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

By Tony Moton

June 19, 2018

Last updated on November 01, 2018

Searching the keyword "how to listen to Apple Music without iTunes" in Google, you will get hundreds and thousands of search results advising you how to listen to Apple Music on PC without iTunes. Currently iTunes is the only option for us to access Apple Music on computer, but is there a better choice for us to enjoy Apple Music flexibly? If that is the reason why you are here, then keep reading.

This in-depth guide will show you an alternative way to play DRM-free Apple Music on PC/Android/iOS or any other devices you like, no iTunes installation required. Addictionally, it will tells you extra tips on how to listen to DRM-free Apple Music on Spotify, upload DRM-free M4P songs to Google Play Music, etc. Roll down to see more.


Part 1. Can You Listen to Apple Music on PC without iTunes?

Apple's FairPlay DRM restriction has made iTunes become the only authorized media player for streaming Apple Music on PC. In other words, if you want listen to Apple Music on computer, iTunes installation is required. And unlike Spotify, there is no such thing called Apple Music web player. So it's impossible for you to play Apple Music through web browser directly. But honestly, iTunes is so cumbersome that many of us don't really like it.

Then how can we get access to Apple Music without iTunes? The key step is to remove DRM protection from Apple Music. In Part 2, we will show you exactly how to unlock DRM and play Apple Music on any device you like offline without connecting to iTunes or Apple ID.

Part 2. Remove DRM and Listen to Apple Music without iTunes on PC

To remove Apple FairPlay DRM protection, you’d better 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.

Launch Apple Music Converter

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 3. Sync DRM-free Apple Music to iPhone 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.

Add Music Playlist

#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.

Sync Apple Music to iPhoen with WeTrans

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

Part 4. Extra Tips: Import Apple Music to Spotify/Google Play Music without iTunes

#1. Import DRM-free Apple Music Songs to iOS, Android or Other Devices

All converted Apple Music songs will be saved as new created files. They are DRM-free and can be easily transferred to various devices like Android phone, Android tablet, iPod, iPad, PSP, Xbox One, etc. You can also listen to the DRM-free Apple Music with any music player you own on your PC/Mac.

#2. Import DRM-free Apple Music Tracks to Spotify

If you are a fan of both Spotify and Apple Music, then it would be great for you to manage and listen to Spotify songs and Apple Music songs all at one place. Spotify is a much better music player compared to iTunes. You can log into Spotify and get access to the music you love at any computer you want, as long as you've connected to Internet and logged in with your Spotify account.

Now you can easily import the DRM-free Apple Music from PC to Spotify for enjoying:

Step 1. Launch Spotify, then go to "..." in the main interface. Click on "Edit" > "Preference" to get into the Settings interface.

Spotify Preference

Step 2. Scroll down and locate "Local Files" and then click on "ADD A SOURCE". If you are Mac user, please click Spotify and then click on "Preferences".

Spotify Preference

Step 3. After clicking at "ADD A SOURCE" button, you will see a pop-up window for choosing and importing the DRM-free Apple Music from the local folder to Spotify. Click on "OK" to add the Apple Music songs into Spotify. After that, you will find the imported songs by clicking on "Local Files" on the left panel.

#3. Upload Apple Music Files to Google Play Music

If you want to sync Apple Music files to other portable devices from computer, you can try uploading the DRM-free Apple Music songs to Google Play.

It's easy to import plain Apple Music files to Google Play by following the steps below:

Step 1. Go to Google Play Music web player.

Step 2. You will see the main interface as below. Click on the menu button on the upper left corner, and then select "Upload Music".

Upload Apple Music to Google Play Music

Step 3. Now you will see the interface as below. Please click on "NEXT" button to continue. After that, you can drag and drop the DRM-free Apple Music files from PC and upload them to Google Play Music.

Choose Output Format

After uploading, you can locate the uploaded DRM-free Apple Music by clicking on "Library" in Google Play Music and then select "Purchased & Upload". To access the uploaded Apple Music file on any other portable devices, you just need to log in Google Play Music on devices with the same Google account.

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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