Tech Talk Discuss PC Hardware, Software, Internet and Other Technology

iTunes? m4p?

Old 05-11-04, 11:27 AM
DVD Talk Special Edition
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: OOOOOlathe
Posts: 1,062
iTunes? m4p?

Hey, I got a free song from iTunes, and don't want to download their software. What else can play this file or turn it into an mp3 or wav file?
ESUguy is offline  
Old 05-11-04, 11:29 AM
DVD Talk Legend
Chew's Avatar
Join Date: May 1999
Location: South of Titletown
Posts: 18,628
I don't think there are any (legal) programs that will do this for you.
Chew is offline  
Old 05-11-04, 11:29 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Slurpee Capital of the World
Posts: 529
shimmoril is offline  
Old 05-11-04, 11:32 AM
Groucho's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 70,593
Well, you have to download their software in order to download the free tune anyway.

I thought there was an option for "Convert to MP3" in the iTunes software? Or am I horribly mistaken and confused again?
Groucho is offline  
Old 05-11-04, 12:54 PM
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 8,572
Go to, they have a story about a program (Hymn formerly PlayFair) that will break the new FairPlay 2.0 DRM scheme.

In iTunes you can right click on a file and say "Convert To MP3" or "Convert To Apple Lossless" but if it has DRM, you'll get an error message.

Last edited by Brain Stew; 05-11-04 at 12:59 PM.
Brain Stew is offline  
Old 05-11-04, 02:21 PM
DVD Talk Gold Edition
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Stuck doing T.P.S. repots for Lumbergh!!!!
Posts: 2,483
Just to let you know the new version of will pay ACC files. It also works great with iPod.
TheKobra is offline  
Old 05-11-04, 02:39 PM
DVD Talk Gold Edition
Join Date: Dec 1999
Posts: 2,708
And another alternative is to burn the AAC file to CD, then re-encode back to MP3 with any of your favorite ripper programs (although you will lose some quality that way).
Lampei is offline  
Old 05-11-04, 02:58 PM
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Texas
Posts: 7,759
You'd have to burn it with iTunes, though.
shaun3000 is offline  
Old 05-11-04, 06:30 PM
DVD Talk Legend
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 14,812
Beat me to it. You do have to use iTunes to listen to their songs.

Part of the reason for the promotion was to get a ton of new users signing up for their service.
criptik28 is offline  
Old 05-12-04, 12:39 AM
Stealth Moderator
namja's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: High Definition
Posts: 24,967
Someone posted a software that will convert AAC to MP3 without iTunes. Too lazy to do a search ... you do it.
namja is offline  
Old 05-12-04, 01:53 AM
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Texas
Posts: 7,759

Used to be Fair Play (

It will strip the DRM from your M4P files. I'm not sure if you still need iTunes installed to do the stripping or not. They should play on any player that supports AAC after they are stripped.
shaun3000 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.