: What Format is Apple Music?

Apple Music is a music streaming service, you don’t really own the songs, even if you’ve downloaded them to play offline. When you download Apple Music songs to computer for offline listening, you will get protected audio files with the .m4p file extension name. When you add songs from Apple Music to iTunes library, you will find the added songs are the AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) format, it is the encoding format of M4P files which comes with DRM protection, because Apple Music songs (.m4p) are protected by Apple’s FairPlay DRM, so that you can only play Apple Music songs on authorized devices by using iTunes or Apple Music app. Comparing the Apple Music AAC audio file and the converted MP3 files, the AAC files has the same audio quality as MP3, and files encoded in AAC format are slightly smaller than MP3.

Honestly, the popularity of AAC format is much lower than MP3 at present, but most music players doesn’t support the AAC files, especially the DRM protected AAC files, that’s the reason why you need to convert Apple Music AAC files to MP3. If you want to offline play Apple Music freely and keep Apple Music forever, the only way is to convert Apple Music to MP3.

How to Convert Apple Music to MP3?

Recently, many Apple Music users want to convert Apple Music M4P to MP3 for offline listening, some Apple Music users may ask: “how to convert Apple Music to MP3?” “How to rip music from Apple Music?” “Can I play Apple Music on MP3 players?”… I’m very sorry to tell you that Apple Music songs have been encrypted by DRM to prevent unauthorized use. Therefore, it is difficult for you to enjoy Apple Music on devices that are not associated with your Apple Music account. In other words, you cannot directly stream Apple music to MP3 players, such as iPod nano, iPod shuffle, Sony Walkman, Sandisk, etc. In order to put and play Apple Music songs to MP3 player, converting Apple Music to MP3 files seems to be the best practice. Here is a tutorial about how to convert Apple Music to MP3 with an Apple Music converter, you’ll get high-quality MP3 files from Apple Music. Let’s take a look at how it do Apple Music to MP3 conversion successfully.

Many Apple Music users may ask “How to convert Apple Music to MP3?” “How do I convert protected Apple Music to MP3?” “How to remove DRM from Apple Music” “Can I convert Apple Music to MP3 with the Apple Music app or iTunes for Windows?”… As we all know, the Apple Music is a streaming music service, all songs downloaded from Apple Music are encoded in DRM M4P format. Although there is built-in MP3 encoder in iTunes application and Apple Music app, you can convert a song to MP3 format with iTunes and Apple Music app. But, the iTunes/ Apple Music application cannot convert the DRM-protected Apple Music songs, because the Apple company doesn’t provide any way to convert the protected Apple Music songs.

Apple Music AAC audio file

If you want to convert Apple Music to MP3 for offline listening on MP3 players, you need to use an Apple Music to MP3 Converter. Here, we will teach you how to convert Apple Music to MP3 and how to convert a unprotected song to MP3 format with the Apple Music app or iTunes application.

Part 2: Overview of the Best Apple Music to MP3 Converter

To convert Apple Music songs to MP3, you will need a professional Apple Music to MP3 converter that is able to handle Apple Music DRM removal and convert Apple Music songs. Which is the best Apple Music to MP3 converter? Is there a free Apple Music Converter? As the best Apple Music converter, a tool must be able to remove DRM from Apple Music and convert Apple Music songs to DRM-free MP3 and other common audio formats. Now let’s take a look at your best tool: TunesBank Apple Music Converter.

TunesBank Apple Music Converter is a reliable and safe Apple Music to MP3 converter and Apple Music DRM removal tool, which stands out in DRM music conversion field. With this tool, you can convert Apple Music songs from its original DRM-ed AAC format to MP3 and many other formats, such as M4A, FLAC, WAV and AAC. In this way, after get rid of Fairplay DRM encryption and convert Apple Music to MP3, so you can play Apple Music on MP3 players or keep the Apple Music songs on your computer forever. In addition, with the help of TunesBank, you also can convert iTunes M4P songs, iTunes audiobooks and Audible AA/AAX audiobooks into high-quality MP3 formats.

Apple Music Converter

Now let’s take a full review this Apple Music Converter.

Program Name

TunesBank Apple Music Converter

Developer

TunesBank

Supported OS

Windows: Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 (64 bit)

Mac: macOS 10.12 or later

Supported Language

English, Français, 日本語, Deutsch, 繁體中文

Paid Version

1-Month Subscription (1/PC), $14.95

1-Year Subscription (1/PC), $49.95

Lifetime License (1/PC), $69.95

Lifetime License (5PCs), $159.95

Trial Version

Convert 3 minutes of it (30 days free trial).

