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How to Remove DRM from Apple Music

By Catrina Jones

Updated on January 01, 2020

It's no doubt that Apple Music is an affordable way to listen to unlimited music nowadays.

However, for most people, me included, the biggest drawback of Apple Music is that you don't own the music files downloaded from this music streaming service even though you've paid for it.

Different from buying a song from iTunes, you are paying $9.99/month to get a license key to stream Apple Music to your iOS, macOS or tvOS devices through Apple's Http Live Streaming (HLS) technology.

And you should keep in mind that all songs downloaded from Apple Music are encrypted by Apple's DRM code. Once you cancel Apple Music subscription, you will lose that license key and all of your music files. (It doesn't work even if you save them to your computer as local backup, these locked files won't play without a valid subscription.)

If you've been struggling with Apple's DRM encryption and want to free your Apple Music files from it, here's your chance. This guide is about to show you the best tool to remove DRM from Apple Music so that you can enjoy the all music files with freedom, convince and high quality.


Apple Music, DRM and Apple Music DRM Removal

There're various encryption schemes available in the market, such as Apple, Amazon, Adobe, Microsoft, etc. Technically speaking, they are all alike in the way how source files are encoded, encrypted, licensed with media keys and enabled playback. The only difference between these DRM license servers lies in the features they provide.

Apple has adopted FairPlay as the DRM encryption scheme to limit what you can do with your downloaded Apple Music songs for preventing the practice of privacy.

Apple Music and DRM

If you successfully subscribe Apple Music, a valid license key will be tied to your Apple ID. This license key will help connect your Apple ID with the FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) server for completing the authentication process.

When you sign in your licensed Apple ID on your Apple devices, which include iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and your computer running iTunes, your devices are given the ability to decrypt Apple’s DRM protection legally and allowed to play all music files from Apple Music.

If a device is not tied to a valid licensed key, it won't be able to communicate with Apple's DRM server and thus not entitled to decode DRM protection for music playback. That's why you can't open Apple Music files on VLC media player, Plex Media Player, a third-party DJ apps or other non-Apple devices.

Luckily, there're Apple Music DRM removal tools that you can use to bypass Apple's FairPlay streaming technology and use all music without Apple's authorization. With a specialized Apple Music Converter, you can easily unprotect Apple Music tracks by converting Apple Music M4P to common MP3 or AAC audio files.

Apple Music DRM Removal Tool

Is Removing DRM from Apple Music Legal?

In many countries like United States or Japan, DRM removal is strictly prohibited by law. It's completely illegal to remove DRM from Apple Music and make copies of the music files for commercial use.

But out of the purpose of fair use, it's legal for the end user to create backup copy of the purchased music for personal use, such as having it transferred to another device or saving the music backup files to an external hard drive.

From my personal standpoint, I totally support removing DRM from Apple Music for the convenience factor, as long as you have paid your Apple Music subscription. 

Best Apple Music DRM Remover to Unlock Apple Music DRM

TuneFab Apple Music Converter, also known as Apple Music DRM Remover, is able to strip DRM from Apple Music and convert Apple Music files to non-protected MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, FLAC and more.

Why TuneFab Apple Music Convert can disable Apple's  protection? The reason is simple. This audio converter can activate and access your iTunes music library automatically. By clicking at the Convert button on the main interface, iTunes will start playing Apple Music songs in the background. Meanwhile, TuneFab will record the music output internally and save it directly as plain M4A, MP3, WAV, AAC or other audio files with all ID3 tags kept.

This program offers different output quality options, such as low, normal and high. But I will only suggest that you choose 256 Kbps as the output quality instead of 320 Kbps because the original music quality of Apple Music songs is 256 Kbps.

Now keep reading the tutorial which shows you how to unlock Apple Music DRM and save music as high quality MP3.

How to Remove DRM from Apple Music Tracks, Playlist and Album

Step 1. Download and Finish Installation

Click at the Try It Free button to download and install the program to your computer.

Step 2. Add Apple Music Songs to TuneFab

Launch TuneFab Apple Music Converter and select the Apple Music songs or playlists you want to remove DRM by clicking at the checkbox.

Select Apple Music Tracks to Remove DRM

Step 3. Choose DRM-free Music Format

Choose the output format as MP3 from the Output Format settings. There're other DRM-free audio formats available to choose, such as M4A, AAC, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, AU, etc.

If you want to keep the original music quality of Apple Music songs, you can manually adjust the bitrate as 256 Kbps and sample rate as 441,000 Hz.

Choose Output Format

Step 4. Remove Apple Music DRM Losslessly

Click at Convert button to start removing DRM and converting Apple Music songs to unprotected MP3. When the conversion is done, you can find the converted songs in the output folder.

Remove DRM from Apple Music

Tips: If you want to speed up the conversion rate, you can click at the Options button at the menu bar and you will be able to select the speed from 1X to 16X. The conversion speed won't affect the sound quality. But this feature is available to Windows version only.

Set 16X Speed

Now you can open the output folder and listen to the DRM-free Apple Music songs on any device you like, such as MP3 player, Zune player and other non-Apple devices. In this case, you actually own the music you pay for.

Why TuneFab Apple Music Converter Is Recommended?

#1 Multi-functional DRM Remover

Apart from Apple Music, it can also remove DRM protection from iTunes audiobooks and Audible audiobook. But only the purchasers of these audiobook files can use this program to decrypt copyright protection.

#2 Convert Encrypted Music in Various Formats

TuneFab Apple Music Converter can convert Apple Music songs, iTunes protected M4P songs and AAC songs to MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF with excellent output quality.

#3 Download Apple Music with 16X Faster Speed (Windows Features)

You can choose the fastest 16X speed to download a bunch of music files at a time. These downloaded songs are available for offline listening on any device you like, and they are 100% belong to you so that you can keep them forever.


TuneFab Apple Music Converter makes the DRM decoding process as easy as possible. After removing DRM protection, you can enjoy your Apple Music tracks with a maximum of personal freedom. Because the music files don't carry DRM anymore, you can burn them to a CD or put transfer them to a portable player for offline listening.

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