Apple Music is the music streaming service developed by Apple Inc in 2015. It has the largest music catalog which offers up to 60 million songs. To pay a flat fee - $9.99 per month, you can have full access to all the songs and albums and play them directly from devices that are linked to your Apple Music account.
On newly-launched Apple products, Apple Music is a preinstalled app. However, your computer or mobile devices should not be the only option for listening to music, right? There are situations where you might want to put Apple Music tracks on devices that primarily play music, such as Sony Walkman, SanDisk Clip Jam, and other MP3 players that offer compelling features. And obviously, these media players are not on the list of Apple's authorized devices. Thus, you're not able to play apple music on these devices directly.
So here comes a question: how can you make Apple Music playable on unauthorized media players? You may also wonder if it is possible to reach the full potential of your music devices and make the best use of your Apple Music subscription?
The easiest workaround is to convert Apple Music to MP3.
TuneFab Apple Music Converter is an amazing program that I use, love, and highly recommend with confidence for your use. Hopefully, it'll help you as much as it helped me for Apple Music to MP3 conversion.
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Part 1. What Format is Apple Music?
When you download songs from Apple Music, you will get audio files with the .m4p file extension name which are locked by Apple's FairPlay DRM. By default, AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) is the encoding format of M4P files which makes Apple Music users can only play music on specific devices.
(Apple Music is preinstalled on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and all macOS devices, and that for Android is available on Android 4.3 or later.)
Honestly, the popularity of AAC format is much lower than MP3 at present, except for Apple devices, most music players on the market still fail to support direct playback of AAC files. According to Apple, this format has the same sound quality as MP3, and files encoded in AAC format are slightly smaller than MP3. These are the reasons why you need to convert Apple Music M4P to MP3.
Part 2. Overview of the Best Apple Music to MP3 Converter
Due to the DRM protection, it is significantly difficult for an ordinary audio converter to convert protected Apple Music tracks. Therefore, it is best to use a dedicated Apple Music to MP3 converter that is packed with features like copy protection removal as well as protected audio conversion.
TuneFab Apple Music Converter is a professional tool that can help you easily download and convert Apple Music to MP3 for listening on an MP3 player. It is able to handle Apple Music DRM removal and convert between formats. Now let's take a look at your best option.
TuneFab Apple Music Converter
Windows: Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 (64 bit)
Mac: macOS 10.12 or later
|Supported Language||English, French, Japanese, German, Traditional Chinese|
1-Month Subscription (1/PC), $14.95
1-Year Subscription (1/PC), $49.95
Lifetime License (1/PC), $79.95
Free Trial Version
30 days free trial (with usage limits)
Embed with Apple Music web player
Convert Apple Music to other formats
Preserve the original quality after conversion
Keep ID3 Tags, metadata info & audiobook chapter
5X or higher conversion speed available
|Output Formats||MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC|
Besides the functions mentioned above, TuneFab Apple Music Converter aims at providing the fastest, easiest, and most convenient user experience. It has a very intuitive user interface and customizable output options.
Convenient: TuneFab Apple Music Converter has integrated the Apple Music web player, in order to enable users to directly search for Apple Music albums to process the music download without syncing with iTunes anymore.
Fast: It can convert multiple songs, playlists, and albums at the same time at 5X speed saving you from the frustrating and time-consuming conversion process. (It can reach even faster speed when your network condition is stable)
High-quality: You don't need to worry about music quality at all because this converter provides you with various quality options. Simply set the bitrate as 320 Kbps and sample rate as 48,000 kHz, and click on the Convert button, all downloaded Apple Music songs will be converted to the format you like with the original sound quality preserved.
Let's cut it short and check out how to convert Apple Music files to MP3 in 5 steps.
Part 3. How to Convert Apple Music to MP3 in 4 Easy Steps [100% Working]
Even though Apple Music are using AAC files instead of MP3. When it comes to enjoying the songs you purchased from Apple Music web player, you still need to convert them to MP3 or other supported formats. Here's how to use TuneFab Apple Music Converter to convert songs from Apple Music to MP3.
Step 1. Run TuneFab Apple Music Converter
Download, install and launch TuneFab Apple Music Converter on your Windows PC or Mac. When you launch the program, click on the "Open the Apple Web Player" on the welcome page
Step 2. Log in Apple Music Web Player
Click on the Sign in button and log in the Apple Music web player with your Apple ID to access the full music library as well as the download service.
