11-20-2008 08:46 PM
This might be your lucky day. There is a site that gives away commercial software, and today they have a media converter...but the version they're giving away doesn't convert M4P. They have an offer for giveawayoftheday users to upgrade to the full version that does have M4P support for $9.
Giveaway of the day: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com
Personally I'd load up the eval of the full version to make sure it works for you (it did for me):
Here's a link to the discounted upgrade:
11-21-2008 02:44 AM
This is not a matter of simply converting the files. M4P is Apple's proprietary file format, essentially AAC with DRM. So, your first step would have to be to crack the DRM, thus leaving you with a simple M4A (AAC) file.
But I guess doing so is illegal. So ... don't. And let this be a reminder to not support DRM by buying DRM-crippled music. If they don't trust you, they don't deserve your money.
11-21-2008 08:35 AM
The software I posted does convert M4P. I tested it on a song I got as a free download from iTunes. I think the way it works, actually, is to play it and record it as MP3 (or whatever format you choose). There are several programs that do this, and I haven't heard of any of them getting DMCA takedowns.
The Apple-approved option is to burn it to a CD then rip it. You will have to rip it in iTunes to avoid having to re-enter all the tags manually. You can use re-writable CDs so you don't end up with a bunch of unneeded CDs, but CD-RWs are much slower. You only get about 10-15 songs on a CD, so its a very time-consuming and tedious process.
I agree about not buying DRM-crippled music, but there are more and more artists who only sell outside their country via iTunes.
11-21-2008 09:04 AM
Ultraspeed (24x) or Ultraspeed+ (32x) CD-RWs aren't much slower than CD-Rs. Considering the pretty much fixed time for writing the lead-in & lead-out and the fact that CD-Rs reach their maximum speed only on the outer third of the disc, the time difference for burning a whole disc is maybe 50%; plus the 20-30 seconds needed to quick-erase the RWs before each burn. While this is indeed slower than burning CD-R's, if you have a UltraRW-capable burner, using RWs may be a good proposition to avoid waste both physical and financial.
FWIW, I have some Verbatim 24x RWs which I've been using for data exchange for 5 years or so, those never produced a single CRC error, and helped me save quite a few € over the years.
11-21-2008 09:30 AM - edited 11-21-2008 09:38 AM
I use Nero but this works well with protected iTunes files.
Message Edited by tmarkoski on 11-21-2008 09:38 AM
11-22-2008 12:01 AM - edited 11-22-2008 12:03 AM
Well, just to explain some things: M4P is a DRM protected AAC file format. This means, the seller (Apple iTunes) wants to control where and how you play those files to protect them from being shared with other people. As far as I know there is no way to convert those files to DRM protected WMA files, that the fuze might play, so the only way to make them play is just by removing the protection, which is obviously against the will of Apple.
iTunes however must be able to play those files, which enables software to capture the sound from the soundcard. It also offers the possibility to create Audio CDs without any copy protection, so that one could rip the CD to unprotected files, or even create a software that pretends to burn an audio cd, but rips them directly to MP3 files. In my opinion the best way to accomplish removing DRM from the files is without decompressing, because every recompression involves additional data loss. The Fuze can't play AACs, which is the compression that M4P and M4A use, but some other players can, and rockbox also can (which will enable to play those files on the Fuze, once rockbox gets fully ported to the Fuze; currently the development is at an amazing speed, so that the port could be finished in a few months).
So you could convert M4P just by removing the DRM, but without decompressing them, so you have small and handy files without any additional sound quality loss. This can be done with the freeware myFairTunes, which only supports specific older versions of iTunes. Look at the patchfile.xml that comes with myFairTunes, to see which versions are supported. This software creates M4A files, that can be converted with any software, that supports the AAC codec.
Message Edited by calv on 11-22-2008 12:03 AM
11-26-2008 01:10 PM - edited 11-26-2008 01:14 PM
I forgot about Nero.Had it on my last computer and it seemed to do everything. I'll try and find a place to"acquire" it again. The one in the link only converts the first 3 min.s and is only good for two weeks. still may give it a try on some short songs.Thanks
Message Edited by TXMike on 11-26-2008 01:14 PM
10-25-2017 09:27 PM
M4P music is encrypted by Apple, it is DRM protected AAC file. To convert iTunes M4P to MP3, you need the audio converter that has the ability to remove DRM from iTunes M4P, then convert to MP3.
I have two suggestions:
1. Convert iTunes M4P to MP3 within iTunes
2. Convert iTunes M4P to MP3 with DRM Audio Converter
Add the iTunes songs to the DRM audio converter, then choose MP3 as the output, press Convert to start the M4P to MP3 conversion and it is done. It is much faster and easier.