Smart & Connected Life iPods & MP3 Players 104 104 people found this article helpful Does My MP3 Player Work With Apple's iTunes Store? The iTunes AAC format is compatible with most MP3 players by Mark Harris Writer Mark Harris is a former writer for Lifewire who wrote about the digital music scene and streaming music services in an easy to understand, no-nonsense manner. our editorial process Mark Harris Updated on August 12, 2019 Paul Cordwell / Getty Images iPods & MP3 Players Working From Home Headphones & Ear Buds Smart Home Smart Watches & Wearables Travel Tech Connected Car Tech iPods & MP3 Players Tweet Share Email Originally, Apple copy-protected all the songs in its iTunes Store by using a proprietary FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) protection system that severely limited the choice of iPod-alternative players you could use to play songs purchased and downloaded from its iTunes music library. Now that Apple has dropped its DRM protection, users can use any media player or MP3 player that is compatible with the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) format. If your new MP3 player isn't appearing in iTunes, make sure to go through all of the troubleshooting steps before blaming compatibility. Music Players With AAC Compatibility In addition to Apple's iPods, iPhones, and iPads, many other music players are compatible with AAC music including: PonoPlayerSony Walkman NW-ZX2 and NWZ-A15Astell & Kern AK70 and AK JrQuestyle QP1R DAPFiio X7ONKYO DP-X1Pioneer XDP-300R What Is AAC Format? AAC and MP3 are both lossy audio compression formats. The AAC format arguably produces better audio quality than the MP3 format and can be played on almost all software and devices that can play MP3 files. AAC is recognized by the ISO and IEC as part of the MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 specifications. In addition to being the default format for iTunes and Apple's music players, AAC is the standard audio format for YouTube, Nintendo DSi and 3DS, PlayStation 3, several models of Nokia phones, and other devices. AAC vs. MP3 AAC was designed as MP3's successor. Tests during development showed the AAC format delivered better sound quality than the MP3 format, although tests since that time demonstrate that the sound quality is similar in the two formats and depends on the encoder used more than the format itself.