Main Features

Convert Apple Music, iTunes music & audiobooks to DRM-free audio formats.

Convert Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3 and other formats.

Multiple output formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, AC3 and AU.

Extract audio from iTunes M4V videos (movies, music videos and TV shows).

100% keep the original audio quality after conversion

Save ID3 Tags, metadata info & audiobook chapter after conversion.

5X conversion speed for Mac, 10X conversion speed for Windows.

Special Function

Adding more songs to the to-be-converted list during conversion process.

A Built-in Audible Audiobook converter and iTunes Audibook converter.

Automatically detect songs, audiobooks, videos and podcast inside iTunes.

Compared with other Apple music converters in market, TunesBank supports convert Apple music tracks at 5X conversion speed on Mac computers and 10X speed on Windows PCs. When it starts to convert, you are also allowed to continue adding songs to the Converting list, and the conversion will not be interrupted. TunesBank offers the best solution to convert Apple Music to MP3, and all ID3 tag information will be retained in the output MP3 file, so that you can better organize your local music library, and easily to control your music while play in MP3 player.

Here’s a detailed rundown of all the features in TunesBank Apple Music Converter:

  • Convert Apple Music to MP3 losslessly.
  • Remove DRM from Apple Music, iTunes M4P songs, iTunes audiobooks and Audible audiobooks.
  • Extract audio from iTunes videos.
  • Preserves the best lossless audio quality of your Apple Music songs.
  • Keep all ID3 Tags and metadata in the output music files.
  • Support continuing to add songs even if the conversion has started.
  • Support 5X faster on Mac; 10X faster conversion speed on Windows PC.
  • Fully compatible with latest iTunes & Windows 11 & macOS 12.

Key Features of TunesBank Apple Music Converter

  • Convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, AU and AC3 on PC
  • Convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A and FLAC on Mac
  • Convert Audible audiobooks, iTunes audiobooks and podcast to DRM-free audio files
  • Remove DRM from Apple Music, iTunes music and audiobooks
  • Extract audio from Apple music videos, iTunes movies and TV shows
  • Up to 10X conversion speed; batch convert Apple Music to MP3
  • Customize the output audio parameters like bit rate, sample rate, codec, and channel

TunesBank Apple Music Converter is a must-have tool that all Apple Music users need to own one, with well designed function and great performance, it offers the easiest, fastest, and most convenient user experience. The converter has a iTunes-like friendly user interface and customizable output options, which suitable for different needs.

Automatically: TunesBank Apple Music Converter’s user interface likes iTunes interface, which for users to handly it easily. After launching the converter, it will automatically connect with iTunes and loads all media files from iTunes library, including Apple Music songs, iTunes AAC/M4P music, iTunes M4B/M4P audiobooks, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3, WAV, M4A, and Audible AA/AAX audiobooks. So, you no need to download Apple Music songs firstly, just add them to the iTunes library, TunesBank will automatically reads and loads all media files stored in iTunes. Actually, TunesBank Apple Music Converter can convert everything that iTunes can plays.

Apple Music Converter vs iTunes

Fast: For the Windows version, it can convert Apple Music songs to MP3 and other format at 10X conversion speed (default); For the Mac version, you can set 1X or 5X converter speed, which faster that other Apple Music converter in market, only TunesBank achieves 5X conversion speed on Mac. You can convert as many as songs, playlists, and albums at once, saving more conversion time, you will get high quality MP3 files from Apple Music soon.

Good-quality: Don’t worry about the output music quality, the converter provides various output audio quality for you to choose, no matter what types of audio format you choose, just set the bitrate as 256 Kbps and sample rate as 44,100 kHz, and click on the “Convert” button, TunesBank helps you convert the Apple Music songs to the format you like, and 100% preserve the original Apple Music quality.

Part 3: Convert Apple Music M4P to MP3 in 5 Easy Steps

How to get high quality MP3 files from Apple Music? Here we will show you the complete user guide on how to convert Apple Music to MP3 in 320kbps. In this way, you can transfer Apple Music to any MP3 player as you want.

Kind Tips: Before converting Apple Music to MP3 format, please add Apple Music song, playlist, or album to the iTunes Library, and make sure you can play those added/downloaded music normal in iTunes/Apple Music app, then quit the iTunes/Apple Music app. You can see the added Apple Music songs are Apple Music AAC audio file, and the downloaded songs are M4P format on computer, all songs which comes with Apple FairPlay Streaming DRM.

