There are two ways to get music from Apple, and here’s the scoop about DRM copy-protected songs.
1) Apple Music, where you join and pay for a (subscription) membership. The songs you access/ listen to with this subscription are Fairplay DRM protected, as you do not “own” the music.
2) iTunes music that you purchase from the iTunes Store, you outright own. This music is not DRM protected. Which means that you are able to transfer your purchased iTunes library to other devices.
Purchased iTunes song(s) have a default audio format AAC, thus you need to convert these iTunes songs to an audio MP3 format to play on compatible MP3 devices (players.) **
** Not all MP3 players will play your iTunes music which is converted MP3 songs. In my opinion, either you dive into your MP3 player’s specifications for that information, or you take the time to create a test model and give it a try.
If you do not know if your iTunes playlist songs are an AAC audio format, this is how I find out: open iTunes -> have your Library showing -> click on View tab -> click on Show Viewer Options -> Sort by window opens -> scroll down to File and tick the Kind box -> close window -> you'll see what songs have the AAC audio format which you can to MP3.
To convert, select the songs you want to convert. Open iTunes -> select song(s) you want to convert -> click on File tab -> click on Convert -> click on Create MP3 version. You will see the converted version underneath the original audio format (my audio format shows a MPEG)
Before you attempt to transfer your entire iTunes (converted MP3 playlist) to your MP3 player, I would start with one song as a test. (I.e. if it were me) (I would also create a new iTunes playlist and name it “test” to keep track of your test songs.)
Give this a try and let us know your progress!
Self edit: corrected spelling
Edited by softeyes, 12 April 2018 - 02:58 PM.