How to Burn Apple Music to CD Efficiently

By Catrina Jones

Updated on November 04, 2021

Apple Music is such a great service that allows you to listen to music across different devices. However, if you want to put Apple Music songs onto a disc, that's undoubtedly a tough task. No matter you are going to create a mix CD of your favorite Apple Music songs or burn music to a CD to play in car, there's one technical difficulty that you should be aware of – the DRM encryption from Apple.

Apple Music songs cannot be burned directly to CD because they are encrypted by Apple's DRM code. The only workaround is to decrypt Apple Music DRM and convert Apple Music songs to CD compatible format like MP3. After that, you can put Apple Music files on a blank CD and burn them to disc with your CD burner.

This guide will show you how to get unprotected Apple Music songs burnt on a CD on Windows and Mac.


1. All Things You Need to Burn Apple Music to CD

#1 Apple Music Converter

To burn Apple Music song to CD, you have to convert all your favorite songs into MP3 formats or any other formats that supports to burn to a CD. Thus, a powerful Apple Music converter is a necessity.

#2 A CD burner (a recordable CD-R or CD-RW drive)

If there is no built-in CD burner on your computer, you have to buy an external CD burner to burn Apple Music of MP3 formats to CD.

#3 A blank and recordable disc

A storage medium where you can save Apple Music Songs.

#4 CD burning program

iTunes or other free disc burning software on Windows or Mac to burn MP3 songs to CD.

2. (Recommended) Convert Apple Music Tracks to MP3 with TuneFab Apple Music Converter

TuneFab Apple Music Converter is a specially designed converter that can convert Apple Music tracks to up to 10 output formats including MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AC3, AIFF, and more. After conversion, all songs from Apple Music are no longer encrypted so that you can use them freely, including burning Apple Music to CD.

TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Here are more features:

#1 Support 1X and 5X conversion speed on Mac. (New Feature)

#2 Support up to 10X conversion speed on Windows.

#3 Preserve full ID3 tags and meta information

#4 Batch conversion allows you to unlock entire albums in just minutes

It takes 4 steps to unprotect Apple Music songs:

Step 1: Download, install and run the program on your PC or Mac. Please note that iTunes will be opened at the same time so that all your iTunes playlist will be detected automatically and quickly. Don't quit it!

Step 2: Click the playlist in left side and then choose those songs you want to burn to CD. You can choose a whole playlist too.

Choose Apple Music Songs on Mac

Step 3: Choose MP3 format, and adjust the bit rate, sample rate, etc. of the songs. To keep the original quality, you can set bitrate as 256 Kbps and sample rate as 44,100 kHz.

Output Settings and Metadata

Step 4: Click "Convert" to start conversion. After conversion, you can get the MP3 versions of your Apple Music songs.

Converting Apple Music to MP3 on Mac

When your Apple Music songs are ready to be burned to disc, you can choose iTunes or other CD burner to start burning a CD.

Converted Songs

3. Burn Apple Music Songs to a CD from 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.

Here's how to burn a CD with iTunes:

Step 1. Open iTunes, create a new playlist (click on File > New > Playlist), name it and then drag these converted Apple Music songs to this playlist.

Save Converted Apple Music to New Playlist

Step 2. Insert a blank CD disc, waiting until the disc is recognized.

Step 3. Select the playlist and choose File > Burn Playlist to Disc.

Burn Apple Music to Disc

Step 4. Select a disc format and click "Burn". Then iTunes will start burning a CD from Apple Music songs.

Burning Apple Music to MP3 Disc

Tips: Be sure to select "Audio CD" or "MP3 CD" rather than "Data CD" because these disc format are playable on ordinary CD players.

4. Other Ways to Burn Apple Music to CD on Windows or Mac

Without using iTunes, here's how to create an audio disc with a free CD burning programs on Windows or Mac. Please choose the right tool based on your current operating system.

Windows users: Download mgBurn

Mac user: Download Burn

On Windows:

1. Run ImgBurn and select "Write files/folder to disc" from the main interface.


2. Click "Browse for a folder" icon 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.

Add Folder to ImgBurn

3. Hit the Folder-to-Disc button to start creating your own CD. You will see a pop-up windows and click "Yes" to continue.

Confirm Folder

Wait until burning is completed, after that, you can play Apple Music on a CD with your car CD player.

Create Music CD on PC with ImgBurn

On Mac:

1. Run Burn on Mac then you can see the main interface as below.

2. Choose “Audio” and click "+" button to add your music files into the program. Next, select MP3 disc or Audio CD as the CD type from the upper right corner, then click to "Burn" to continue.

Add Folder to Burn

3. Now you will see a pop-up window asking you to select the Speed, choose "Maximum Possible (2X)" and click "Burn" to start burning Apple Music playlists to MP3 disc.

Set Parameter on Burn

After a few minutes, you can successfully add Apple Music tracks to a CD and you can enjoy Apple Music on whatever CD player at ease.

Burn Audio CD on Mac with Burn

That's it! In a nutshell, if you want to burn Apple Music to CD, you have to make sure all things you need are ready: a reliable Apple Music converter, a CD burner, a blank CD and a CD burning program. Among them the Apple Music converter as the most important tool to decrypt the DRM of Apple Music, will decide the quality of burned music to a great extent. Therefore, TuneFab Apple Music Converter must be your first choice for it not only provides up to 10X speed of conversion, but also guarantees to keep your music tracks without quality loss.

Hope this guide will be helpful to you. If you have any question about the CD burning process, feel free to let us know in the comments!

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