Best Way to Convert Protected AAC to MP3

"I have some iTunes protected AAC audio files. Now, I want to convert them to MP3 format so that I can play the audios on my MP3 player? So, is there any easy way to convert the audios to MP3 format?"

Please don't worry. To solve this issue, we will provide the best way for you to convert protected AAC to MP3 for listening. Let's move on the following guide and learn how to do that.

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Part 1. Best Tool to Convert Protected AAC to MP3

As for the protected AAC file, they are encrypted by Apple's FairPlay DRM technology. Thus, to convert them to MP3, we also need to rip the DRM restriction first.

At this point, we highly recommend you DRmare Apple Music Converter. It supports to remove DRM from iTunes songs and Apple Music. And it can convert iTunes protected AAC songs to MP3 and other audio formats with high quality.

Besides, with advanced technology, it can batch convert audio tracks at a faster speed which can save you much time and energy.

DRmare Apple Music Converter

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  • Support to remove DRM from iTunes and Apple Music
  • Run at a faster speed with original audio quality kept
  • Output audios to a lot of formats MP3, AAC, WAV, etc.
  • Lifetime free update and support

Part 2. Steps to Convert Protected AAC Audio File to MP3

Step 1Set up DRmare Audio Converter
open drmare audio converter
At the beginning, you could hit on the green 'Download' button to download & install DRmare program. Then follow the instruction to finish the installation. After then, you will see its shortcut on your computer desktop. Then please double click on it to open.
Step 2Add protected AAC audio files
add itunes protected aac files to drmare
Before converting protected AAC audio files, please make sure that you had downloaded and authorize the audios to play well in iTunes in advance. Once confirmed, then you can drag and drop them from iTunes to DRmare main screen. Or you can press on the 'Add Files' button to browse and choose the audio files to import.
Step 3Set output format as MP3
choose format as mp3
To convert protected AAC to MP3, you need to define them as MP3 in DRmare program. Just hit on the 'Format' button and it will pop up a setting window. In it, you can choose MP3 as the output audio format. And you can customize the audio parameters like codec, bit rate, channel, etc.
Step 4Convert iTunes protected AAC to MP3
convert protected aac audio file to mp3
At last, you could hit on 'Convert' button to start to convert protected AAC to MP3 format. After a while, you can get them converted and saved on your computer. You can click on the 'Converted' button next to 'Convert' button to find your audio files on your computer.

Part 3. How to Convert Protected AAC to MP3 in iTunes

Besides using the third-party tool, there is another way to convert protected AAC audio file to MP3. Here we go.

Method 1. Use iTunes Match Subscription

Note: Please use iTunes Match subscription to upgrade the protected AAC file to iTunes Plus. Then you will get DRM-free files and can go ahead.

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Click on 'Preferences' > 'Import Settings' and select as MP3 encoder.

Step 3. Choose the AAC file you'd like to convert.

Step 4. Hit on 'File' > 'Create MP3 Version'.

However, in this way, sometimes you won't successfully upgrade all protected AAC audio files into DRM-free audios.

Method 2. Burn Protected AAC File to CD

Step 1. Launch iTunes and create a new playlist.

Step 2. Add the protected AAC files to the new created playlist.

Step 3. Insert a blank CD to your computer and right-click the protected AAC file you like to burn.

Step 4. Once burned, then put the songs back to iTunes from CD via the MP3 encoder.

Then you can rip the audio files from CD to MP3 format in iTunes. But this way is time-consuming and quite complicated.

Extra Tip: More about AAC Files

AAC audio file: A standard AAC file (Advanced Audio Coding). It is from converting an MP3 or ripping a song from CD via iTunes' built-in AAC encoder.

MPEG audio file: A standard MP3 file, can be get from the web or rip a CD song by iTunes' built-in MP3 encoder.

Matched AAC audio file: A standard AAC audio file, except those you downloaded from your iCloud by iTunes Match on iOS device or computer.

Apple Music AAC audio file: A standard AAC file, except the Apple Music in your library. It has DRM protection.

Protected AAC audio file: A default file type for the purchased songs from iTunes Store before 2009. It has DRM restriction.

Purchased AAC audio file: It comes from a protected AAC file upgraded to iTunes Plus format. It is DRM-free.

Posted on Nov 11, 2020 5:16 PM / Post for Apple Music Tips
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Jack Simons

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Jack Simons has been engaging in tech and music entertainment for over 5 years. And he is committed to discovering new tech skills and gadgets related to Apple Music and sharing with others.