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    Converting iTunes m4p to any other format

    How to convert iTunes m4p to any other format

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    This post is a synthesis of many made by Bill (Xoas ) after painstakingly reading and answering many forum posts on this subject.

    iTunes tracks are heavy into digital rights management. dMC (dBpowerAMP Music Converter) cannot decode .m4p files.

    Your options for converting include:
    a) Burning these tracks to audio cd and ripping them to another format
    c) Recording them using as they play on your soundcard by something like dMC Auxiliary Input
    c) Using one of these programs to convert .m4p to .m4a which dMC can decode:
    - Hymn or iOpener (both available from the Hymn website here: http://www.hymn-project.org/ )
    - iFreesoft (available for download from here: www.iFreesoft.com ). - no longer available

    There is also a program called TuneBite which is designed to help record protected files off of your soundcard as you play them into non-protected copies. See this link here: http://www.tunebite.com/

    Once you have converted the file to .m4a you should then be able to use dMC to convert the file to .wav or .wma or .mp3 (you will need to download the AAC/MP4 decoder codec to be able to convert the .m4a file, and the WMA codec if you want to convert to .wma, these can be found at Codec Central).

    We have had occasional reports of difficulties with being able to convert these .m4a files, which may be related to Apple's habit of trying to thwart efforts to break their DMR (digital rights management) efforts. But here we mostly hear about the problem cases.

    The other strategy open to you is to play your .m4p tracks in iTunes or other player (RealPlayer may be able to play them, but you may need a plug-in). If you can play the file then you should be able to record the file to a format of your choice using dBpowerAMP Auxilary Input ( dMC FAQ: http://forum.dbpoweramp.com/showthread.php?t=5362 ).

    Watch this thread for any new methods that may turn up.
    Last edited by Spoon; 09-26-2006 at 05:20 AM.

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