NoteCable: convert m4p protected songs to mp3

Convert m4p protected songs to mp3

.m4p as a file extension and is almost identical to .m4a and .m4b extensions, thus being a MPEG-4 file container for encoded audio. Most songs sold through the iTunes Store are encoded using FairPlay-encrypted 128 kbits/s AAC streams in an MP4 wrapper, using M4P extension.

The one big difference between .m4a and .m4p is the fact that .m4p is copy-protected with DRM mechanisms, so it can't be played by unauthorized users at all. Virtually all of the .m4p files nowadays are audio tracks bought from Apple's iTunes music store.

Apple has maintained tight control of its FairPlay encryption. Other online music stores cannot sell music files encoded with FairPlay. This means that consumers who want to listen to m4p protected songs downloaded from the iTunes Store must either have an iPod or convert the m4p protected files to an open format, such as mp3. Apart from computers installed iTunes or QuickTime, only Appes��s iPod and some of Motorola mobile phones, such as ROKRE1 and SLVR L7, with iTunes built-in, are able to play M4P protected files.

Convert m4p protected songs to mp3

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You cannot convert m4p protected songs to mp3 in iTunes because of the DRM protection. If the files are shown as .AAC, they are probably also protected, but not necessarily, so you could first of all try converting them within iTunes to .WAV or .AIFF by right-clicking on the file to choose Convert Selection to WAV/AIFF.

Apple's DRM technology encrypted in M4P music is not unbreakable. If your files are in .M4P or a protected .AAC format there are two main solutions: either burn the protected m4p songs to an audio CD in iTunes, then extract the CD tracks to .WAV or .AIFF in iTunes ; or play the m4p files in iTunes and record them with another recording program and save in mp3 format.

Various programs have been written to remove the DRM restriction of iTunes m4p protected songs. Most simply, a user can convert the protected M4P songs to mp3 by burning them on an audio CD and then ripping them back in MP3 and WAV. But the disadvantage if this method is some audio quality is lost in the transcoding from one lossy format to another.

Alternative method is to record the M4P protected songs using recording programs and save them in mp3 format, such as Audacity and NoteCable, though this method still has sound quality loss. By these recording programs, m4p protected songs can be recorded while being played in iTunes or the built-in music player of the recording program. Normally, the format of recorded m4p music can be selected from MP3, WAV and WMA.

NoteCable is a powerful, yet simple audio converting tool to bypass DRM control with a virtual audio recording method. It records any copy-protected music and audio book files (M4P, WMA, AA and M4B) as they are being played and saves the recordings as unprotected audio files (MP3, WMA or WAV) you can enjoy anywhere. Within a few clicks, NoteCable enables you to easily convert any protected music to plain MP3 and enjoy it on any music devices such as iPod, Zune, MP3 player, CD player, cellular phone or PC - without any restrictions or DRM protection.

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Note: As of May 2007 Apple began to offer EMI content on iTunes free of DRM protection for a surcharge/