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Convert DRM M4P iTunes Music to MP3 on Mac OS X

NoteBurner M4P Converter for Mac is a powerful M4P to MP3 music converting tool for Mac OS X. It can convert music files, MP3 downloads or even purchased iTunes DRM protected M4P, M4B, M4A files to plain MP3, WMA or WAV formats ready for use on any computers or mobile music devices such as iPod, PSP, Zune, iPhone, cell phone, MP3 player, MP4 player etc.

This is an tutorial on how to use NoteBurner for Mac with iTunes 8 or later to convert any DRM protected music files (such as M4P, M4A, M4B) and unprotected music (MP3, rax, MP4, RA, snd, OGG, aif) to plain MP3 or AAC format. With a Virtual CD-RW drive installed in your computer, you can easily get your DRM protected music or audio files converted to plain MP3 or AAC files.

How to Use NoteBurner M4P to MP3 Converter for Mac OS X?

Step 1. Choose Output Format and Output Path in NoteBurner for Mac

Go to top menu NoteBurner > Preferences…, a window will appear as below:

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From here, you can select the Output Path where the converted audio files will be located at, and the desired output format between MP3 and AAC, and Encoding Quality. If you want the Update reminding message as well, check the option of “Check Updates on Startup”.


Step 2. Select NoteBurner for Mac as Your CD Burner in iTunes

1. For iTunes 11 & 12

Please refer to the guide here.

Burn iTunes Music on iTunes 12.2


2. For iTunes 10

Select the playlist containing the songs you want to burn, make sure all the songs you want to burn in the virtual CD have a checkmark beside them. Right-click on the selected playlist and choose Burn Playlist to Disc in the pop-up menu.

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By clicking this option, you can get the burn settings window and set our NoteBurner Virtual CD-RW as the default burner.

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Step 5. NoteBurner for Mac Starts Encoding

While iTunes is burning the files, NoteBurner for Mac encodes all burned files to your selected format.

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Step 6. Find Converted Files or Edit ID3 Tag Information

Once all selected files are burned on virtual disc and converted successfully, you can right click on the music and select Show In Finder to check the converted audio files in the output folder. Or if you want to edit the tags for these converted files, you can select Edit Tags, or press the Edit Tags button on top right of the interface to operate:

edit ID3 tag for mp3, aac musics on mac


3. For iTunes 8 & 9

Run iTunes and go to Preferences > Advanced > Burning, then click to select “NoteBurn Virtual CD-RW” as the CD burner, and please also check Audio CD and Include CD Text which will enable the converted music to carry relevant information, such as title and artist of music. Then click OK to return to the main screen of iTunes.

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Step 3. Create a New Playlist and Add iTunes Music here

Choose File > New Playlist in iTunes to create a new playlist to hold all music and audiobooks you want to burn. Right-click on the music in music library and audiobooks in Audiobooks library to choose Add to Playlist and choose the list have created. Press Shift or Command key to add more than one file to the playlist at one time. Since NoteBurner for Mac is a CD-R disc, and a normal CD only contains 15-20 tracks, so please don't convert too many at a time.

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Step 4. Burn This New Playlist in iTunes

After you add all musics and audiobooks to the playlist you created, go to that playlist, and click the Burn Disc button at the bottom right of iTunes to start the burning. You may need to wait for a moment to let the iTunes and NoteBurner for Mac start working. If you don't want it to continue, just click “x” to stop burning.

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