[Tutorial] How to Convert M4P to M4A

Updated by Adam Gorden on Apr 21, 2022 3:49 PM.

Q: I own 500 songs in my iTunes library which are all in M4P format. I want to convert them to M4A. Is it possible? What tools do I need and what are the specific procedures?

If you listen to iTunes songs, you might have seen the M4P format many times. And you will find that the audios in M4P format are usually protected, while M4A is usually for unprotected audios. M4P is a kind of file extension that is encoded with advanced audio codec (AAC). M4A is also a file extension that is encoded with AAC. M4A files has small size and good quality so that M4A files are liked by many people.

M4P audios can only be played on iTunes and computer that is authorized with iTunes. This brings much inconvenience to the listening of iTunes songs. To bypass this problem, many iTunes users intend to convert iTunes M4P to M4A, which can be played on VLC Player, Google Play Music, Poweramp, BlackPlayer and more players. How to convert M4P to M4A? Not everyone knows the method for it. The good news for you is that we find 2 methods to transfer M4P to M4A, which everyone can use. Just read ahead to get these methods and our detailed guide.

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Part 1. How to Convert M4P to M4A with ViWizard Audio Converter
Part 2. How to Record M4P Audio and Convert M4P to M4A
Part 3. ViWizard Audio Converter VS TunesKit Audio Capture
Final word

How to Convert M4P to M4A With ViWizard Audio Converter

The first method is to resort to an audio converter - ViWizard Audio Converter. This software is a M4P to M4A file converter. Except for iTunes M4P audios, ViWizard Audio Converter can also convert audiobooks or music tracks from Audible, iTunes, Apple Music, and other unprotected audios to M4A, MP3 AAC, WAV, M4B formats. The conversion speed of this tool is surprisingly high - 30X faster speed. After the conversion, you can play them with any device at any time. It enables you to edit the ID3 tags of your audios to tidy and manage the audio library.

There are many more features for this tool and you can better know them by trying this audio converter. Download this software for free and try it with the guide below.

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ViWizard Audio Converter Key Features

  • Convert iTunes audio to MP3 to M4A, MP3, FLAC, WAV, etc.
  • Convert Apple Music and Audible audiobook into MP3 and others
  • 30x high conversion speed
  • Maintain original output quality
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How to Convert M4P Files to M4A With ViWizard Audio Converter

ViWizard Audio Converter is a powerful audio converter that can convert M4P to M4A. You can now see the detailed steps by following the tutorial below.

Step 1Launch M4P to M4A Converter

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After you download and install this audio converter, launch this software. Choose the Add Files button to load the M4P songs you have downloaded on your computer. Or you can just drag and drop the M4P files to the converter.

Step 2Set Output Format for the M4P Files

set output format

Open the Format panel by clicking on the Format button. You can find M4A in the format list. You can also change the codec, channel, and other parameters of the M4P files below the format choices. Click the OK button to save all the settings.

Step 3Convert M4P to M4A

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Click the Convert button to convert your M4P files to M4A. After the conversion, click the Converted button to open your converted M4A files.

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How to Record M4P Audio and Convert M4P to M4A

There is another method which is to record iTunes M4P audios with an audio recorder and then save them in M4A format. By doing so, you can also convert M4P to M4A.

TunesKit Audio Capture is such an audio recorder. This tool records any audio the computer plays including sounds in computer games, audiobooks, streaming music from Tidal, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and more. It supports both web players and media apps like Windows Media Player, iTunes, QuickTime. TunesKit Audio Capture can save these audios in different formats such as M4A, MP3, FLAC, AAC, and others. You can download some music tracks at the same time to save time. This tool also offers a choice for you to edit the ID3 tags of your audios just like the former software.

To know more about this streaming sound recorder, download and install it for free now! Follow the 3 steps below to use TunesKit Audio Capture to capture M4P audios and save them in M4A.

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Key Feature of TunesKit Audio Capture

  • Support recording audio on Windows/Mac/Online
  • Record and convert M4P audio to MP3, FLAC, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV
  • Download and capture streaming audio from any programs and websites
  • Support trimtming, cutting, and merging audio
  • Record M4P audio with original audio quality
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Step 1Open TunesKit Audio Capture

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Launch this tool on your computer. There are some programs already on the screen. Choose the icon for iTunes. If there is no icon for iTunes, click the Add Programs button to add iTunes to the list.

Step 2Set Format for M4P Audio

set output format

Click the Format button to choose the format for your audios. Since you want to convert M4P to M4A, you need to choose M4A here. You can also change the codec, sample rate, and other settings of iTunes M4P audios.

Step 3Capture M4P Songs

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Return to iTunes and play the M4P audios that you want to download and convert to M4A. The software will add a recording track automatically. The moment you stop playing the music, TuensKit will stop the recording. Choose the Save button to export the M4A audios.

ViWizard Audio Converter VS TunesKit Audio Capture

ViWizard Audio Converter


1) Raise conversion speed to 30x faster.

2) Download and convert iTunes M4P audio into high quality.


1) It can only support converting iTunes audio, Apple Music, and Audible audiobooks.

TunesKit Audio Capture


1) Support to record and convert any streaming music from the computer, such as Amazon Music, Spotify, and YouTube Music.

2) Save ID3 tags of the audio.


1) It can only record the audio at 1x speed.

Final Word

With both two methods, you can convert M4P to M4A and get high-quality audios finally. But there are still some differences. ViWizard Audio Converter has a faster speed. The conversion with the audio converter is 30 times faster than that of the audio capture. And the advantage of the audio capture is that you can record any streaming sound from Amazon Music, Tidal, YouTube Music, and more. Just choose the one you prefer.


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