How to Cancel Your Apple Music Subscription and Keep Playing the Songs

Posted by Adam Gorden on September 30, 2016 2:14:01 PM.

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Apple Music is a music-streaming service launched by Apple in 2015 to compete with other existing similar streaming services like Spotify or Google Play Music, etc. Since its release, Apple Music has managed to distance itself from others with exclusive content, over 30 million songs, the Internet radio station Beats 1, and the blog platform Connect. New subscribers are offered with three-month free trial of Apple Music. When the free trial ends, it will cost $9.99 per month for personal membership or $14.99 for family membership if the user decides to continue the subscription. In September 2016, Apple announced that Apple Music exceeded more than 17 million paid subscribers. If you're currently signed up Apple Music but don't think the service is worth the regular $9.99-per-month price and want to cancel the free trial before the end of the month or turn off the auto renewal in order to avoid being charged, you should follow the guide here. It will show you two ways to cancel Apple Music subscription while providing you the work-around to access to Apple Music songs for playback even when the subscription is canceled.

1. Unsubscribe Apple Music Service via iTunes

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To cancel Apple Music on your Mac or PC, you'll need to be running iTunes 12.2 or higher.

Step 1Log into Apple Music account in iTunes

Launch iTunes in OS X or Windows, sign in the account with Apple ID associated with your Apple Music free trial, and then click your account name in the iTunes toolbar. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Account Info. Enter your account password when prompted.

Step 2Go to Manage Subscriptions

Once the Account Info page loads, scroll all the way to the bottom until you see the section labeled "Settings." Find the entry for Subscriptions and click Manage.

Step 3Edit Apple Music Membership

This section of your iTunes account lists any recurring subscriptions that are (or were previously) associated with your Apple ID, such as subscriptions to now-defunct Newsstand content. Listed at the top should be an entry for "Your Membership" for Apple Music. Click Edit.

Step 4Cancel Apple Music Subscription

To cancel your Apple Music membership, you need to find "Automatic Renewal" and click Off. You'll see a box appear asking you to confirm your choice to turn off auto-renewal. Click Turn Off to confirm. You'll then be returned to the "Your Membership" page for Apple Music and the auto-renewal options should be gone, indicating that you've successfully canceled your subscription.

2. Cancel Apple Music Subscription in iOS

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If you use Apple Music directly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch instead of iTunes, you can cancel the Apple Music service in iOS devices.

Step 1Log into Your Apple ID

Go to Settings > App > iTunes Store and tap on your Apple ID at the top of the menu (assuming that this Apple ID is the one associated with your Apple Music free trial; if it's not, tap Sign Out and then log in with the correct Apple ID). Tap View Apple ID and enter your password when prompted.

Step 2Manage Subscriptions

On the Account Settings page, find "Subscriptions" and tap Manage. An entry for "Your Membership" for Apple Music will be listed at the top. Tap on it to change your Apple Music subscription options.

Step 3Turn Off Automatic Renewal of Apple Music Membership

To cancel your Apple Music membership before the end of the trial period, tap the toggle next to "Automatic Renewal" in order to set it to Off (white). You'll be asked to confirm your choice; tap Turn Off to complete the process.

More Tips: How to Access to Apple Music for Playback after Unsubscription

When the Apple Music service is unsubscribed successfully, you'll still have access to the Apple Music until the end of the three-month trial. Since then, the music you previously downloaded for offline usage will no longer be accessible. Don't worry. The good news is that there's still turn-around to listen to Apple Music offline streams after unsubscription.

The most important thing you should be clear about is that the Apple Music songs are protected by Apple's DRM. If you want to access to Apple Music downloads when the subscription ends, you need to use specific tool to unlock the DRM encryption from your favorite Apple Music songs or albums and save them in DRM-free music files for backup under the subscription.

Here you meet TunesKit Apple Music Converter, a third-party DRM removal software to crack DRM lock from Apple Music songs while converting the protected M4P files to common MP3, AAC, WAV, etc. If you are running Mac OS X 10.8 to 10.12, you should download TunesKit Apple Music Converter for Mac.

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Step 1Download songs from Apple Music and save them offline

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 2Add the downloaded songs to TunesKit Apple Music Converter

Launch TunesKit Apple Music Converter, click "Add Files" button to begin importing the offline songs to the program. You can also drag the saved songs from the Apple Music folder and drop them to TunesKit converter.

Step 3Select output format

When the M4P songs are loaded successfully to TunesKit window, you should select the output format as you like. 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.

Step 4Remove DRM from Apple Music songs

Now you can begin converting the DRM-protected M4P music files to MP3 or other DRM-free audios by pressing "Convert" button.

After conversion, you'll get the copies of the DRM-free Apple Music songs so that you can store those files on your computer or other media devices for access at anytime you like.

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