Some of the music files in my iTunes library are M4P, while others are M4A. Why is that? The M4A files will play on my new phone but the M4P will not.
All songs now for sale in the iTunes Store are iTunes Plus. If you purchase and download a song, you will find it come with .m4a extension. M4A songs are DRM-free and you can play them on other M4A compatible devices.
Songs purchased from iTunes Store before April, 2009 are DRM protected with .m4p extension. M4P songs can’t be played out of authorized iTunes, which limits your freedom to enjoy the songs you have purchased.
As a subscription service, Apple Music provides subscribers access to over 30 million tracks. You can download songs, albums, or playlists to your device so that you can listen to them when you're not connected to the Internet. However, after downloading, you will find the songs are in DRM-protected .m4p format which means you can only play them with iTunes/Music app on authorized devices. You cannot transfer them to your iPod Shuffle, iPod nano or other MP3 players.
Audiobooks you purchased from iTunes Store feature .m4p or .m4b extension， which is also DRM protected.
M4B and M4P format are really annoying when you want to transfer them to other devices. However, the good news is you can convert m4p/m4b files to more compatible mp3 format with iTunes Converter. It can also convert m4a songs, Audible AA/AAX Audiobooks to MP3.
This tutorial will show you how to convert iTunes m4b/m4p/m4a/aa/aax files to MP3 on your Mac or Windows.
2. Ondesoft iTunes Converter automatically loads your entire iTunes library: Music, Movies, TV show, Audiobooks and playlists(including Apple Music playlists).
Ondesoft iTunes Converter is able to convert m4a, m4p songs, m4p/m4b Audiobooks purchased from iTunes store, Audible AA/AAX Audiobooks and Apple Music M4P songs to MP3. In other words, it can convert all iTunes audio file to MP3.
Check songs and Audiobooks you want to convert and customize output file. Besides MP3, Ondesoft iTunes Converter also supports M4A, AC3, AAC, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4R, MKA as output format. Customize output song bitrate, sample rate and name format as you like.
3. Click Start Convert and soon you will get DRM-free MP3 files.
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