After burning songs from iTunes to a CD, you may try to do this to Apple Music songs but only to find the “Burn Playlist to CD” option is greyed out. This makes you begin to wonder why this option is not available. Actually, this is because Apple doesn't allow for directly burning Apple Music songs to CDs.
So how to fix this problem? In today's article, we will show you a 100% efficient method: converting Apple Music songs to MP3 and removing Apple Music DRM with TuneFab Apple Music Converter, and burning them to CD through disc-burning apps. And we will also show you how to burn apple music to CD in 5 ways in detail. Keep reading to solve your puzzles and problems.
- Part 1: Can You Burn Apple Music to A CD?
- - Can You Burn Songs from Apple Music with iTunes Directly?
- - If Not, How Can You Burn Apple Music Songs to CD?
- - Apple Music to CD: All Things You Need
- Part 2. Before Burning A CD: Convert Apple Music Tracks to MP3 First
- Part 3. How to Burn A CD from Apple Music in 5 Ways
- - Method 1: Burn Apple Music Playlists to CD with iTunes
- - Method 2: Burn Songs from Apple Music to CD via ImgBurn (Windows)
- - Method 3: Burn CDs from Apple Music with "Burn" (Mac)
- - Method 4: Burn Apple Music Songs to CD via Windows Media Player
- - Method 5: Burn Playlists from Apple Music to CD Through VLC
Part 1: Can You Burn Apple Music to A CD?
You can't directly burn songs from Apple Music to a CD as the app doesn't allow such practice. But, you can resort to other indirect methods and tools to burn Apple Music to a CD.
Can You Burn Songs from Apple Music with iTunes Directly?
Yes. But only songs that you’ve purchased from iTunes Store can be burned to CD directly. Whereas other songs that are rented from iTunes or downloaded from Apple Music can’t.
You may claim that the subscription fee you’ve paid allows you to listen to and download songs. In fact, it only allows you to listen to and download them for offline listening before the subscription ends. But this doesn’t mean you own or can burn them to CD. Besides, Apple Music songs are encrypted with DRM in M4P, which is not acceptable by CD since CD recognizes MP3, WMA, WAV, etc. This makes it impossible to directly burn rented iTunes and Apple Music downloads to CD.
If Not, How Can You Burn Apple Music Songs to CD?
Despite the fact that you can’t directly burn Apple Music songs to CD, there is still a feasible workaround: using TuneFab Apple Music Converter to convert Apple Music M4P songs to MP3 or other CD-compatible formats, and then burning them to CD on a computer. By using this method, Apple Music songs will be recognized by CD and thus can be burned.
Apple Music to CD: All Things You Need
Now that you have learned two major steps to burn a CD from Apple Music, the next is to prepare the tools required to burn Apple Music to CD.
#1 TuneFab Apple Music Converter
Before burning Apple Music songs to CD, TuneFab Apple Music Converter is needed to convert songs you want to burn into MP3 format or any other format that can be recognized by CD.
#2 A CD drive (a recordable CD-R or CD-RW drive)
A CD drive is required to insert and read the blank CD. If your computer has no built-in disc drive, you can buy an external CD burner and attach it to your computer via a USB cable. Alternatively, you can use a desktop computer that has a CD burner.
#3 CD-burning software
Disc-burning applications on Windows or Mac should be downloaded to burn MP3 songs to CDs. In the following part, we will introduce five free disc-burning applications for your selection.
#4 A blank and recordable CD
A storage medium used to save the converted Apple Music Songs.
Part 2. Before Burning A CD: Convert Apple Music Tracks to MP3 First
TuneFab Apple Music Converter is a professional application designed to convert and download Apple Music tracks to common output formats, including MP3, M4A, WAV, and FLAC. After conversion, all songs from Apple Music are no longer encrypted with DRM in an audio format that cannot be recognized by other devices and music streaming apps so that you can play and edit them as you like, including burning them to CD.
TuneFab Apple Music Converter
● Batch conversion feature enables you to convert multiple songs simultaneously.
● Download Apple Music to MP3, M4A, WAV, and FLAC to make sure they can be recognized by CD.
● Guarantee high quality of the converted songs same as the original ones to deliver you an enjoyable listening experience.
● Conversion speed of up to 10 X allows you to download an entire playlist in a few minutes.
● Help you manage converted songs with ease by preserving original ID3 tags and meta information.
The First Step to Burn Apple Music to CD: Convert Apple Music Songs to MP3
Step 1. Get TuneFab Apple Music Converter Ready
Download and install TuneFab Apple Music on your PC or Mac. When completed, run the app on your computer. Next, click Open the Apple Web Player and sign in with your Apple ID.
Step 2. Select Songs to Convert
Click the playlist on the left side and then choose those songs you want to burn to CD. Or you can drag and drop an entire playlist to the red “＋” button.
Step 3. Select Output Format and Quality
In the Preferences window, choose MP3 as the output format, and adjust the bit rate and sample rate as you like for the songs. To keep the original quality, you can set the bitrate to 320 Kbps and the sample rate to 48,000 kHz. Remember to click Save.
Step 4. Convert Apple Music to MP3
Click Convert All to start conversion. After conversion, the MP3 versions of your Apple Music songs will be stored in the destination folder. Click Open Folder in the bottom left corner to access them.
