How to Play Apple Music on Any Device without iTunes

Posted by Adam Gorden on October 12, 2017 10:14:01 AM.

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As of September 2017, Apple Music, one of the largest online music streaming services in the world, has surpassed 30 million subscribers. From the rapid growth rate of Apple Music, we can foresee that customers' requirements on such kind of music service will become rigorous. Therefore, some essential limits inserted in Apple Music might be noted more obviously. For instance, because of the copyright security, subscribers can only access to Apple Music library via iTunes on Mac or Windows PC. It's impossible to listen to Apple Music tracks on other media players such as VLC, Windows Media Player, etc. on computer. That's totally inconvenient for people who doesn't like iTunes. Don't worry. Here we are about to introduce an ultimate workaround for you so that you can play Apple Music songs without iTunes on any platform and device.

How Can You Play Apple Music without iTunes on Mac & PC

First of all, you should understand that the reason why Apple Music is tied to iTunes is because Apple applied its FairPlay DRM technology to Apple Music songs. In this case, it can prevent the subscribers from copying and sharing their Apple Music tracks freely in order to protect the copyright of the music. Therefore, if you need to listen to Apple Music on your computer without iTunes, the key point is find a solution to get rid of the DRM protection from Apple Music songs. Only when the DRM is cracked for good, can you get the full control over Apple Music and play the songs on any device even without iTunes at all.

Steps to Remove DRM from Apple Music M4P Songs

TunesKit - Best Apple Music Converter

As there are so many similar Apple Music tools in the market, we are introducing TunesKit Apple Music Converter here to save your efforts. It's available for both Mac and Windows OS, aiming to completely remove DRM lock from Apple Music songs without quality loss. With this smart app, you can easily convert the offline Apple Music tracks from protected M4P format to common MP3, WAV, FLAC, AAC, etc. while preserving the original ID tags. You are suggested to download the free trial version as below before getting started to remove DRM from your Apple Music files.

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Note: If you are looking for a more powerful music tool that can not only convert Apple Music, but also work with other DRM-ed audio files, such as iTunes songs, Audible audiobooks, as well as non-DRM audio files, you can turn to TunesKit DRM Audio Converter for Mac/Windows.

Step 1Save Apple Music Songs Offline

Open iTunes on your Mac or PC. Navigate to "For You" or "New" tab where you can access to Apple Music catalog. Browse the store and select a song, album, or playlist and click the "..." icon next to the track's name. Then add the song to "My Music" or "Playlist". After that, go to "My Music" tab and find the music file, click the cloud icon with a downward arrow to save the song for offline playing.

Step 2Add Apple Music Offline M4P to TunesKit

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Launch TunesKit Apple Music Converter and click " + " button to locate and import the downloaded Apple Music tracks or playlists to the program.

Step 3Adjust Output Settings

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Click the Format option on the bottom left where you will be asked to choose the output format, including MP3, FLAC, WAV, M4A, M4B, AAC. You can also set parameters like codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate, etc.

Step 4Start to Convert Apple Music M4P

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After completing the above steps, the final one is clicking the "Convert" button and it will start to remove DRM from Apple Music. Wait a minute, and you'll be able to play these converted Apple Music songs on Windows Media Player, QuickTime or VLC without using iTunes. What's more, even if you cancel the Apple Music subscription, you can access to those songs at anytime you want.

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