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How Do I Convert Music from iTunes to MP3 (DRM Apple Music Also Works)

MP3 seems to be the universal digital audio format and should be the default music format, right?

However, that is not quite right.

Songs or albums you purchased from iTunes, or CDs ripped into iTunes library come in AAC format. AAC is a newer digital audio format working with all Apple products, is designed to provide better sound quality even while taking less storage than MP3.

It sounds good, but AAC is not widely accepted by many MP3 players.

So if you want to play iTunes AAC files on those devices, you need to convert iTunes to MP3 exactly.

Here, we will show you 2 ways to convert iTunes songs from AAC to MP3 in the step-by-step guide. Even if you are a novice, you could follow the instructions quickly and easily.

Now, let’s break down the exact process.

Convert iTunes to MP3

Method 1. How to Convert iTunes Music to MP3 for Free via iTunes Itself

There are many audio converting programs claiming that they can help you convert iTunes songs to MP3, but you can do it for free with the hidden spotlight feature from iTunes.

Step 1. Select MP3 Encoder on iTunes

Run iTunes up to date, click “Edit” in the top menu > Select “Preferences…” option in the dropdown list > Navigate “General” tab > Click “Import Settings” button > Select “MP3 Encoder” and click “OK” to confirm the settings you made just now.

Select MP3 Encoder

Note: While converting iTunes AAC to MP3, the audio quality will be reduced slightly for the MP3 compression. For getting a less-compressed MP3 files, you could select “Higher Quality” from “Settings” option. Alternatively, you could select “Custom…” to set the bit rate, sample rate, channel, etc., if you are professional to deal with those parameters.

Set MP3 Quality

. Select iTunes music

Find and highlight the song or songs you want to convert to MP3 (You can click to highlight one or more music files by holding down the Ctrl or Shift key).

Select iTunes Music

Step 3. Create MP3 copy

After the selection, lick the “File” menu in iTunes > “Convert” or “Create New Version” instead in old iTunes version.

Then the selected iTunes files will be created into new files in MP3 format, and the converted MP3 files will appear next to the original iTunes AAC version.

Create MP3 Copy

Note: The original iTunes AAC files and converted MP3 files look like the same. It is not easy to tell them apart. For finding which is MP3 and which is AAC, you just need to right click the song and select “Song Info” > Navigate the “File” tab to check its format information, where you can find the MPEG-1, Layer 3 (MP3).

Tell MP3

After converting iTunes music to MP3, you could easily sync iTunes music to Android, or other MP3 players for easy playback.

Method 2. How to Export DRM AAC from iTunes to MP3 with Audio Recorder

The above instructions apply to songs you buy from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs. However, what about the songs you've got on your computer from Apple Music?

Due to DRM feature created by Apple, users with a subscription can download songs, albums and playlists from Apple Music for offline listening only on Apple product like iPhone, iPod, iTunes, etc. For those who want to copy or convert the DRM Apple Music to MP3, Apple says no.

Again, there is always a way out.

The way of converting DRM Apple Music to MP3 is using the audio recorder. Apeaksoft Screen Recorder is the any sound audio recorder software, which can help you record and export iTunes DRM Apple Music to MP3 in simple steps.

Screen Recorder

It records any sound or audio from streaming services, live radio, Internet music services, and more, and export the music files as MP3, AAC, M4A and WMA. You could also set the audio quality for the output MP3 audio files easily.

Step 1. Download iTunes music recorder

Free download this software on your computer, install and run it immediately after successful installation. It supports both Windows and Mac version, and just download the correct one as you need.

Step 2. Set the MP3 quality

In the main interface, select “Audio Recorder”. Toggle on “System Sound” and off “Microphone” to keep your iTunes music and avoid noise around.

Select Audio Recorder

Note: if you want to remove DRM from iTunes M4V movies, just select “Video Recorder.”

Here, you should also click the settings button to select “Output” from the left sidebar to adjust the Output Format as “MP3” and Audio Quality as from Lowest to Lossless.

Output Setting

More controls like hotkeys, schedule task, mouse, and others are optional for your needs.

Step 3. Save iTunes DRM Apple Music as MP3

When all settings are done, visit the songs you want to convert on iTunes.

Once playing the iTunes song on computer, just hit “REC” button on this software and it will start the recording process.

During the recording, you could pause and continue recording the audio. Click the stop button and it will leave you the option to preview and save the iTunes music as MP3 on your computer.

Save iTunes Music to MP3

Due to copyright limit, there are few converters that can convert iTunes DRM Apple Music to MP3. So it is the best way to get iTunes DRM Apple Music to MP3 is using the audio recorder. Surely the way of saving iTunes Apple Music as MP3 will not be used for commercial purpose.


When iTunes music is not compatible with most MP3 players, it is the solution to fix it by converting iTunes music to MP3. Actually, iTunes can help you do that by some settings. However, as for the iTunes DRM Apple Music, the conversion way is almost the failure, and the best way to achieve it is recording. Apeaksoft Screen Recorder is the tool you will need exactly.

Now, it comes to your turn.

Have you any good recommendation to help to convert iTunes to MP3?

Let me know by leaving your comments.

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