The MP3 format is well and truly the universal format for digital audio and holds the ability to be played on a variety of devices. Now if you are an Apple user and owns an iPhone or iPad then you must be aware of the fact that the music you download through iTunes doesn’t work on non-iOS devices. However, you can still export music in MP3 format by either using the built-in feature of iTunes or by using a third-party app. Both the methods are quite easy to execute and this article will provide a step-by-step guideline on how to do it.

Many Apple users know that iTunes uses a format called AAC which isn’t Apple-specific by any means but is compatible with a few types of devices. Now the best option to address this issue is by converting the AAC files into MP3 files. As said earlier, you can use third-party apps, but before discussing the third-party apps, let’s get into the other free alternatives that can be helpful for conversion.

Using iTunes Audio Converter:

If you have iTunes installed on your laptop, then half of the job is already done. The built-in audio converter is so easy to use, yet only a few people know about it. Here are the steps that will help you to convert your music into MP3 format.

  1. Launch the iTunes on your laptop.

  2. Click on the option Edit followed by clicking on the option Preferences.
  3. Click on the General tab on the top of the dialog box and then choose the option Import Settings.
  4. Now click on import using the drop-down arrow to reveal the options. Choose the option MP3 Encode and then hit the option OK.
    Create MP3 version
  5. After adjusting the settings, you will need to select the music that you want to convert. Once the songs are highlighted, click on the option File followed by clicking the option Convert and then finally hitting the option Create MP3 version.

Convert AAC to MP3 using the third-party Tools:

The method you have just read is pretty straightforward to execute. However, there might be some people who won’t be able to grasp such technicalities. For such folks, seeking help from Free AC Audio Converter would be a better option. It is a free program that supports a variety of file types, including AAC and MP3. You can convert numerous files at once by simply adding them to a batch job list. Importantly, if you are planning to make a CD from the converted files, you should better do that via this software.

Using this software is quite simple as all you will need to do is to follow the onscreen instructions. See, exporting songs as MP3 from iTunes is very simple, but one thing you need to know is that converting the songs into MP3 will have an effect on the sound quality. AAC is at least 10X smaller in size as compared to a raw audio file and that is solely because AAC is a compressed version. Now converting the AAC into an MP3 will further compress it which means the quality of sound will surely be affected.

You also need to understand that you cannot convert the songs from Apple Music. While Apple Music songs use the AAC format, they’re protected by a special kind of DRM. This is only because Apple knows that if everyone starts converting and exporting then their subscriptions will become useless and they will lose a lot of money. There is no way you can convert Apple Music, but only if you can find a way to break Apple’ DRM which is as good as impossible.

After the conversion from AAC to MP3, you will not be able to tell them apart. Both the version would be more or less the same in the quality. To check the format, you will need to check the information about the song. So, that’s one easy way to export songs as MP3 from iTunes.