How to Transfer Songs from Apple Music to USB Flash Drive

Posted by Adam Gorden on August 26, 2016 8:24:01 PM.

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At the moment when you subscribe Apple Music streaming service, you should be clear about the restrictions of Apple Music, such as you can only access to the streaming music from devices registered with your Apple Music account, the tracks would become unplayable after cancelling the subscription, and the most annoying limit - you are not allowed to transfer the downloaded songs from Apple Music to USB or other players. So what if you want to copy the Apple Music songs to play in your car radio using USB flash drive? Don't worry. This article will guide you to easily transfer songs and playlists from Apple Music to USB stick in a few clicks only.

Copying Apple Music Tracks to USB: Tools & Requirements

Tool Needed to Completely Remove DRM from Apple Music Streams

Have you ever thought about the reason why you can't upload the Apple Music tracks to USB or other devices? In fact, you are prevented from copying Apple Music songs to USB drive and other media devices because all the music tracks in Apple Music are protected by Apple's FairPlay DRM technology. The most important thing to make Apple Music songs recognized by USB drive is to find a tool to crack the DRM completely from the protected music streams. Here comes the rescue, TunesKit Apple Music Converter/TunesKit Apple Music Converter for Mac, a smart DRM Apple Music converter that is designed to remove DRM from Apple Music and convert the music tracks from DRM-ed M4P to common MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, M4B and other audio formats with original CD quality preserved.

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Move Apple Music Songs to USB Drive in 3 Steps only

Step 1. Download Songs from Apple Music for Offline Listening

Open iTunes, go to "For You" or "New" tab where you can find the entire Apple Music category sorted by artists, albums, playlists and songs. Once selected a song, album, or playlist that you want to transfer to USB drive, click the "..." icon next to the song or album name to add the songs to "My Music" or "Playlist". When the songs are added to your music library, go to "My Music" tab to find the music file and click the cloud icon with a downward arrow to download the song so that you can play it offline.

Step 2. Convert DRM-encrypted Apple Music Songs to MP3

Since the downloaded Apple Music tracks are in protected .M4P format that is not supported by USB stick, you should get rid of the DRM encryption from the Apple Music songs as well as convert the offline M4P tracks to common MP3 with TunesKit DRM Apple Music Converter. Now follow the complete guide here to begin converting the DRM-ed Apple Music to MP3 with ease.

1Add Apple Music offline songs to Apple Music Converter

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Launch TunesKit Apple Music Converter and click the "Add Files" button to load the Apple Music M4P songs from iTunes music library. You can also add the music via drag-and-drop.

2Adjust output format and other settings

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When the Apple Music songs are imported successfully to TunesKit Apple Music Converter, you are allowed to select the output format as MP3 or others. Currently the available outputs are MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, and M4B. You should click the "gear" icon next to the music title to select the target output format. Besides, you can also set the output folder for the converted songs by clicking "Output" drop-down list.

3Convert DRM Apple Music to MP3

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Now you can click "Convert" button to start converting the DRM-protected Apple Music files to MP3 or other formats. Usually it will convert the music songs at 30X faster speed.

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Step 3. Sync Converted Apple Music Tracks to USB Flash Drive

Once the conversion completes, all music you saved offline from Apple Music are DRM-free. Now you are free to transfer the converted music tracks to USB flash drive for playing in your car or anywhere else.


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