Convert iTunes to MP3 - Protected Files
If you saw an error message informing you that the file could not be converted because protected files cannot be converted to other formats, you might be scratching your head and asking, "Well then, how do I convert iTunes to MP3 files?" Fortunately, there is a workaround that you can use to accomplish the conversion. In fact, there are a couple of methods. Choose the one that best suits your needs.
To convert a small group of iTunes songs to MP3 files, burn the songs to a CD.
Go to the File menu and select New Playlist. Type in a name for the playlist and press Enter or Return. Drag the songs you want to add to the CD into your new playlist. You can rearrange them by dragging and dropping them in the order you want.
Go to the File menu and click Burn CD. Insert a CD into your CD burning drive. Make sure it is an audio CD. Click Burn CD again. Wait while the disc is created.
Insert the newly burned CD into your computer. Select the disc in the source list and add the songs back to your media library. Follow the steps in the previous section to convert iTunes to MP3, as they will no longer be protected files.
If you have a great deal of protected files, burning them all to disc may be too time consuming. Check out Free iTunes to MP3 Converter Roundup to find programs that will convert the files for you.