How to Convert iTunes M4P to MP3

By Travis Meyer

Although Apple’s proprietary M4P file type delivers high-quality sound, the format is not supported by other digital music devices aside from Apple’s iOS devices, making the purchased content useless without specific media players. There are a number of third-party applications available to purchase for converting MP4s, but the simplest method is to use iTunes’ importing encoder to convert MP4s to MP3 from a blank CD-RW. The method is free and doesn't require you to download any third-party applications.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD-RW

Step 1

Launch iTunes on your computer and insert a blank CD into your disc drive.

Step 2

Click the “+” symbol below the left side bar to create a new playlist and name it “Convert to MP3.”

Step 3

Drag and drop the M4P files from your iTunes library to the “Convert to MP3” folder and click the playlist.

Step 4

Click “File” in the menu bar of the application window and select “Burn Playlist to Disc.” Eject the disc when iTunes has finished burning the playlist.

Step 5

Click “Options” in the menu bar of the iTunes application window and select “Preferences.”

Step 6

Select the "General" tab and click “Import Settings." Click the drop-down menu and select “MP3 Encoder.”

Step 7

Insert the burned disc in your disc drive. Click "Yes" to import the songs to your library. The songs are then added to your iTunes library as MP3 files.

Tips & Warnings

  • The converted tracks will appear as duplicates in your media library.