3 Simple Ways to Listen to Apple Music Offline

Updated by Adam Gorden on Jun 9, 2021 5:12 PM.
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Streaming music is great as it doesn't take up valuable space on your device. But if you have a small cellular plan or limited access to the internet, you'd better download the music to your mobile devices for offline listening instead of streaming it. If you listen to Apple Music, you may want to know how does Apple Music works offline and more importantly, how to play Apple Music offline on different devices. Here are 3 simple ways you should follow to stream Apple Music offline on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows with or without an Apple Music subscription.

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Method 1. How to Use Apple Music Offline with Subscription
Method 2. How to Listen to Apple Music Offline after Paying
Method 3. Listen to Apple Music Offline without Subscription(Hot)

Method 1. How to Use Apple Music Offline with Subscription

Does apple music work offline? Yes! Apple Music allows you to download any track or album from its catalog and keep them offline on your device. Therefore, the easiest way to listen to Apple Music songs offline is to directly download the songs within the Apple Music app. The following steps will explain the whole process for you.

On iOS Device or Android Device:

To download and listen to Apple Music offline, you need to add Apple Music tracks first and then download them.

Step 1. Open the Apple Music app on your device.

Step 2. Touch and hold a song, album, or playlist you want to listen to offline. Tap the Add to Library button.

Step 3. Once the track is successfully added to your library, tap the Download icon for making Apple Music available offline.

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Then the song(s) will start downloading to your device. Once downloaded, you can play them within Apple Music even in offline mode. To view the downloaded offline songs in Apple Music, simply tap Library in the Music app, then select Downloaded Music from the top menu.

On Mac or PC Computer:

Step 1. Open your Music app or iTunes app on your computer.

Step 2. Find the song that you want to listen to offline, and click the Add button to add it to your library.

Step 3. Click the Download icon next to the song to download and save Apple Music offline listening.

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Method 2. How to Listen to Apple Music Offline after Paying

If you do not subscribe to Apple Music but want to listen to some music from Apple Music offline, you can purchase these songs from iTunes Store and download the purchased songs to listen offline.

on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch:

You need to use the iTunes Store app and the Apple Music app for playing Apple Music offline on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Step 1. Open the iTunes Store app on your iOS device and tap the Music button.

Step 2. Find the song/album you want to buy and tap to price next to it to buy it. Sign in to your account with the Apple ID and password.

Step 3. Go to the Apple Music app and tap the Library tab. Tap the Download button to download and save Apple Music for offline listening.

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on Mac:

On Mac with macOS Catalina, only the Apple Music app is needed.

Step 1. On the Apple Music app, find out the song or album you want to listen to offline.

Step 2. Click the iTunes Store button and click the price next to it. Sign in to your account to pay.

Step 3. Find the song in your music library and click the Download button to save Apple Music offline.

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on Windows:

On Windows or Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier, you can use iTunes.

Step 1. Go to iTunes > Music > Store.

Step 2. Click the price next to it. Sign in to your account to pay.

Step 3. Find the song in your music library and click the Download button to save Apple Music offline.

Method 3. Listen to Apple Music Offline without Subscription

With the first solution, you are required to keep the subscription to Apple Music in order to continuously download the songs for offline listening. With the second one, you do not need to subscribe to Apple Music, but you have to pay for every track you want to listen to offline. If you want to listen to several songs, you will definitely receive a bill you can't afford. Additionally, another limit of these methods is you can only listen to the downloaded Apple Music tracks on authorized devices like iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.

In other words, you can't enjoy those songs on unauthorized devices even they are already downloaded. Why? That's because Apple protects the copyright of digital content sold in its online store. As a result, the songs in Apple Music can only be streamed to devices authorized with Apple ID.

Don't worry though. If you are looking for a way to make Apple Music available offline on any device even after unsubscribing Apple Music service someday, you are recommended to use TunesKit Apple Music Converter, a smart and easy-to-use downloader for Apple Music that can help you download Apple Music songs to for playing Apple Music offline while converting them to popular formats such as MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and more with original quality kept.

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Now simply follow the instructions below to see how to convert Apple Music with TunesKit and make the songs playable offline on any non-authorized devices.

1Import Downloaded Apple Music Files

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Open TunesKit Apple Music Converter on your computer. Click the Load iTunes Library button and a popup window will appear to ask you to choose the Apple Music songs from your iTunes library. You can also add the songs via drag-and-drop. Click OK to load the files to the converter.

2Select Output Preferences

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Now click the Format option at the left corner of the conversion window. Then choose the output format as you like. Currently, it supports the most popular audio formats, including MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, M4B, and FLAC. You are also provided with the option to adjust the audio quality by setting the codec, channel, bit rate, and sample rate according to your own needs.

3Make Apple Music Offline

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After that, press the Convert button at the bottom right and TunesKit will start to download and convert Apple Music tracks to MP3 or other formats.

After you download Apple Music offline, you can get the unprotected Apple Music songs from the history folder and transfer them to any device and player for offline listening without worrying about the subscription.

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