How to Convert Apple Music to MP3 in 4 Ways

Updated by Adam Gorden on Apr 21, 2021 17:18 PM.
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Are you an Apple Music user? Then can you name the reason why you choose Apple Music over Spotify, Pandora, or other music streaming services? If you ask me, I would say, because there are always songs you can't find anywhere else than Apple Music. And what's more, there are always songs you want to save offline for playback.

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However, there's no free tier for Apple Music, so all the playbacks are only accessible on devices authorized with an Apple Music subscription. The protection on Apple Music songs also keeps you from listening to the songs without a subscription. You may want to get out of the shackles of Apple Music to play Apple Music on more devices or players at any time. That needs you to convert Apple Music to MP3, the most compatible audio format. But how to? And that's why we write this article. We have 4 ways for you to do that. Just check out the solutions below!

Part 1. How to Convert Unprotected Apple Music
     Way 1. Use iTunes
     Way 2. Use Apple Music App
Part 2. How to Convert Protected Apple Music
     Way 3. Use TunesKit Audio Converter
     Way 4. Use TunesKit Audio Capture
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How to Convert Unprotected Apple Music Songs to MP3

If your Apple Music songs are not protected, you are able to use iTunes or Apple Music app to convert Apple Music songs to MP3. You must know that these two methods will make the Apple Music songs with lower quality than the original songs. To get the lossless songs, please check the second part.

Solution 1. Convert Unprotected Apple Music to MP3 with iTunes

The first method only needs iTunes for conversion. Let’s see how to use iTunes to convert unprotected Apple Music songs to MP3 format.

1. Open iTunes. Go to Edit > Preference on a Windows computer and iTunes > Preference on a Mac.

2. Select the General tab. Click the Import Settings... button.

3. From the popping up window, under the Import Using section, select the MP3 Encoder choice.

4. Find the songs that you want to convert to MP3 and highlight them.

5. Navigate to File > Convert > Create MP3 version. iTunes will create an MP3 version for these songs.

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Solution 2. Convert Unprotected Apple Music to MP3 with Apple Music App

For those who have a Mac computer updated to macOS Catalina 10.15., the Apple Music app can help them convert Apple Music to MP3. In this version, Apple has divided iTunes into 3 parts including Apple Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV. You can use the Apple Music app to do the conversion if yours has been updated to macOS Catalina 10.15. or later.

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1. Open your Mac computer and launch the Apple Music app.

2. Go to Music > Preferences and then Files > Import Settings.

3. Choose the Import Using menu and select the MP3 format as the output format.

4. Press and hold the Option key on the keyboard.

5. Go to File > Convert > Convert to [import preference]. Choose the Apple Music songs you are going to convert to MP3.

How to Convert Protected Apple Music Songs to MP3

The two methods above only work for those who have removed the protection on Apple Music songs and want to change the format of the songs without valuing the quality of Apple Music songs. If you want to convert unprotected Apple Music to MP3 with high quality, choose one of the two solutions below.

Solution 3. Convert Apple Music to MP3 with Apple Music Converter

Among all the Apple Music converters in the market, few of them can truly meet your needs. They either have bad output quality or have not enough options for output formats. But I am sure TunesKit Audio Converter is the one that deserves the fame. TunesKit Audio Converter is one of the most reliable and the best Apple Music converters that won't let you down. It is born to bring ease to your digital life. It's able to decrypt protected Apple Music songs and convert the M4P files to MP3 format while keeping the lossless music quality and ID tags.

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TunesKit Audio Converter Key Features

  • Convert iTunes music, iTunes audiobooks, and Audible audiobooks
  • Convert Apple Music to MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV
  • Preserve original quality including ID3 tags
  • Convert Apple Music at a 30X super-fast speed
  • Easy to operate with clear UI
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Simply follow the video guide or text guide to see how to convert your Apple Music songs to MP3 easily with TunesKit Audio Converter.

Step 1Load Apple Music Songs into TunesKit

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First of all, open TunesKit Audio Converter on your computer. Then click the Add Files button at the top center to import your downloaded Apple Music files to the program. Or you can drag the target songs to the conversion window directly.

Step 2Select MP3 as Output Format

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After importing the Apple Music tracks to this Apple Music to MP3 converter, you should click the Format option at the bottom and select the output format as MP3. There you can also adjust the codec, channel, bit rate, or sample rate to change the music quality in your way.

Step 3Convert Apple Music to MP3

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Now, you can initiate the conversion process by clicking the Convert button on the TunesKit interface. Then it will begin to convert Apple Music to MP3 as expected. Wait till the conversion is done. You can find the well-converted MP3 tracks via the Converted icon at the top.

Solution 4. Download Apple Music to MP3 with TunesKit Audio Capture

To stream Apple Music MP3, the music recording software is also a great choice. For instance, TunesKit Audio Capture, with which you can record the Apple Music tracks and save the files in MP3 format with high quality. Unlike the traditional audio recorder, this apple music converter for Windows and Mac is more intelligent as it's able to record multiple tracks simultaneously. It can also keep and fix the ID tags while recording Apple Music to MP3.

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You can follow this tutorial: How to Record Apple Music to MP3 for more details.

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Final Words

To wrap it up, all the ways are great options to convert your Apple Music to MP3 effortlessly. But if you want to convert protected Apple Music audios, you need to choose TunesKit Apple Music Converter or TunesKit Audio Capture. And if you are caring much about the output music quality, you are recommended to go for TunesKit Apple Music Converter instead of other solutions, as the TunesKit Apple Music Converter is able to keep high quality while converting Apple Music files to MP3.

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Disclaimer: When converting Apple Music to MP3, we don't encourage any commercial use. These solutions mentioned here are solely provided for Apple Music subscribers who want to back up the songs for personal use only. Please don't distribute the converted Apple Music tracks to others for commercial purposes.

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