Looking for a good iTunes music converter? We have two helpful solutions that you might want to try. One of which you probably already know about — although you might not know about its MP3 conversion feature, and another is a third-party program that allows for the convenient conversion of songs to MP3 along with many other great features and tools. Continue reading to learn more! We’re going to be starting with a quick breakdown on why you might want to convert your iTunes music to an MP3 file!
What are the reasons that one might choose to convert iTunes Music to MP3? Let’s discuss it! For that, we’ll have to introduce you to iTunes favored audio format, and why MP3 is now the most popular audio format.
At the moment iTunes’ preferred audio format is AAC. It is very similar to MP3, in that they are both “lossy.” What does that mean? Quite literally, the files are compressed in a way that makes it easy for the data to be distributed on the internet.
Is MP3 actually better than AAC? Not in terms of quality, AAC still offers a better sound than MP3 (no matter the bit rate.) However, one can definitely argue that MP3 is more accessible — there are many media players and converters that only support MP3.
One of the reasons that the MP3 format is so popular is because it is compressed. That means that the size of the file is a lot smaller than most. Of course, that does cut back on some quality, but it isn’t so much that the regular untrained ear will notice it.
We briefly mentioned this in the previous listing, but despite the fact that a lot of people gripe over the quality of MP3 files, there really isn’t enough of a difference for the regular person to notice.
In terms of how usable the format is, there’s no question that it’s the most versatile audio format available. You’ll hear it literally everywhere. Case in point, that means that you can use it practically everywhere as well.
To add to the previous subject, MP3 files are the most accepted audio file right now. That means, that it’s compatible with almost every single software available out there. Be it audio downloaders, editors, converters, etc.
Outside of just programs, the MP3 file format is also compatible with all sorts of mobile devices. That includes iOS, Android, Windows, and so much more. Everyone listens to their music on their phone these days and having your files as MP3 is one of the easiest ways of making that possible.
Converting MP3 files to any other audio format is also incredibly easy. It’s small in size and recognized by all converters. So, you won’t have to spend hours trying to find a converter that will allow you to change up your content.
As we mentioned in the very beginning, we’re going to be introducing how you can use a very popular program in order to convert iTunes Music to MP3! If you haven’t guessed already, this program is iTunes! I know, it sounds impossible — iTunes is very complicated after all. However, there is a way, it’s just not necessarily advertised as a method, and neither is it one that is easily discoverable. What are the pros and cons of using this built-in converter? Let’s discuss this before we go straight into the “how-to” breakdown.
In order to begin this long and admittedly complicated process, you will need to do the following:
Click the iTunes tab > Locate and select Preferences… (as is shown in the image below.)
Under the General Preferences window — which should pop-up if the first step was done properly, you will discover a lot of different options. You can ignore pretty much most of them. The only important one is the ‘Import Settings’ option.
Select that and wait to be moved to another window.
Next, under the Import Using menu, select the MP3 Format. This has defaulted as AAC Encoder (as is shown below.) However, in order to make it so that your iTunes music is automatically converted to MP3, you’ll have to change this.
Change options and click OK in order to save the changes you’ve made.
Now that you’ve changed the import settings, you will now be able to select songs from your library and convert them by editing them using the ID3 Tags manager. To do this…
Select the songs that you want to convert, and then click File > Convert > Convert ID3 Tags. That will give you the option to convert your iTunes songs to an MP3!
For our second iTunes Music converter solution, we have iMusic. We’re going to be taking things a bit more creatively with this one by showing you how you can use iMusic’s DRM Removal tool in order to get copies of your purchased iTunes music in a transferrable format — specifically, as an MP3 audio file. What else can be done using this iTunes Music Converter? We’re going to be breaking down its key features before diving into the full how-to process. So, stay tuned!
Before begin the convert process, click the following link to download it's free trial on your Windows or Mac PC.
In order to start this process, you’ll need to have the iMusic software installed (we’re using the Windows version for our demonstration, but a Mac version is also available for download.)
To start the DRM removal process, go to the iMusic TOOLBOX tab, and select the Remove DRM option.
A window should appear showing your DRM (iTunes purchased) music. In order to convert this, click Search. Doing so will prompt iMusic to search the web for FREE and non-DRM protected versions of the songs in question.
Once downloadable versions of your DRM music have been found, click the Download button.
iMusic will once again ask if you want to download the FREE music, just click Download to confirm.
All the DRM iTunes music in your iTunes library should now be automatically downloaded in an MP3 format — you can view its progress by selecting the Download icon at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Once the download has been completed, all the songs should have automatically been transferred to your iTunes library. You can view and edit them on iMusic through the ITUNES LIBRARY tab (shown in the image below.)
Conclusion: And so, we end our iTunes Music Converter tutorial! We offered only 2 solutions for you today, but that’s really all you’re going to need in the long run. iMusic, especially, was created for making the process as smooth and pain-free as possible. So, make sure to check it out for yourself! It has so much more options and tools other than the one demonstrated too. So, give it a whirl, and see just how much value you’re getting for such a premium product!