Does my MP3 player work with Apple's iTunes Store?

Close-Up Of Mp3 Player By In-Ear Headphones On Table
Paul Cordwell / EyeEm / Getty Images

Question:

Does my MP3 player work with Apple's iTunes Store?

This iTunes Store FAQ covers what audio format your MP3 player needs to be compatible with songs downloaded from the iTunes Store.

Answer:

Originally, Apple copy-protected all of the songs in its iTunes Store by using its proprietary Fairplay DRM protection system. This severely limited the choice of iPod alternative players that could be used to play songs purchased and downloaded from its iTunes music library.

Compatibility was always poor because Apple restricted the use of their DRM system to just a handful of non-iPod devices and therefore most hardware manufacturers couldn't integrate support for the .M4P file format. Consumers had, therefore, few options regarding hardware and had to choose either an iPod or go for an MP3 player for use with other digital music services.

Now that Apple has dropped its DRM protection, users can use any media player or MP3 player that is compatible with the AAC format.

For more information, read the iTunes Store review that gives you a full rundown of what the iTunes Store has to offer.