How to Burn DRM-Protected iTunes Songs to CD/DVD

Summary
Do you want to burn iTunes music to a CD? Check out this tutorial and learn how to burn iTunes DRM music to CD using the iTunes application, you also can learn how to use iTunes and Apple Music app to convert a song to CDs compatible format and burn them to CDs with other CD burner software.

How to use iTunes to burn music to CDs? There are many songs and playlist in the iTunes library, including the DRM protected songs and Apple Music songs, how can I burn iTunes library to a CD? Thanks to help!

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As we all know, all Apple Music songs added DRM protection and we cannot directly burn Apple Music to CD with iTunes. But, after converting Apple Music AAC audio file to MP3, it’s very easy to burn the converted Apple Music to CD with iTunes. However, many people don’t know how to use iTunes to burn the DRM-protected music to CDs. Here, we will introduce you how to burn DRM-ed iTunes music to a CD with iTunes.

Apple has provided a way to convert a unprotected song to a different file format with the Apple Music app or iTunes application, but the iTunes or Apple Music app cannot directly convert the protected iTunes music to MP3 format. Actually, you can get DRM-free songs by burning them to a CD instead. How to get DRM-free songs with iTunes? The iTunes also is a free CD burner like Windows Media Player, the iTunes offers the feature for users to burn music to CDs and ripping music from CDs to everyone. Thus, you can try to burn DRM-protected M4P songs to CDs first with iTunes.

Tools Required for Ripping DRM-Protected iTunes Music to CDs

You don’t require any special CD burner, you’re able to do the task within the iTunes program itself. What you need is a computer with iTunes installed and a blank disc. Let’s learn how to burn iTunes DRM music to CD or DVD disc using the iTunes application.

Part 1: Burn DRM-protected iTunes Music to CDs

Step 1. Launch iTunes and Create a New Music Playlist
Launch iTunes on your PC/Mac and make sure you have update it to the latest version. In iTunes, please click the File > New Playlist to create a new blank playlist, then rename to the new playlist.

Step 2. Add iTunes Music to the New Playlist
Then, please select all the music files that you want to burn in the iTunes library and drag them to the newly created playlist. In addition, you also can add songs from local computer to this newly created playlist for burning them to CD.

Step 3. Insert a CD/DVD to CD/DVD Rom Drive of Computer
After adding the M4P songs to the newly created playlist in iTunes. Then insert a blank CD or DVD disc into the computer hard drive, the iTunes will detects it automatically.

Step 4. Select the kind of CD/DVD
The iTunes detects CD disk inserted into the computer, please right-click the playlist and select the option “Burn Playlist to Disc”. iTunes will then present you a dialogue box where you can select the kind of CD/DVD that you want to burn. Make sure you select the “Audio CD” option.

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Step 5. Burn iTunes DRM-protected music tracks to CD
Then, just click the “Burn” button to let iTunes burn the M4P songs to CD. Then the iTunes will start burning the iTunes music to the CD automatically. Wait for a while till the burning process finishes.

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Step 6. Import iTunes Music from CD to the Computer(Option)
After all iTunes songs are burned to CD, the final step is to rip the songs that you burned onto the CD. In order to import music from a CD to iTunes as DRM-free music files, simply go to Edit > Preferences > General on iTunes and click the “Import Settings” button to start ripping iTunes songs from a CD.

Note: Although you can use iTunes to burn the protected iTunes M4P music to CD and rip iTunes music from CD for getting DRM-free music. If you want to burn the DRM-protected Apple Music to CD, you will found the iTunes cannot directly burn them, now Apple use a special format to save all tracks, it named Apple Music AAC audio file. So, if you want to burn Apple Music to CD, you need to remove DRM from Apple Music. TunesBank Apple Music Converter is the best Apple Music DRM removal to bypass the DRM from Apple Music and convert Apple Music songs to DRM-free audio format, like MP3, M4A, FLAC, WAV, etc. After converting Apple Music to MP3, you can easily to burn them to CD, or transfer Apple Music to MP3 player for listening in anywhere you want.

Part 2: Convert iTunes Music to MP3 with iTunes or Apple Music and Burn them to CD

As we all know that the iTunes or Apple Music app can convert the unprotected music to MP3 format, so that you can easily to burn songs to a CD with iTunes, Windows Media player or other CD burner software. To convert unprotected music of the iTunes library or Apple Music library, you need to install iTunes on your Windows or Apple Music on Mac.

