What Is An M4P? How To Open And Convert It?

2020-11-06
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Summary: iTunes users may be familiar with M4P files. This article will show you what exactly M4P is, and how to open, convert and edit it.

Definition

The M4P file format is primarily related to Protected AAC File by Apple Inc. AAC is the audio layer, from following formats to MP3. The M4P extension is a protected AAC purchased from the iTunes (Apple Music Store) that adopts Apple’s DRM copy-protection technology.

M4P limits the number of computers on which users can play specific files. Users must authorize the computer using the Apple iTunes app to play an M4P file on their computer. Users with one iTunes account can authorize up to five different computers.

Open An M4P file

Users can open an M4P file by using Apple’s iTunes. Windows cannot open the M4P files without proper software. Except for iTunes, other suitable software can also open M4P files, such as Apple’s QuickTime or PotPlayer.

However, you have to authorize the computer you’re using iTunes to play the M4P file. The file is done by signing in to iTunes under the same account used to download the audio file.

How To Authorize A Computer?

Here’s how to authorize the computer to play M4P files.

Step 1: Open iTunes on a computer that you want to authorize.

Step 2: Click Account from the iTunes menu bar.

Step 3: Then, choose Authorizations and select Authorize This Computer option.

Step 4: Finally, enter the Apple ID and password when prompts appear.

What If Still Cannot Open the File?

If you still can’t open the file after trying the software above, please recheck the file extension. It’s easy to mistake other files for M4P files because their extensions are very similar. However, similar extensions do not necessarily mean that the format is relevant.

For instance, M4 is similar to M4P, but it is a file extension used for Macro Processor Library files. M4 files are text files, so you cannot play them in iTunes or any media player.

M4U is another file extension you may confuse for M4P. M4U files are for MPEG-4 Playlist files and are not audio or video files, but references to video clips that the video player can use to play them.

Convert An M4P File

It is an excellent way to convert an M4P file into other file formats if you want to play it without iTunes.

Many software can convert M4P files to other file formats.

FileZigZag, a free online file converter, can convert M4P files to MP3. It means that you only need to upload M4P files to the website to convert them to MP3, M4R, M4A, WAV, etc.

TuneClone M4P Converter is also a good but relatively more useful way to convert M4P files to MP3. It works from a computer rather than through a browser and you don’t need to upload files to convert them. However, the trial only supports to convert the first three minutes of an M4P file.

Let’s take FileZigZag as an example.

Step 1: Go to FileZigZag’s homepage.

Step 2: Click “Drop your files here” to browse and select the M4P files you want to convert on your PC.

Step 3: Under the Files to convert section, select MP3 from the “Target Format” category

Step 4: Click “Start Converting” to convert the M4P files into the MP3 format. Finally, you need to click “Download” to store the files on your PC.

Bottom Line!

The above contents give a detailed introduction to M4P, including its definition and the ways to open and convert M4P files. You will have a general idea about M4P by reading this post.

 

 

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