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How to Download Apple Music for Offline Listening

Zoey Wesson
BY Zoey Wesson   
LAST UPDATED: Jan. 20, 2017
Apple Music is a great way to get new songs directly from artists and recommendations from the numerous music services. However, Apple Music is purely a music streaming service which needs an Internet connection to flint through tracks. What's worse, you cannot burn Apple Music tracks to a CD, play them on other devices that aren't linked to your Apple Music account and you will lose access to your Apple Music tracks once your Apple Music subscription is canceled.


But did you know that you can actually save tracks from Apple Music for offline listening? It's a great option to get rid of all troubles mentioned above. Once downloaded the Apple Music songs to your iOS device/Mac/PC, you can listen to them anytime anywhere. In this guide we'll show you how to make Apple Music available offline and save them to any device you like for playback.

Part 1 Download Apple Music for Offline Listening

Step 1. Enable iCloud Music Library

Go to "Settings" in your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, then choose "Music" and ensure iCloud Music Library is enabled.

Enable iCloud Music Library

Step 2. Add the Apple Music Songs to iCloud Music Library

Select the song or album and look for the "More" options icon, which will be on the bottom right side. Click on it and select "+" icon to add the item to your iCloud Music Library. After that, the music your selected will now show up under "My Music".

Add the Apple Music to iCloud Music Library

Step 3. Download the Apple Music Tracks to Your Device

Now switch to the "My Music" tab and navigate to the playlist, album or song you previously selected. Now click on the "More Options" icon and you will see a Cloud icon. Click on the "Cloud" and the selected item will be downloaded to your device. When it is finished, you will see the Cloud icon replaced by another icon showing an iPhone with a checkmark indicating it's available for offline playing.

Download the Apple Music Tracks to Your Device

Note: This method is only a temporary solution to listen to Apple Music offline. You can use it to keep and play those downloaded tracks on your device for as long as your Apple Music account is still active. But if you cancel, then all the Apple Music tracks will become unplayable because of Apple's DRM protection. So the once-and-for-all method to keep Apple Music tracks forever is to kill the DRM protection and convert Apple Music songs from M4P to MP3. Scroll down to get more info in the method 2 section.

Part 2 Convert Apple Music to MP3 for Listening Offline

Apple Music Converter is what you need to convert Apple Music songs, iTunes M4P songs and Audiobooks to DRM-free MP3, FLAC, AC3, etc. The converted MP3 and M4A files will preserve the original ID3 tags and metadata information. It supports batch conversion and up to 16X faster speed.

Apple Music Converter – Make Apple Music Available Offline

With Apple Music Converter, you can convert the DRM-ed Apple Music tracks or iTunes songs to MP3 easily and enjoy them on any device offline.

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Step 1. Select Apple Music Tracks to Convert

Launch Apple Music Converter on PC and then take a preview of the iTunes library. After that, select the Apple Music track which you would like to convert to MP3 by ticking the checkbox next to it.

Launch Apple Music Converter on PC

Step 2. Select Output Format and Output Destination

Now go to "Output Settings" to choose MP3 as the output format and select a desired output folder to save the converted MP3.More output settings can be find in the "Options" tab in which you can change the conversion speed or customize the output file name.

Select Output Format and Output Destination

Step 3. Convert Apple Music to MP3

Now click on the "Convert" button to start removing DRM and converting Apple Music to MP3 simultaneously.

Convert Apple Music to MP3


With Apple Music Converter, you can keep your purchased Apple Music song and iTunes songs, Audiobooks, etc. as permanent possession. You are able to listen to Apple Music on iPod Nano, play them in your Car via USB drive or burn them to a CD. Enjoy!


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