2 Simple Ways to Listen to Apple Music Offline

Updated by Adam Gorden on Mar 25, 2020 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 have subscribed to Apple Music, it's easy to listen to the songs and playlists offline. How? Here are two simple ways you should follow.

Method 1. Download Apple Music for Offline Listening (Official Way)
Method 2. Listen to Apple Music Offline on Any Device (Hot)

Method 1. Download Songs, Albums, Playlists from Apple Music for Offline Use

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 Apple Music app. The following steps will explain the whole process for you.

On iDevice or Android Device:

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

Step 2. Browse the Apple Music Store to find the song, album or playlist you want to listen to offline.

Step 3. If the song or album hasn't been added to your library, you'll see a + icon to the right of the music. Tap it to add a song or album.

Step 4. Once the track is successfully added to your library, tap the Download icon to save the song to your playlist and make it 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 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 button icon next to the song to dowload and save Apple Music offline listening.

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Method 2. Listen to Apple Music Offline on Any Unauthorized Device

With the first solution, you are required to keep the subscription of Apple Music in order to continuously download the songs for offline listening. Additionally, another limit of that method 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 like iPod, Windows Phone, or other common MP3 players even they are already downloaded. Why? That's because of FairPlay, a DRM technology used by Apple to protect the copyright of digital contents sold in its online store. In result, the songs in Apple Music can only be streamed to devices authorized with Apple ID.

Simple Solution to Remove DRM from Apple Music

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 DRM removal tool for Apple Music that can help you completely delete DRM encryption from the songs 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 non-authorized devices.

1Import downloaded Apple Music files to TunesKit M4P Converter

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Open TunesKit Apple Music Converter on your computer. Click "Add" button and a popup window will appear to ask you 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 "Format" option at the left corner of the conversion window. Then choose the output format as you like. Currently it supports 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.

3Start removing DRM from Apple Music songs

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

Once converted, 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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