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How to Copy Music from iTunes to USB Flash Drive

How do I copy iTunes music to a flash drive and play it on my car radio? Can I convert iTunes music to MP3 format? Since my car's USB feature will not play anything but MP3.

If you are also looking for an efficient way to convert your music from iTunes to MP3 and transfer to USB flash drive for playing in your car, you can read this article here to learn how to easily convert and transfer iTunes music to MP3 format and copy to USB drive with a few clicks only.

1. Convert iTunes Songs to MP3

It is well-known that songs from the iTunes Store come in the AAC format which is not supported by most of car audio systems. So if you want to play these iTunes song on your car, you need convert them to MP3s. Apple iTunes allows its users to convert and export their songs as MP3 files simply by setting the iTunes conversion preferences. The following is the detailed steps.

Step 1: Launch iTunes. At the top of your screen click the "Edit" tab (or the "iTunes" tab if on a Mac).

Step 2: Select the "Preferences" option to enter the "General" screen.

Step 3: Click the "Import Settings" button near the lower-right corner of the "General" menu.

Step 4: Choose "MP3 Encoder" from the "Import Using" drop-down box at the top of the "Import Settings" window. Click "OK" to save your changes and return to the iTunes library.

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Step 5: Highlight the song in iTunes you want converted. Click the "Advanced >>" tab at the top of the screen and select "Create MP3 Version." New song files appear in your library next to the original files.

Now you can insert your flash drive, and copy these MP3 files will to the flash drive for playing in your car.

2. Best Tool to Copy iTunes Protected M4P Music to USB Drive

The songs in your iTunes Library may all seem to be essentially the same, but if you look closely, you'll find out that some music differ in some pretty major ways. Except the common AAC audio, some of music in iTunes is encoded protected, such as songs purchased from iTunes store before 2009, Apple Music songs. Since these instructions above only apply to the songs from the iTunes Store. In this case, to copy protected iTunes music to USB flash drive, you are supposed to get a smart iTunes Converter. There is no better software that can be used to transfer music from iTunes to Flash Drive other than NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter.

NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter, developed by NoteBurner Inc, is a professional Apple Music Converter, which will help you legally record iTunes M4P files and convert Apple Music files, audiobooks, or other downloaded music from iTunes or Apple Music to MP3, FLAC, AAC or WAV format at 10X faster speed with keeping lossless audio quality. Thus, you can easily copy the converted iTunes songs to USB drive.

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3. Tutorial on How to Transfer iTunes M4P Music to USB Drive

The following is the detailed tutorial to guide you to convert songs from iTunes or Apple Music to MP3 and copy to USB flash drive. Please download NoteBurner Apple Music Converter first before getting started.

Step 1: Download and Launch NoteBurner Apple Music Converter

Download and install NoteBurner Apple Music Converter. After it, please launch the software.

main interface

Step 2: Add iTunes M4P Songs

Click the button "+" to add music, it will pop up a window, which will show you all of songs you have downloaded from iTunes. You can choose any song you want to convert.

Add files

Step 3: Choose Output Format

After the successful adding, please click the button "Setting" to choose the output format as you need, in the pop-up window, you can set output path, output quality, and output format including WAV, AAC, MP3, and FLAC.


Step 4: RecordiTunes M4P Songs

After completing the above steps, the final one is clicking the button "Convert". Just a few second, it will succeed.


Step 5: Move iTunes Music to USB Drive

After converting, you can click the History button on the top-right interface to find the converted music. Now, you can connect your USB drive with your computer and copy the converted iTunes music to it.

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