Two Best Methods to Convert M4A to MP3

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Compared with MP3, M4A is a less commonly used audio format but with better audio quality. It’s more known as a special audio container used by Apple to encode its iTunes music files and audiobooks, including the DRM-free and DRM-protected ones. Since M4A is not popularly supported by most common players or devices, it’s necessary to convert the M4A audio files to MP3 or other more widely used formats. Here we are just going to introduce the top 2 ways to convert the M4A (both DRM-ed and non-DRM audios) to MP3.

Part 1. Convert M4A to MP3 with iTunes for Free

If you prefer to a free solution to convert your M4A audios into MP3, then iTunes could be the best option to accomplish such a task. Now you can simply follow these steps to make your purchased iTunes M4A tracks available as MP3.

Note: This method only works with the M4A audio files without DRM protection. If the M4A files you are trying to convert are locked with Apple’s FairPlay DRM, you should turn to the second method as below.

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Step 1. Open iTunes and navigate to Edit menu item and Preferences. Then click General tab and Import Settings.

Step 2. In the popup window, click Import Using, then select MP3 Encoder. You can then adjust the bit rate of the audio file based on your requirements. Then click OK button to apply the settings.

Step 3. Once you apply the Import settings, select the M4A audio file you wish to convert to MP3 in your iTunes library, then click on the File menus, then Convert, and then Create MP3 Version. iTunes will create and automatically place an MP3 version of the song directly beneath it.

Part 2. Convert DRM M4A Audio to MP3 with a More Professional Tool

This is a best solution for converting the DRM-ed iTunes M4A audios to MP3. To check whether your M4A files are protected or not, you can simply play those files on non-iTunes media players or devices. If they can’t play as expected, then they are probably locked by DRM. Apple’s DRM is well known as FairPlay. It’s a special encryption technology used to control the use of its iTunes media content. In result, all iTunes media including the M4A audio can only play well in iTunes compatible platforms. In order to unlock the DRM from those M4A files and convert them to MP3,  you’ll need a more powerful M4A to MP3 converter, such as TunesKit DRM Audio Converter.

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TunesKit DRM Audio Converter is a complete audio converting software specially designed for Mac and Windows users to convert DRM-ed as well as DRM-free M4A audios to unprotected MP3, M4A, FLAC, etc. Besides, you can also use this smart tool to convert Apple Music, Audible audiobooks, M4P, and other types of audios. It can keep the original ID3 tags and quality when converting M4A to MP3 for you.

Now you can follow the steps below to begin converting your M4A audio to MP3 with high quality at a super fast speed.

Step 1. Install and open the free trial version of TunesKit Audio Converter on your computer.

Step 2. Click “+” icon to load the M4A audio files to the converter. The first icon is for common audio file formats and the second one is for DRM-ed audios, such as the M4A from iTunes. You can also directly drag and drop the M4A files to TunesKit.

Step 3. Click Format option and select the output format as MP3 in the popup window. There you can also set the audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, etc.

Step 4. Start to convert M4A to MP3 by clicking Convert button. Wait until the conversion completes. Then you can locate and transfer the DRM-free MP3 files to any device for playing.

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One-Stop Audio Solution to Convert Apple Music and Audible AA, AAX

Music has already become one of the most important parts of our daily entertainment life. So there will always come a time when you need to convert a specific audio format to another when you find your MP3 player doesn’t support the audio you are trying to play. In this case, a powerful audio converting software will be necessary to assist the conversion process. Here in the following article, I’ll introduce an all-in-one audio solution for you that can support converting almost all kinds of audio files, including both DRM-protected and non-DRM audios, such as Apple Music, iTunes M4P songs, M4A, M4B audiobooks, Audible AA, AAX audiobooks, etc.

Best Complete Audio DRM Removal Tool – TunesKit DRM Audio Converter

Here you meet TunesKit Audio Converter, a smart and powerful DRM removal tool for audios that’s specially developed to crack DRM lock from all types of popular DRM audio files, including Apple Music and iTunes M4P songs, Audible audiobooks, etc. as well as convert common audio formats, like MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, AAC, OGG, M4A, M4R, AC3, AMR, APE, etc. to MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, FLAC, M4B so that you can enjoy all your audios on most popular media players, such as iPod, Zune, PSP, iRiver, Creative Zen, Sony Walkman, and so on. It’s now available for both Mac and Windows OS.

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Complete Guide on How to Convert DRM or non-DRM Audios with TunesKit

Now we’ll show you the simple tutorial to easily remove DRM lock from protected audios as well as convert DRM-free audios to MP3, etc. by using TunesKit DRM Audio Converter.

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Step 1. Add DRM-ed or non-DRM Audios to TunesKit Audio Converter

Firstly launch TunesKit DRM Audio Converter for Mac. To convert the DRM-free audios, you should click the first Add button at the top center. Then select the audios from your computer to TunesKit conversion window. To convert the DRM-protected Apple Music, iTunes or Audible audiobooks, you should click the second Add button.

Step 2. Set Output Format and Other Settings

When the audios are loaded successfully to TunesKit Audio Converter, simply click the Edit button and select the output format you want to convert the audios to. Currently it supports MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and M4B. You can also customize the audio properties, such as codec, channel, sample rate, etc. here.

Step 3. Convert Audios to Other Formats

Now you can start to convert the DRM-ed or non-DRM audios to popular formats by clicking Convert button at the bottom right. Then it will work at up to 30X faster speed to convert the audios. Once the conversion completes, you can find the converted audios and transfer them to any popular devices for playback at anytime.

You can also refer to the video tutorial for more details: https://youtu.be/ZExp4nfYQ-8.

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