Apple Music AAC audio file

Step 1. Launched TunesBank Apple Music Converter
Firstly, download and install the TunesBank Apple Music Converter on your Mac or Windows computer.

Launch the program and you will see the iTunes/ Apple Music app will launch automatically, and all songs/playlist will loaded into the converter automatically at the same time.

Run TunesBank Apple Music Converter

Step 2. Select Apple Music Songs
Choose Music playlist from the left column and then it will reveal all the music files on the main interface. Select the Apple Music songs you want to convert to MP3 and click the checkbox next to the sone name.

Select Apple Music Songs

Tips: If you can’t find a specific song easily, you can use the Search feature to locate it or sort songs by album/name/type.

Step 3. Set Output Preferences
Output Formats: TunesBank supports 7 output formats, namely MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, AC3, AU and AIFF. It is recommended that you set the output format to MP3.

Select Output Format

Output Profile: For each output format, it provides pre-designed profile settings: high, normal and low, with different bit rates, sample rates and channels.

Select Output Profile

Metadata: TunesBank can read and save music metadata, such as the song title, artist name, album name, genre or album artwork. You can also edit them as you like before converting.

Select Output Profile

Output Folder: You also can change the output folder, we suggest you save the output file on your computer firstly. Don’t set other USB device as output path.

Select Output Folder

Step 4. Adjust Conversion Speed (Optional)
For Mac users, you can set 1X or 5X conversion speed. For Windows, the app has set the 10X conversion speed by default.

10X speed to convert Apple Music to MP3

Tips: Only TunesBank Apple Music Converter can achieve 5X faster conversion on macOS, other brands cannot do that! With advanced conversion technology, TunesBank can convert Apple Music songs in full speed. Without waiting too long, you will get non-DRM Apple Music files for offline listening.

Step 5. Convert Apple Music to MP3
Click “Convert” button to start Apple Music to MP3 conversion. TunesBank allows you to convert as many Apple Music songs as you like in batch in 5X faster(Mac) or 10X faster(PC) conversion speed.

Convert Apple Music to MP3

Note: The highlight of TunesBank is that you can return back to “Library” and add more songs to the “Converting” list during the conversion. Note that iTunes/Apple Music app will play Apple Music tracks in the background (mute), so it is best not to use iTunes/Apple Music app until the conversion is complete.

After conversion finished, you can click “View Output File” button to locate the converted Apple Music MP3 files.

Apple Music to MP3 conversion finished

As below screenshot, you can see the converted Apple Music songs are .mp3 format, and the original music quality and ID3 tags preserved, all Apple Music songs save onto a folder of the computer.

MP3 Music Files

TunesBank helps you save Apple Music tracks as local files, you can transfer, copy or share them freely. Now, you can offline play the converted Apple Music songs without iTunes or Apple Music app. Just like the screenshot below, I playing the converted MP3 files with Windows Media Player, so wonderful.

Play Apple Music offline

In addition, you also can transfer all of the well-converted Apple Music songs to iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPhone, Zune, PSP, Sony Walkman, Sandisk and any other MP3 players for listening anywhere you want.

Download the program and try to convert Apple Music to MP3 format now!

More Tips for converting Apple Music/iTunes Music with TunesBank:

1. The converted MP3 files are the same as original quality.
2. If your songs purchased before 2009, TunesBank also can convert them.
3. If you are using macOS 10.15 and above, you can convert the protected and unprotected songs to MP3 via the TunesBank, make sure the Apple Music app can play them normal before converting.
4. TunesBank can convert everything that iTunes can plays, including Audible books, iTunes Podcast, iTunes audiobooks & music. Make sure those files can be played in iTunes, then TunesBank can recrod and convert them to other format.

Part 4: How to Convert Music to MP3 with the Apple Music app

For macOS 10.15 and above, you can directly convert unprotected music to MP3 format with the Apple Music app. You can also add the unprotected songs from local to the Apple Music for playing or converting, but make sure those songs are unprotected. Let’s see the instructions below about how to convert a song to MP3 with original audio quality retained by using the Apple Music app.

convert music to mp3 with apple music app

Step 1. Launch Apple Music app and Go to Preferences
Launch the Apple Music app on your Mac. From the menu bar, choose the Music > Preferences button.

Step 2. Set MP3 Encoder
Select the Files > Import Settings > MP3 Encoder button.

