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How to Convert Multimedia Encrypted M4P Songs to M4A for Free Listening

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All M4P songs come with multimedia encrypted. If you want to enjoy M4P songs on all your owned music players, you need to decrypt and convert M4P to M4A or MP3 first. TuneMobie M4P to M4A Converter can easily convert encrypted M4P songs to M4A without losing any quality, both M4P tracks purchased in iTunes Store before 2009 March or downloaded M4P songs from Apple Music subscription are supported. In this article, we will show you how to convert M4P to M4A.

M4P, M4A, M4B, AAC and Multimedia Encryption

iTunes M4P format

Before 2009 March, the songs purchased from iTunes Store are in encrypted AAC audio files with M4P extension. Later, Apple stopped using multimedia encryption on songs and started to provide plain AAC audio files which are in M4A format. When Apple Launched Apple Music streaming services in 2005, users found that Apple adopted M4P extension again for downloaded Apple Music tracks and encryption came again.

To enjoy a song via iTunes Store, you can either purchase a plain M4A song with one-time fee or subscribe Apple Music services to download the encrypted M4P song. Both encrypted M4P songs and plain M4A songs are AAC audio. AAC means Advanced Audio Coding which is a proprietary audio coding standard for lossy digital audio compression. AAC audio could be in *.m4p, *.m4a and *.m4b extensions. Also, there is *.aac extension but a file with such an extension can't be added to iTunes nor be recognized by all kinds of media players.

M4P is now mainly used on downloaded Apple Music tracks and M4P is encrypted, M4A is widely used any platforms and iTunes Store is selling plain M4A songs, M4B is similar to M4A but with some extra features and mainly used as file extension for audiobooks, some websites provide free M4B audiobooks without encryption while iTunes Store is selling encrypted M4B audiobooks.

If you have iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, Sony Walkman or MP3 player from iRiver, Sandisk or other manufactures, you will have to convert M4P to M4A or MP3 first in order to enjoy the M4P songs on them.

Best M4P to M4A Converter – TuneMobie Apple Music Converter

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter is the best M4P to M4A converter you can use to convert both purchased M4P songs and downloaded Apple Music M4P tracks. With this powerful M4P to M4A conversion tool, you can:

  • Convert M4P to M4A or MP3 without quality loss
  • Convert M4P to M4A with ID3 tags and metadata kept
  • Perform 16X faster conversion speed to save your time
  • Use built-in search box to search any M4P track with song title, album or artist
  • Rename output M4A files automatically by ID3 tags and characters

Convert M4P to M4A in 3 Simple Steps

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter is extremely easy-to-use and helps you convert M4P to M4A in 3 simple steps without any hassle.

Step 1: Launch the M4P to MP3 converter

Launch TuneMobie Apple Music Converter and iTunes or Music app (on macOS 10.15 Catalina or later) will be opened in the same time. Purchased M4P tracks and Apple Music M4P tracks will be listed as playlists in left panel. Tick the checkbox to choose the M4P tracks you want to convert.

to locate your desired songs quickly.

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter interface

Step 2: Choose M4A as output format

In the output format list, you can see MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, AC3 and some other audio formats. Here we choose M4A as output format. In the profile list, you can select audio quality. If you want to keep original M4P quality, choose 256kbps for M4A output format as the M4P songs provided by Apple are 256kbps.

Choose M4A as output

Step 3: Start M4P to M4A conversion

Now you can simply click Convert button to start M4P to M4A conversion, you also have a chance to change conversion speed and specify output file name by clicking Options and make necessary changes. When the conversion is done, you can simply click "Open Output File" to get output M4A songs.

Now you can either sync converted M4P songs to iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle with iTunes, or simply copy to Android devices and MP3 players for free listening.

Converting Apple Music to M4A

Additional Tips

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter not only works as M4P to M4A converter, but also works as M4B to M4A converter and AA/AAX to M4A converter to help you enjoy audiobooks on any devices freely. By converting M4P to M4A, you can also use your favorite M4P songs as Android ringtone or background music for video editing and DVD authoring software programs.

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