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Two Ways to Convert iTunes Songs to Different File Format

Do you want to convert the songs downloaded from iTunes to other popular format, such as MP3, AAC, OGG and WAV formats? Do you even want to convert iTunes encrypted songs to plain MP3, AAC, WAV formats?

When it comes to these questions, many people have no idea how to convert the protected & unprotected music downloaded from iTunes to plain MP3, AAC and more formats. Here we introduce two ways to convert iTunes music to plain different file formats.

Method One: Convert Songs to Other Format with iTunes

Step 1: Open iTunes Preference.

  • Windows: Choose Edit > Preference
  • Mac: Choose iTunes > Preference

Step 2: Click the General button, then click the Importing Settings… button in the lower section of the window.

Step 3:From the Import Using pop-up menu, choose the encoding format that you want to convert the song to, then click OK to save the settings. MP3/AAC/AIFF/WAV Encoder is available to choose.

Convert iTunes music with iTunes

Step 4: Select one or more songs in your library, then from the File > Create New Version menu, choose one of the following (the menu item changes to show what's selected in your Importing preferences):

  • Create MP3 Version
  • Create AAC Version
  • Create AIFF Version
  • Create WAV Version
  • Create Apple Lossless Version

Shortcomings of this method:

1.  If you convert between compressed formats (for example MP3 and AAC), you may notice a reduction in the sound quality.

2. You cannot convert older purchased songs, as they are encoded using a Protected AAC format that prevents them from being converted. If you need to convert these songs to another audio format, please refer to method two.

Method Two: Convert iTunes Songs Using NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter

NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter is a top iTunes Music Converter that can work on Windows and Mac platform, and it is able to record iTunes audio files downloaded from iTunes and convert them to various of common audio formats like MP3, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, or ALAC format, and etc. After conversion, you are empowered to play them on MP3 players, Android phones and tablets.

Step 1: Run NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter on Mac

Launch iTunes Audio Converter on Mac, and select the "Apple Music web player" mode. You will see the simple and intelligible interface of iTunes Audio Converter.

main interface

Step 2:Add Audio Files to iTunes Audio Converter

Simply choose a playlist and open it on the web player window, then click "Add" button, then you will see a pop-up window which will show you all the music tracks in the playlist. You can add Apple Music files, audiobooks, and M4P audio in the pop-up window as you want.

add audio

Step 3: Set Preferences of NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter

Click the menu bar "iTunes Audio Converter > Preferences" or directly click "Settings" button, and then there will be a pop up window which allows you to set output path and output audio format. Output format as MP3, FLAC, WAV & AAC are available to choose.


Step 4: Start Conversion

When finish customization, click "Convert" button to start convertion. If you don't want to convert a certain music, please click "X" button to remove this music before converting. After conversion, you can click history button to find the converted audio files.


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