Once your Apple Music songs are converted to MP3, the next step is to burn them to a CD by using CD burners.
Part 3. How to Burn A CD from Apple Music in 5 Ways
After converting Apple Music songs to MP3, the next step is to burn them to CD using disc-burning apps like iTunes, VLC, Burn, Windows Media Player, and ImgBurn. Of these five apps, the first two are workable for both Windows and Mac users, Burn for Mac, and the last two are exclusively for Windows users. Keep reading to find which one works best for you.
Method 1: Burn Apple Music Playlists to CD with iTunes
At first if you haven’t finished converting Apple Music songs into MP3 or other formats compatible with CD, and you just burn iTunes playlist to CD, the burning might fail. And iTunes might remind you that “Some of the files cannot be burned to an audio CD. Do you still want to burn the remainder of this playlist?” Now you get all your favorite Apple Music songs converted to MP3, so there is no need to worry about that.
Step 1. Open iTunes, create a new playlist (click on File > New > Playlist), name it and then drag and drop these converted Apple Music songs to this playlist.
Step 2. Insert a blank CD disc into the disc drive. Then a pop-up window will tell “You’ve inserted a CD or DVD”. Click OK.
Step 3. Right-click the playlist and select File > Burn Playlist to Disc.
Step 4. Choose Audio CD so that you can play this disc on any standard CD player. Then, click Burn. Then iTunes will start burning all the Apple Music songs in the playlist to the CD.
Tips: Be sure to select “Audio CD” or “MP3 CD” rather than “Data CD”. Data CD is selected unless you want to use this CD to store and transfer files.
Method 2: Burn Songs from Apple Music to CD via ImgBurn (Windows)
In addition to using iTunes, there are other professional apps that are helpful when it comes to burning Apple Music to CD on Windows, one of which is ImgBurn which supports lots of audio formats such as AAC, APE, FLAC, M4A, and MP3. Besides CD, you can also burn files to DVD, HD DVD, or Blu-ray on this tool. Moreover, it's totally free to use. Here's how to burn Apple Music to CD with a free CD-burning program on Windows.
Step 1. Download ImgBurn and get it running, and select "Write files/folder to disc" from the main interface.
Step 2. Click Browse for a folder to import a bunch of Apple Music files at a time. You can save all the songs you want to burn onto a disc in the same folder.
Step 3. Hit the Folder-to-Disc button to start creating your own CD. You will see a pop-up window. Click Yes to continue.
Wait until burning is completed. After that, you can play Apple Music on a CD with your car CD player.
Method 3: Burn CDs from Apple Music with Burn (Mac)
Apart from iTunes, Mac users can also use other excellent programs to burn Apple Music to CD. The app Burn is an easy-to-use tool that can help. Supported by macOS 10.9 or higher, it's safe and open source that offers CD-Text and mp3 tag editing features, definitely a decent choice for CD burning.
Step 1. Run Burn on Mac then you can see the main interface as below.
Step 2. Choose Audio and click the "+" button to add your music files to the program. Next, select MP3 disc or Audio CD as the CD type from the upper right corner, then click Burn to continue.
Step 3. Then a window will pop up to ask you to select the Speed where you can choose Maximum Possible (2X) and click Burn to start burning Apple Music playlists to the CD.
After a few minutes, Apple Music tracks will be successfully added to a CD and you can enjoy Apple Music on any CD player at ease.
Method 4: Burn Apple Music Songs to CD via Windows Media Player
If you are one of Windows users who don't bother downloading any app, you can also make full use of Windows Media Player, which is already on your computer.
Step 1. Insert the blank CD. And launch Windows Media Player.
Step 2. Go to the Burn tab. Open the music folder that stores previously converted Apple Music songs, then drag and drop them to the burning list on the right side.
Step 3. Click the “√” icon to open a drop-down list where you can make sure Audio CD is selected.
Step 4. Click Start Burn. Once the burning process is finished, Apple Music songs will be stored in the CD.
Method 5: Burn Playlists from Apple Music to CD Through VLC
Another useful and free tool to burn playlists from Apple Music to CD is VLC. VLC is an open-source multimedia player primarily used to play most multimedia files. But it can also be used to help you burn songs to CD.
Step 1. Insert a blank CD into the disc drive. Download and launch the VLC player on your computer.
Step 2. Click Media in the upper left corner to open a drop-down list where you choose Convert/Save.
Step 3. An “Open Media” window will appear. Click the Disk tab at the top. Check the Audio CD box. Click Browse to select the CD drive. Click Convert/Save.
Step 4. Then, the Convert screen will appear. Click the tool icon to choose MP3 as the desired format and click Save.
Step 5. Click the Browse button to add the folder that stores your converted Apple Music songs. The final step is to hit the Start button to start burning Apple Music songs into a CD.
To burn your favorite songs from Apple Music to CD, the only way is to convert them to MP3 using a music converter and burn the converted copies to a blank CD on a CD-burning app. Before the burning process, TuneFab Apple Music Converter is necessary to convert Apple Music songs from M4P to MP3 and remove their DRM so that you can easily burn them onto CD and enjoy and share them.