Set MP3 Encoder

Step 3. Select Music to Convert
Choose the songs you want to convert. If you want to select all songs in this playlist, just hold the Shift key on your keyboard and select the last song you want to convert.

Step 4. Convert Music to MP3
The latest step, please choose File > Convert > Create MP3 Version, then your selected music be converted to MP3 format soon.

Convert Music to MP3

After converting music to MP3 with the Apple Music app, you can find the MP3 music under the original track, then right click the converted songs and tap “Song Infor” to get its information, you can find where it saved.

Get Music MP3 Version

Part 5: How to Convert Music to MP3 with iTunes

If you use Windows PC or your Mac computer works on macOS 10.14 or older, you can use iTunes to convert a song to MP3 with original audio quality retained. First, let’s see how to convert unprotected music to MP3 with iTunes on PC or Mac.

Step 1. Set MP3 Encoder in iTunes
Open iTunes application on PC or Mac, and then click Edit > Preferences > General > Import Settings. Under the “Import Using” windows, the iTunes offers multiple output formats: “MP3 Encoder”, “AIFF Encoder”, “Apple Lossess Encoder”, “WAV Encoder” and “ACC Encoder”.
To convert music to MP3, please select “MP3 Encoder”, here you also can set the conversion quality, such as High Quality(160kbps). Then, Click OK and go back to iTunes Library.

Set MP3 Encoder in iTunes

Step 2. Choose Music to Convert
In this step, please choose a song that you want to convert. If you want to convert more songs at a time, please select one of song in this playlist, then hold the Shift key(for PC) or the Control key(for Mac) on your keyboard and select the last song you want to convert.

Step 3. Convert Music to MP3 with iTunes
The latest step, just click File > Convert > Create MP3 Version. The iTunes start to convert your selected song(s) to MP3 format.

convert song to mp3 with itunes

Tips: If you try to convert Apple Music tracks with iTunes or Apple Music app, a prompt will pop up to tell you that “music could not be converted because protected files cannot be converted to other formats”.

convert protected apple music file

If you want to convert protected Apple Music songs to MP3, you must to use a professional Apple Music converter. Above tutorial, we have showed how to convert Apple Music AAC audio file to MP3 successfully, please download the trial version of TunesBank Apple Music Converter and try to convert your favorite song, albums and playlists to MP3 or other format.

Part 6: Benefits of Converting Apple Music to MP3

DRM-lock in prevents us from making good use of Apple Music songs even if you are a subscriber. After converting Apple Music to DRM-free MP3 format, you will always keep Apple Music songs even if you do not subscribe. In fact, you will get more, here we have listed a series of advantages of extracting MP3 files from Apple Music.

There are no equipment restrictions. You will be able to listen to your favorite Apple music tracks on any device and MP3 player.

  • You still can play Apple Music, even after you cancel the subscription.
  • You can play Apple Music on multiple devices without a family plan.
  • You can keep Apple Music songs forever after a 3-month free trial.
  • You can transfer Apple Music to an external hard drive or USB flash drive or SD card at will.
  • You can upload Apple Music to Google Drive, Google Home, common web music player, etc.
  • Apple music songs can be transferred to MP3 players for offline listening, including iPod nano, iPod shuffle, Sony Walkman, Sandisk, Xbox, PS4, PS3, PSP, etc.
  • You can easily set Apple Music as iPhone or Android phone ringtone.
  • You can burn Apple Music to CD or transfer Apple Music to car stereo for playback in the car.
  • You can easily add Apple Music as background music in a video.

Summary

You have learned how many benefits you would get after converting Apple Music to MP3, after converting Apple Music songs to MP3 format, you can transfer the converted MP3 files back to MP3 player or copy them to USB flash drive or another computers without having to be authorized with your Apple ID. What’s more, even if you cancel your Apple Music subscription, you can still be able to keep Apple Music forever without paying every month.

Why not try to convert your favorite Apple Music songs to MP3 format? TunesBank Apple Music Converter is a must-have tool that all Apple Music users need to own one, it not only supports converting Apple Music to MP3, M4A, FLAC and many other plain audio formats, but also supports converting M4B/AAC/AA Audiobooks to MP3, so that you are able to play iTunes music and audiobooks on car player and MP3 player. In addition, the program can also extract audio from Apple Music Video and iTunes M4V videos. Please download the TunesBank Apple Music Converter trial version and start to convert Apple Music to MP3 for listening on any devices you want.

Convert Apple Music to MP3

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