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Best Ways to Listen to Apple Music on PC/Mac without iTunes

By Tony Moton

Updated on December 23, 2018

Currently iTunes is the only option for us to access Apple Music on computer, but is it possible to play Apple Music with other media players on PC? The answer is positive. This in-depth guide will show you multiple alternative ways to listen to Apple Music on PC without using iTunes. Roll down to see more.


Part 1. Listen to Apple Music on PC without iTunes

To remove Apple FairPlay DRM protection, you can try TuneFab Apple Music Converter. It is a multifunctional Apple Music Downloader which enables you to strip DRM from Apple Music M4P files and save them as plain MP3/FLAC/AC3 files. Once the DRM is removed, you can get access to Apple Music songs on your PC/Mac without iTunes. You can import the DRM-free M4P songs to any any media player you like, such as VLC Media Player, Windows Media Player or QuickTime Media Player. Aside from converting Apple Music, this software can also remove DRM from iTunes/Audible audiobooks.

TuneFab Apple Music Converter - Remove DRM and Convert M4P to MP3

• Remove DRM from Apple Music and iTunes songs

• Convert Apple Music to MP3, AC3, FLAC, etc.

• 16X faster conversion speed but keeping the original quality

• Make Apple Music tracks playable on any device

Step 1. Load Apple Music Files

Download, install and launch TuneFab Apple Music Converter on your computer first, and iTunes will be launched automatically to load Apple Music files. Just wait for a moment.

Note: All the Apple Music songs need to be downloaded from iCloud and saved on local hard drive. If there are no songs appear in the main interface, please click on “Refresh” button to load the music manually.

Step 2. Select Apple Music Tracks

Click "Music" or any playlist you like from the left panel. Then, select all the Apple Music tracks you want to convert by clicking at them one by one. Or you can select the entire playlist or album by clicking on the checkbox at the top menu.

Select Apple Music Tracks

Step 3. Choose Output Format

There are 8 output formats for you to choose: MP3, AC3, AIFF, FLAC, M4A, M4R, MKA and AU. Just select the one you need.

Choose Output Format


• MP3 and AC3 are the popular audio format that can be played on most of media devices.

• AIFF and FLAC are a lossless audio format which provides high audio quality.

• M4R is the format for iPhone ringtone. If you want to make a ringtone from Apple Music, you can choose it.

Step 4. Adjust Settings (Optional)

By clicking "Options", you can adjust the conversion speed. Better yet, you can rename or sort your music files by title, album, artiste, etc. If you want to keep the metadata tags like album, artist, cover art, etc, please make sure that the "Metadata tags (Only works with M4A, MP3 files)" option is selected.

Adjust Settings

Step 5. Remove DRM from Apple Music

When you are all set, click on "Convert" button to strip DRM from Apple Music and convert them to DRM-free MP3. After that, you can listen to Apple Music with any device or media player you want. You don’t need to use iTunes to play Apple Music any longer.

Convert Apple Music

Step 6. Listen to Apple Music on PC/Mac without iTunes

Now you can transfer the DRM-free Apple Music songs to other device for listening, such as iPod shuffle, iPod nano or iPod classic. Or you can import the songs into Spotify or other media players for offline playback. Now, if you are interested in more solutions on playing Apple Music without iTunes, then keep reading Part 3 and Part 4.

Part 2. Stream Apple music Through A Browser Without iTunes

If you are looking for the Apple Music’s web player for listening to Apple Music in your web browser, you can try Go to the website and log in with your Apple ID, then you will be directed to a home screen that features the latest Apple Music songs, playlist and albums. The site is Apple Music’s embeddable web player and you can now play the complete songs with it as long as you sing in to your account. And you can add albums and playlists to your library if you like.

Part 3. Listen to Apple Music on Device without iTunes

After you have converted Apple Music from  M4P to plain MP3, you can save the DRM-free songs to whatever device you like. You can back up the songs to cloud or you can transfer them to your portable devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod or Apple Watch for listening on the go. For those who have troubles on syncing music to old iPhone or other iOS devices, you can give TuneFab WeTrans a shot.

TuneFab WeTrans is a great music manager and music transfer which can help you transfer music from computer to iPhone without iTunes. Also, it can edit ID3 tags such as artist, title, album, etc. It will let you make iPhone ringtone from your local music as well.

Now let's see how to transfer Apple Music from PC to iPhone without iTunes

#1. Launch TuneFab WeTrans and then connect your iPhone to PC with the USB cable.

TuneFab WeTrans Main Interface

#2. To transfer music from PC to iPhone, please go to "Music" category from the main interface. From there, you can see all the music folders stored in your iPhone. You can select a folder or create a new folder directly with the program.

#3. After choose a folder, you can now click on "+" button to import music from PC to your iPhone. Just select the songs you want and click on "OK", then all the selected songs will be added into your iPhone.

Add Music Playlist

That' it. You are all set. You can now disconnect your iPhone and PC and then listen the music.

That's it. When the DRM protection has been removed by TuneFab Apple Music Converter, you can listen to Apple Music on PC/Mac without iTunes. Alternatively, you can play DRM-free Apple Music on your computer with any media player or music player. Also, you can transfer the Apple Music to other devices that don't support installing Apple Music app, such as MP3 player, PS4, PS3, PSP, Xbox, Roku, Chromecast, etc.

Note: Apple Music is formatted as M4P, which is DRM protected. Only Apple authorized devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch 5th/6th or iTunes on PC/Mac are able to play the Apple Music songs. Besides, you are not allowed to share or transfer Apple Music to other devices for playback as long as they are DRM protected.

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