TuneFab Apple Music web player avails free users to download Apple Music to MP3 and other formats without subscribing to Apple Music premium plans.
Step 3. Drag Apple Music Album to Download
After sign in the web player, you can browse the Apple Music library to access any album to download for streaming offline. Only by dragging the albums to the "Convert" button, all the songs contained will be added for getting ready to process the conversion.
Step 4. Customize Output Format and Parameters
On the conversion window, you can select an output format such as MP3 from the "Convert all files to" menu to download the Apple Music tracks.
To further customize other parameters such as the Sample Rate or Bitrate, you should go to "Preferences" to adjust the figures under the "Advanced" tab.
In my test on Windows PC, I set the conversion speed as 10X, and guess what, it takes less than 10 minutes to convert a 45-minute album while maintaining the original music quality. TuneFab Apple Music Converter is extremely easy to operate, and it works like charm. But if you are running the program on macOS 10.13 or above, you can only choose the 5X conversion rate.
Step 5. Convert Apple Music to MP3
In the final step, click on the "Convert All" button to start converting all Apple Music to MP3. TuneFab Apple Music Converter will complete the conversion for you with quick speed in a while.
Part 4. How to Convert Song Files to MP3 with the Apple Music App or iTunes
Compared with songs from Apple Music, songs you purchased from iTunes or the Music App on Mac are not DRM-protected. They are also encoded in AAC format but with .m4a file extension. Conveniently, these purchased iTunes music can be directly converted to MP3 with iTunes and the native Apple Music App on Mac. After creating an MP3 copy of your favorite music, you can better manage and play them on your music device.
Note: Not necessarily all iTunes purchased music after 2009 is DRM-Free. Therefore, you may still have to check if it is attached with DRM protection and unprotect iTunes songs.
Convert Songs with the Apple Music on Mac
Normally, the iTunes app is installed on Mac computers so you don't need to download other software for MP3 copies. The steps below will help you do that.
STEP 1. Adjust Import Settings.
Open the Apple Music app. Select Music > Preferences from the menu bar. And then, click the Files tab and click Import Settings.
STEP 2. Change encoding settings.
Click the menu next to Import Using, and choose MP3 Encoder and select an output quality from the setting drop-down menu. Don't forget to click OK to confirm.
STEP 3. Convert songs to MP3 with Apple Music App.
Select songs in your library that you want to convert. On your keyboard, hold down the Option key, and choose File > Convert > Create MP3 Version. And then the converted songs will appear in your library next to the original song files as MP3 files.
Tip: To convert songs from a folder or on a disk, just select the folder or disk after you select File > Convert > Convert to [MP3].
Convert Songs with iTunes on Windows PC
iTunes on Windows PC can also convert your purchased DRM-free songs to MP3 with the MP3 encoder. Now follow the steps below to convert your songs.
STEP 1. Get your songs ready on iTunes.
Import your purchased songs to iTunes library.
STEP 2. Convert songs to MP3 with iTunes.
On your keyboard, hold down the Ctrl key, and choose songs. Then File > Convert > Create MP3 Version. And select songs in your library or the folder or disk that contains songs you want to import and convert. Not long after, the converted songs and the original song files will be shown in your library.
Note: If you see Create AAC Version instead of Create MP3 Version, you should change your import setting first. Go to Edit > Preferences... > General > Import Settings... > Import Using and choose MP3 Encoder from the drop download list.
Part 5. Summary
After converting Apple Music to MP3 songs, you can import the converted MP3 files back to your iTunes music library or copy them to other non-iOS gadgets or computers without having to be authorized with your Apple ID. The best part is, once you have tried this multi-functional iTunes converter, even if you cancel your Apple Music subscription, you can still be able to keep Apple Music forever without paying a penny.
Last but not least, don't you be puzzled by the name of TuneFab Apple Music Converter. It not only supports converting Apple Music to MP3 and many other playable formats but also supports converting M4B Audiobooks to MP3, which is a fantastic choice to put audiobooks on your car. Apart from that, it can also extract audio from iTunes M4V videos, and save audio files like MP3, M4A, AC3, FLAC, or other formats. All in all, this versatile and powerful converter is definitely worth a try!