DRmare Apple Music Converter

An audio converter to convert Apple Music, iTunes songs, Audible audiobooks and any audio file

  • Support to convert Apple Music, Audible audiobooks, and more audio files
  • Batch convert audio files in a fast speed with original quality kept
  • Output audio tracks to plain audio formats, like MP3, AAC, WAV, etc.
  • Allow to edit the pitch, volume, speed, ID3 tags for Audible audiobooks

How to Export iTunes Playlist to MP3 [Two Ways]

iTunes is a popular media player that lets you manage your music files, including Apple Music and other media files. Songs purchased from the iTunes Store are usually in AAC format. If you downloaded songs from Apple Music, they are MPEG-4 AAC (M4P). iTunes also recognizes other file formats, including Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV. However, none of these formats is more widely used than MP3.

Many users want to export iTunes playlist to MP3 format so that they can listen to their favorite songs on other devices or platforms. Thankfully, you can download iTunes playlists as MP3, AIFF, or WAV using the Apple Music app on Mac or iTunes on Windows. Note that this method only works for unprotected iTunes music. Therefore, we will also guide you to export protected iTunes playlist to MP3 format.

export itunes playlist to mp3

Part 1. How to Convert iTunes Playlist to MP3 via iTunes/Apple Music App

iTunes can play a variety of audio file formats, including AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV. The latter two formats are uncompressed, so the music quality is good, but the files take up disk space. Apple Lossless is an audiophile format that rivals AIFF and WAV in sound quality, but takes up half the space.

If you want to convert song files between compressed and uncompressed formats, iTunes makes it easy for you. It has a built-in feature that allows you to convert song formats. Here is a quick guide on how to export iTunes playlist to MP3 through iTunes or Apple Music app.


  • If you convert between compressed formats or from uncompressed to compressed formats, the sound quality will be reduced.
  • If you buy iTunes songs before 2009, they have DRM copyright protection added, this method will not work.

For iTunes

Step 1. First and foremost, you will need to download iTunes on your Windows PC.

Step 2. Open iTunes and go to the main menu bar at the top of the screen. Click on "Edit" and then select "Preferences".

choose edit and preferences

Step 3. Now, click on "General" and hit on the "Import Settings..." option.

import settings on itunes

Step 4. Then change the "Import Using" option to "MP3 Encoder" and then click on the "OK" button to save the changes.

choose mp3 encoder

Step 5. Finally, head to your iTunes Library and select the song you want to convert. Then click the "File" menu > "Convert" > "Create MP3 Version" to download iTunes playlist to MP3. This way, iTunes will retain a copy of the original songs and, at the same time, create an MP3 audio file for you.

export itunes playlist to mp3 by itunes app

For Apple Music App

Step 1. First, open the Music app on your Mac computer. Next, click on "Music" > "Preferences".

music and preferences on apple music app

Step 2. Select the "Files" option at the top of the window. Next, hit the "Import Settings" button.

import settings

Step 3. Choose "MP3 Encoder" to personalize the audio quality. Then click on "OK".

choose mp3 encoder in import settings

Step 4. Finally, select the iTunes songs from the library. Then, hit "File" > "Convert" > "Create MP3 Version" to get iTunes playlist exported to MP3. The MP3 files of your song will appear in your library next to the original files.

download itunes playlist to mp3 by apple music app on mac

Pros and Cons of Using iTunes/Apple Music App:

Pros Cons
No need to install extra apps DRM-protected songs are not supported
Free Reduce output quality
Support MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV, Apple Lossless Slow conversion speed

Part 2. How to Export iTunes Playlist to MP3 via DRmare Apple Music Converter

It is very convenient to convert iTunes playlists as MP3 using the iTunes app or Apple Music app. However, this method does not support protected songs and reduces the original sound quality. Also, the process is very slow and you may spend a lot of time converting several iTunes tracks.

In this case, you need a better approach that addresses all of the above drawbacks. DRmare Apple Music Converter is your best choice. It can convert any protected or unprotected iTunes playlist to MP3, AAC, M4B, WAV, etc. with original sound quality. The download process will be fast, 30 times faster than iTunes conversion. All ID3 tags, such as title, album, artist, etc. will be preserved, and you can also customize these tags. In addition, it also supports converting protected Apple Music, Audible audiobooks and other common music files.

Key Features of DRmare iTunes MP3 Converter

drmare audio converter
  • Convert iTunes library to MP3/FLAC/AAC/M4A/M4B/WAV
  • Remove protection from iTunes songs/audiobooks/playlists
  • Work at 30X faster speed with lossless audio quality kept
  • Maintain and edit full ID3 tags including the title, album art, etc.

