If you have ever purchased music from the iTunes store, you must have noticed that the files are in M4P format (with an extension of .m4p). These files are protected using the “Fairplay” DRM protection developed by Apple Computers, Inc. You cannot play these files using any other player, like mp3 players or any other portable players which were not made by Apple. You cannot even transfer the files to Windows Media Player.
However, if you do wish to play your M4P files in unprotected mode on your Windows Media Player, there are two ways of doing that. The first one involves ripping of the tracks in a slightly complex manner, while the second one involves the usage of third party software utility, named TuneClone.
If you are planning to rip the tracks, then do the following:
In this way, you can get DRM-free MP3 or WMA tracks on your PC from your iTunes player. However, if you have purchased a great deal of music from the iTunes store, then this process may be quite time consuming. In that case, you can use the TuneClone software to directly convert your collections of M4P files to MP3 format. TuneClone M4p to MP3 converter is a software utility that creates a virtual CD-ROM drive on your computer. This virtual drive allows you to remove the DRM protection from M4P audio files without wasting actual CD/DVD disks. Here’s how you do it:
That’s it. You’re done and your M4P collection is all ready for you to listen to on your Windows Media Player without the hassles of copy protection.
If you still need more info, you can learn how to convert m4p to mp3.