How to Play Apple Music on Any Device without iTunes

Updated by Adam Gorden on Apr 1, 2021 10:52 AM.
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Apple Music, one of the largest online music streaming services in the world, has surpassed 72 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, it’s impossible for subscribers to listen to Apple Music tracks on other media players such as VLC, Windows Media Player, etc. on computers. That's totally inconvenient for people who don't like iTunes. Can we listen to Apple Music without iTunes?

Don't worry. Here we are about to introduce 2 ultimate workarounds for you so that you can play Apple Music songs without iTunes.

Part 1. Play Apple Music without iTunes with the best Apple Music Converter
Part 2. Use Apple Music web player to play Apple Music
Conclusion

Play Apple Music without iTunes on Mac & PC with the best Apple Music Converter

First of all, you should understand that the reason why Apple Music is tied to iTunes is that Apple encrypts Apple Music songs in M4P. 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 play Apple Music without iTunes on your computer, the key point is finding a solution to convert Apple Music songs to common formats. Only when the Apple Music songs are converted for good, can you get full control over Apple Music and play the songs on any device even without iTunes at all.

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 convert 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 convert 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 audio files, such as iTunes songs, iTunes audiobooks, Audible audiobooks, as well as unprotected audio files, you can ask help from TunesKit Audio Converter as well.

Step 1Save Apple Music songs offline

To play Apple Music without iTunes, you need to download them first. 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 the Load iTunes Library 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

convert m4p to mp3

After completing the above steps, the final one is clicking the "Convert" button and it will start to convert 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 those songs at any time you want.

Use Apple Music web player to play Apple Music

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Another method to listen to Apple Music without iTunes is to use the Apple Music web player. Apple Music has launched a web player for users who do not want to use iTunes or Apple Music app. You just need to subscribe to Apple Music for $9.99 per month to stream more than 70 million songs on Apple Music for web. And you can access the songs, albums, playlists you like on iTunes or Apple Music app.

The interface of this Apple Music web player is clear. On the left panel, there are the For You section which suggests songs for you, the Browse section, and the Radio section. On the other hand, there are some missing features on Apple Music for web such as some original music videos and playlists. You can manage your music library, add or delete tracks without the ability to create playlists. And the quality of audio streaming on the Apple Music web player can reach 128kbps, which is lower than the 256kbps on iTunes or Apple Music app.

To use the Apple Music web player to listen to Apple Music without iTunes, you can follow the steps below:

1. Open a browser and go to music.apple.com.

2. Sign in to Apple Music with your Apple ID and password. Make sure you have subscribed to Apple Music.

3. Then you can access the music on Apple Music for web.

Conclusion

If you prefer to use other media players rather than iTunes to play Apple Music songs, just convert Apple Music to MP3 or other common formats. After the conversion, you can play them on any player or device even without the subscription. Or you can use the Apple Music web player to listen to Apple Music without iTunes after subscribing to Apple Music.

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