How to Convert iTunes Playlist to MP3 with Lossless Sound Quality

Step 1Install and launch the DRmare Apple Music Converter
launch drmare audio converter
From the official DRmare website, download and install the DRmare Apple Music Converter. Or you can directly click on the "Download" button above to get its free trial version. Then run the software on your computer and you will see some icons as shown above.
Step 2Add iTunes playlists to DRmare Apple Music Converter
upload itunes playlist to drmare
Now, hit one of the two "Add Files" buttons located at the bottom-left corner to upload the iTunes songs to DRmare main interface. You can import as many songs as you want because this software supports batch conversion.
Step 3Customize output settings for iTunes playlists
set mp3 output format for itunes
On the main interface of DRmare Apple Music Converter, click on "Set Output Format" icon to launch the audio settings window. You can select the audio output format for iTunes playlists from the available option as you want. Besides, you can tweak the output codec, bit rate, sample rate, and more. Once you have made the changes, hit the "OK" button to save the changes.
Step 4Convert and download iTunes playlist to MP3
convert itunes playlist to mp3 via drmare audio converter
Finally, hit on the "Convert" button to download and convert iTunes playlist to MP3. Once it is complete, hit the "Converted" icon to find the converted iTunes songs on your computer. Then you are able to listen to them offline with any music player or move them to other devices for playing.

Pros and Cons of Using DRmare Apple Music Converter:

Pros Cons
Support any iTunes music and other plain audio files Need to install DRmare Apple Music Converter
Keep original sound quality and ID3 tags Free trial only converts 1 minute of each song
Work at 30 times faster  
Customize the output parameters  
Support MP3, FLAC, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV  

Part 3. FAQs about Exporting iTunes Playlist to MP3

Q1: Can I Convert My Entire iTunes Library to MP3?

A: Yes, you can export your entire iTunes library as MP3 using iTunes, Apple Music or DRmare Apple Music Converter. But this might take some time, depending on the size of your library. And DRmare Apple Music Converter works faster than iTunes or Apple Music.

Q2: Why Can't I Convert iTunes Playlist to MP3?

A: This is because the music you are converting is DRM protected and iTunes cannot convert protected music. To check if your specific song is DRM-protected: Open your iTunes library and click the song, then choose 'Song Info/File' > 'Kind'.

If the song is protected, you can use DRmare Apple Music Converter to solve the issue. With it, you can convert protected and unprotected iTunes music, Apple Music, and Audible to MP3 or other common-used formats.

Q3: Why Is Convert to MP3 Greyed Out in iTunes?

A: If 'Export to MP3' is greyed out, it means that the song you selected is not available for conversion. You can check if the song you want is not protected and stored on your computer. If it's a copyrighted song or an Apple Music song, iTunes doesn't support it. You can convert it to MP3 with DRmare Apple Music Converter.

Q4: Can I Export My iTunes Playlist to Other Audio Formats Besides MP3?

A: Yes. With iTunes or Apple Music, you can convert playlists between compressed and uncompressed formats including MP3, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV. With DRmare Apple Music Converter, you can convert iTunes playlist to MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV, and FLAC.

Q5: Does Music Quality Suffer When Converting from iTunes Music to MP3?

A: It depends on the method you use. If you use iTunes or Apple Music to convert iTunes to MP3 (compressed format), the music quality will suffer. If you use DRmare Apple Music Converter, the sound quality is 100% lossless.

Part 4. Comparison and Conclusion of Two Ways

Support Music Support Output Format Conversion Speed Output Audio Quality
iTunes/Apple Music App Unprotected iTunes music MP3/AAC/WAV/AIFF/Apple Lossless Slow Reduce audio quality for conversion to MP3/Apple Lossless
DRmare Apple Music Converter iTunes music, Apple Music, Audible books, and popular audio files MP3/AAC/WAV/M4A/M4B/FLAC 5 times faster 100% original sound quality

There are two ways to export iTunes playlist to MP3. One way is to use iTunes/Apple Music, which is convenient because you don't need to install extra apps and it's free. However, there are some disadvantages, such as unsupportable protected songs, lowered sound quality, and slow conversion speed. If you are concerned about these issues, a better option is DRmare Apple Music Converter. This is specialized software that allows you to convert iTunes music to MP3 or other formats while maintaining lossless sound quality.

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