How to Transfer Apple Music to SD Card

By Catrina Jones

Updated on October 31, 2019

Do you like listening to Apple Music offline on your iOS or Android device? If you do, those songs you download from Apple Music must be taking up so much storage space on your phone.

You may be curious, is there a way to free up space on your phone without deleting downloaded track? Is it possible to get more storage on your phone for saving your offline music?

Here's the quick solution: transferring Apple Music songs to SD card.

For Android users, it's as easy as pie because Apple Music for Android let users save downloaded songs onto SD card. As long as you are using Android devices with a microSD card slot, you can put all downloaded tracks to SD card and freeing up space on your device’s internal storage.

If you are using iOS device which doesn't support microSD card, you can only save offline music files using your device’s internal memory.

However, in this guide, I will show you how to save Apple Music to any external SD card using TuneFab Apple Music Converter, which is a tool that lets you download DRM-free songs from Apple Music library directly. After that, you can transfer all downloaded songs to SD card and play music offline in Android devices, tablets, media player or even your car via SD card.


Part 1. Save Apple Music to SD Card (For Android User)

Step 1. Launch Apple Music and tap menu icon in the upper left corner > click on "Settings".

Step 2. Click "Download Location" option below the "Download on Wi-Fi", then click "Yes" on the pop-up window to select SD card from the list you want to save.

Step 3. Accept the prompt when asked if you want to move all of your currently downloaded music, along with any future music to your SD card.

Save Apple Music to SD Card Android

This improvement made on Apple Music on Android can be considered as a breakthrough. It is possible for Android users to enjoy Apple Music on Android offline and save more space from storing songs.

Part 2. Transfer Apple Music from PC to External SD Card (All Users)

However, transferring Apple Music songs to SD card from iPhone is not as simple as an Android phone.

Based on Apple's FairPlay DRM, you are only allowed to play downloaded Apple Music songs with Apple's authorized devices. And these files are accessible only when your Apple Music membership is valid. If you want to play them on non-Apple device via external SD card, you need to remove DRM first and convert Apple Music tracks to MP3.

TuneFab Apple Music Converter is an easy-to-handle program to convert protected Apple Music files to MP3, M4A, AAC ,etc. with original music quality preserved. You can keep all original ID3 tags, such as title, album, artist, album art, and so on. With TuneFab Apple Music Converter Lite, you can easily back up Apple Music files on external SD card, and even if you cancel Apple Music subscription, these files are still playable and accessible.

Here's how to do:

Step 1. Add Apple Music Files to iTunes Library

Add Apple Music files to iTunes library and make sure the songs are playable in iTunes.

Step 2. Run TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Run TuneFab Apple Music Converter on PC. When the main interface shows up, you can select the songs you want to download from "Playlists" panel.

Select Apple Music Songs

Step 3. Choose MP3 as Output Format

Choose MP3 as output format and set personalized output folder for saving the converted file.

Choose MP3 Output Format

Step 4. Start Converting

Click "Convert" to start converting songs to MP3.

Converting Apple Music

When the conversion is done, go to "Finished" > "View Output File" to find all songs in the output destination.

Convert Apple Music to SD Card

Step 5. Take out the SD Card 

Now you take out the SD card and insert it into the SD card reader.

Step 6. Connect the SD Card Reader to the USB Port

Connect the SD card reader to the PC or laptop's USB port. Now select all Apple Music files in the output folder, then copy and paste them to your SD card.


If you want to store Apple Music songs in your external SD card for offline playback, you can choose the either of the above methods depends on what device you use to listen to music.

If you use Android device, then you can directly download Apple Music to SD card. If not, you can convert Apple Music songs to MP3 on computer, and then transfer them from PC to your external SD card.

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