How to Burn DRM-locked Apple Music Songs onto CD

Posted by Adam Gorden on August 18, 2016 2:14:01 PM.

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Can anyone tell me if you can burn songs you get from apple music on to disk? If so, what do I need to do to accomplish this?

I'm a subscriber to Apple Music service. I downloaded some music tracks to my iTunes folder and I'm just out of curiosity is it possible to burn the music stream from Apple Music then save to offline on to a CD or flash drive? I'm attempting to put those offline songs in a playlist, but when I click "Burn to CD", a window pops up stating that this can't be done as the music is protected. Anyone knows some workarounds?

If you are using Apple Music and looking for a way to burn your offline Apple Music streams to CD disk, you can read on this article in which we'll show you the complete guide on how to burn Apple Music songs to CDs in a few clicks only.

Why We are Prevented from burning Apple Music to Disk

Unlike the music tracks we purchased from iTunes that allow us to burn them to CD, the M4P songs we streamed from Apple Music don't provide this option any more. Although Apple Music allows subscribers freely download and save the music and albums offline onto devices linked to Apple Music account, it restricts the use of the music files on other devices by adding a DRM layer to streaming music collection on Apple Music. In result, Apple Music users are not allowed to burn any Apple Music audio to disc nor copying the offline M4P music tracks to other platforms. What's worse, when the subscription ends, the DRM-locked M4P songs will be disabled and inoperable. Generally speaking, Apple Music users don't own the full control over the music files they legally subscribed.

Complete Tutorial to Burn Apple Music to CD

In order to burn the DRM-encrypted Apple Music songs to CDs, you need to find a solution to completely get rid of DRM from Apple Music M4P at first place. Here you can find the best Apple Music DRM removal tool as well as steps to burn Apple Music to disk by using this smart DRM Apple Music converter.

Tool you'll need to burn Apple Music songs on to CD

Now you meet TunesKit DRM Apple Music Converter for Mac/Windows, an all-in-one Apple Music DRM remover and converter, developed to help you easily remove DRM limit from Apple Music audio tracks and convert the protected M4P songs to free MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, M4B, and FLAC. It will convert the DRM'd Apple Music files at 30X faster speed while preserving the original ID tags and CD quality.

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Part 1. Convert DRM-ed Apple Music M4P to MP3

Firstly, let's remove DRM lock from Apple Music songs by converting the protected M4P tracks to MP3 or other non-DRM formats with TunesKit Apple Music Converter step by step.

1Add Apple Music M4P offline songs to Apple Music Converter

add apple music

Open TunesKit Apple Music Converter to load the M4P files from Apple Music by clicking "Add Files" button. You are also allowed to add the music songs by drag-and-drop. Besides, it supports batch conversion so that you can import multiple Apple Music tracks to TunesKit to convert once.

2Select output format and adjust other settings

set output format

When the DRM-ed M4P songs are loaded successfully to TunesKit Apple Music Converter, you can select the output format as MP3 or others. The available output formats currently are MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, and M4B. To choose the format, you should click the "gear" icon next to the music title. Before conversion, you can also set the output folder for the converted songs by clicking "Output" drop-down list.

3Start to convert DRM-ed Apple Music to MP3

convert drm m4p to mp3

Now you can begin converting the DRM-protected M4P music files to MP3, AAC, WAV or others by pressing "Convert" button.

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Part 2. Burn DRM-free Apple Music tracks onto disk

Once the Apple Music songs are successfully converted to DRM-free audios, you can burn the well-converted music tracks to CD disc by following the instruction below.

1Create new playlist of Apple Music songs in iTunes

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Launch iTunes and click on File > New > Playlist to create a new playlist containing the Apple Music songs you want to burn to disc. Then you can type a name for the playlist and drag the music files into the newly created playlist.

2Begin to burn playlist to CD

burn playlist to disc

Go back to iTunes and right click the newly created playlist to choose "Burn Playlist to Disc". Then a window will pop out ask you set the preferences for CD burning, including the disk format, speed, etc. Once the settings are adjusted, click "Burn" to start copying your Apple Music songs to CD.


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