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How to Get Access to Apple Music on Linux

Karlie Harris
BY Karlie Harris   
LAST UPDATED: Mar. 06, 2017

"I downloaded some Apple Music songs on my Android phone, now I want to transfer and play these Apple Music with Linux. But the iTunes is in no way supported for Linux (it’s required to get Apple Music). How can I get Apple Music on my Linux Mint computer?"

Have you ever meet the same question above? It's a great way to buy music or stream tens of millions of songs with Apple Music. But it's known to all that Apple doesn't make a version of iTunes that can run natively on Linux. So it is impossible to install iTunes directly on Linux Mint computer to enjoy Apple Music. And due to DRM protection, the Apple Music tracks can't be transferred and played on Linux media player without authorization. Here, we would like to share two methods to help you listen to Apple Music on Linux.

Method 1 Convert Apple Music to MP3 for Playing on Linux

To convert DRM-ed Apple Music to MP3, you can get help from Apple Music Converter while the common audio converter will don't work effective. This program can be used to legally remove DRM from iTunes M4P music, Audiobooks and Apple Music without a hitch.

Main Features of Apple Music Converter:

• Remove DRM and convert iTunes Apple Music to MP3, AC3, MKV, M4A, etc.

• Strip DRM from iTunes M4A/M4B and Audible AA/AAX audiobooks.

• Preserve original audio quality and ID tags.

• Offer up to 16X conversion speed.


Step 1. Launch Apple Music Converter

First, download and install the Apple Music Converter on Window PC. Make sure the latest iTunes has been installed on your computer. Then open Apple Music Converter and iTunes will be automatically launched.

Launch Apple Music Converter

Step 2. Select Apple Music Songs

Make sure the Apple Music tracks you want to convert are well downloaded on your computer. Then open the Apple Music playlist on the left of main interface and select the music files one by one. Or directly search the songs on the search box.

Select Apple Music Songs

Step 3. Set MP3 as Output Format

On the bottom of main interface, you can choose output format as MP3 for Linux from the pull down format list. Besides, the output path can be changed according to your requirement. If not, the output audio will be saved to the default folder.

Set MP3 as Output Format

Step 4. Convert Apple Music to MP3

Ready? Click on "Convert" button to start the Apple Music to MP3 conversion. Then Apple Music Converter will automatically remove the DRM protection from Apple Music and convert the songs to MP3 format.

Convert Apple Music to MP3

Method 2 How to Use iTunes on Linux to Enjoy Apple Music

Though you can't find a Linux version of iTunes, there is still some methods to run iTunes on Linux. The best method is using WINE. This program can add a compatibility layer to help you run Windows program on Linux. It will be a little complex but you can follow the steps below to get iTunes installed on Linux computer.

Step 1. Download and Install WINE from here.

Step 2. Check whether if your version of Linux needs any extras installed to support iTunes or its files. The most widely used tool in this situation is PlayOnLinux.

Step 3. After built the correct environment, download a 32-bit Windows version of iTunes from Apple and install it on Linux.

Step 4. If the installation can go smoothly, try an earlier version of iTunes. But it will lack of the latest features.

Step 5. Launch iTunes and sign in your account. Now you can listen to Apple Music on Linux.

More Detailed Guide: Go to AskUbuntu.com


Either of the two methods can help you enjoy Apple Music on Linux without any restriction. From my opinion, it is more convenient to convert Apple Music to MP3 for playing on Linux. Because the steps are really hard to understand and handle. Get the method you like and enjoy your Apple Music on Linux now.


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