Let’s learn how to convert a song to a different file format with original audio quality retained by using the Apple Music app or iTunes for Windows.

How to Convert iTunes Music to MP3 on Windows PC

First, let’s see how to convert a unprotected songs to MP3 wtih iTunes.

Step 1. Open iTunes, go to Edit > Preferences > General > Import Settings. Under the “Import Using” Windows, you can choose MP3 Encoder, AIFF Encoder, Apple Lossess Encoder, WAV Encoder or ACC Encoder as output format. If you want to convert a song to MP3, please MP3 Encoder as output format. In addition, you can also set the conversion quality, here I choose – High Quality(160kbps). Then, Click OK and go back to iTunes Library.

set itunes mp3 encoder

Step 2. Select a song that you want to convert to MP3 to highlight it. (If you want to convert many songs at a time, select the first song, then hold the Shift key(for Mac) or Control key(for Windows) on your keyboard and select the last song you want to convert).

Step 3. Then click File > Convert > Create MP3 Version

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How to Convert iTunes Library to MP3 on Mac

If you have a Mac computer and you have updated your Mac to macOS 10.15 and above, you can use the Apple Music app to convert a unprotected music to MP3. See the instructions below:

1. Open the Apple Music app. From the menu bar, choose the Music > Preferences button.

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

3.Choose the songs you want to convert.

4.Choose File > Convert > Create MP3 Version.

After convert songs to MP3 with iTunes or Apple Music app, you can also follow the first method to burn MP3s to CDs with iTunes.

Part 3: Convert All iTunes Music to MP3 (Apple Music Songs Included)

For Apple Music users, you can play Apple Music songs in iTunes or Apple Music app, you don’t actually own the music, because Apple Music added DRM protection, you can’t do anything to the downloaded songs. When you try to use iTunes or Apple Music app to convert these protected Apple Music AAC file, you can see a prompt will pop up to tell you that you can not convert protected files.

If you want to convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, Flac and WAV for playing on any devices, you need to use a professional Apple Music converter to convert the DRM-ed Apple Music songs to MP3, after removing DRM from Apple Music, you’re able to burn Apple Music to CD with iTunes. Let’s teach you how to convert Apple Music and DRM-ed iTunes music to MP3 and burn them to CDs.

Download the program and install on your Windows/ Mac computer firstly.

Step 1. Launch iTunes or Apple Music app and add the protected Apple Music songs to the library, then download them to computer and make sure those songs can be played with iTunes/ Apple Music app normal, then quit the iTunes/ Music app.

download apple music to itunes library

Step 2. Launch the Apple Music Converter, the iTunes/ Apple Music app will launch automatically and all songs/playlist loaded into the converter.

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Step 3. Select songs that you want to convert & burn.

Select iTunes Music

Step 4. At the bottom of the interface, you can choose the output format among MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, AU or AC3 in “Output Format” area. If you want to convert Apple Music to MP3, please choose MP3 format. In addition, you can also click the “Output” button and choose the output location.

Choose MP3 as Output Format

Step 5. After setting the output format, press the “Convert” button and TunesBank will start converting Apple Music to MP3. When it is done, you can find all your converted songs by clicking the “Finished” button.

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Now you can enjoy all your converted Apple Music songs from on any media player without iTunes and Apple Music. If you want to burn Apple Music songs to CD, please follow the first method to burn them to CD with iTunes. Moreover, you can easily transfer these converted songs to any device and enjoy music in anywhere you want.

Download the trial version of TunesBank Apple Music Converter and start to convert all iTunes library to MP3, including Apple Music songs, iTunes M4P/AAC songs, iTunes M4B/M4P audibooks and Audible AA/AAX books.

Summary

To burn the DRM-protected music to CD, you need to remove the DRM protection from music at first, the thrid method above teachs you how to remove DRM from iTunes music and Apple Music. If your songs are not protected, you can use iTunes or Apple Music to convert a song to MP3 format. If your songs are added the DRM, such as iTunes songs bought before 2009 or Apple Music songs, you need remove the DRM from Apple Music/iTunes music and convert them to MP3.

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