How to Record Apple Music as MP3

Posted by Adam Gorden on March 05, 2018 04:13:21 PM.

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Q: Is there any solution to record and convert Apple Music to MP3? I have tried Apple Music streaming service with a 3-month free trial, but I discovered that audio files downloaded from this music streaming service are not permitted to play on MP3 players, such as Sony Walkman, and Creative Zen, but on Apple selected devices and audio players. So before I subscribe Apple Music, I would like to wonder whether anyone knows some powerful Apple Music to MP3 recorders or converters to make Apple Music playable on MP3 player. As a result, I can play Apple Music on MP3 compatible devices for offline listening when taking a boring commute or a long walk home.

Brief Introduction of Apple Music M4P Files

Apple Music is a music streaming service, with which users can access to 45million songs and listen to favorite ad-free music on devices, online or off with the paid subscription. New subscribers can get a three-month free trial period to access all entire Apple Music Library. There are two plans for your choice: Individual plan is charge for $9.99 per month while the family plan is $14.99 a month.

As the successor to MP3, M4P is a file extension for protected audio files encoded with advanced audio codec (AAC). Music files downloaded from Apple Music are encoded in M4P format with built-in FairPlay DRM technology. Apple Music DRM streams are limited to be compatible with iOS system and Mac OS, which means that you are not able to play streaming catalog downloaded from Apple Music, burn in to disk, etc. If you would like to free your Apple Music, there are two ways for your reference, respectively recording Apple Music streams to MP3 with TunesKit Audio Capture and converting Apple Music to MP3 with TuensKit DRM Audio Converter.

Solution 1. Best Software to Record Apple Music to MP3 by Yourself

Common streaming audio recorders can't work to record streams downloading from Apple Music due to FairPlay DRM technology. So here I recommend you to have a try of TunesKit Audio Capture. It is an excellent streaming music recording software to record Apple Music, Spotify streaming music, YouTube videos, Dailymotion videos to MP3, AAC, and so on. Also you can customize recorded Apple Music by cutting and splitting unwanted audio files and merging segments into a new music file with one click.

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Simple Guide: How to Record Streaming Audio from Apple Music

Please download and install TunesKit Audio Capture to your computer firstly. And then you can follow the detailed tutorial to record Apple Music to MP3 losslessly with the help of TunesKit streaming music capture.

Step 1Launch TunesKit Audio Capture and define basic settings

set output format

Once you have opened TuensKit music recording program, there is a list of downloaded and installed programs on your computer, like iTunes store, Apple Music app, Google Chrome, and more. Now, you need to check out whether your favorite program is in the line of your list. If not, you can click "+" button to add directly. The other thing you should do is to choose MP3 as the output format.

Step 2Start playing and recording Apple Music

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Please open Apple Music app or web browser to enter to Apple Music website. In order to begin the recording process, you just need to play any streaming file form Apple Music, and TuensKit will automatically capture and grab playing Apple Music. This smart audio recording tool can support multi-track audio capturing technology, so you can record lots of Apple Music files at the same time.

Step 3Cut and split unwanted audio segments

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If you would like to make your exclusive Apple Music songs, please click the Edit icon at each grabbed Apple Music, and a new window will pop up, where you can see a media cutting interface. Now, you should set the start time and end time according to your needs.

Step 4Stop and save recorded Apple Music

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You are able to stop the converting process by quitting the whole web browser or Apple Music app or stopping the playing Apple Music. And you will see the obvious change that the Cancel button will switch to Save button. All added Apple Music M4P have recorded to MP3 files successfully and you can locate them on "history" folder.

Solution 2. How to Remove DRM from Apple Music to MP3

Generally speaking, it's not an easy task to remove DRM restriction from Apple Music streaming files. So how to convert DRM protected Apple Music to MP3 losslessly and legally? You can turn up to a professional third-party Apple Music DRM removal tool, called TunesKit DRM Audio Converter. Thanks to advanced DRM decryption technology, you can use this smart Apple Music converter to bypass DRM copyright protection from not only Apple Music M4P, but only iTunes M4P songs and M4A, M4A audiobooks, as well as Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to commonly used MP3, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B, AAC, and more. Now you can refer to the following detailed guide to convert Apple Music M4P to MP3 using TunesKit DRM Audio Converter.

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Step 1Import DRM-ed Apple Music streams

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Please click the second button at the top center of the main interface of TunesKit Audio Converter, Apple Music library will show up at a new window and you can select favorite Apple Music streaming songs. Also you can add protected M4P audio files to TunesKit Audio Converter via dragging&dropping action.

Step 2Define MP3 as the output format

set output format as mp3

Touch Format button to set MP3 as the output format. In order to save converted DRM-free Apple Music files, you can choose destination folder as you like. Also AAC, M4A, FLAC and WAV are available to choose as output format.

Step 3Convert Apple Music to MP3 smoothly

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Please tap the Convert button at the bottom left of main screen. The conversion time depends on how many Apple Music you have imported. After that, you are able to transfer non-DRM Apple Music to MP3 player and other devices if you like.


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