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Is It Legal to Remove DRM from Apple Music?

By Vicky Lewis

Updated on November 17, 2018

Apple Music has changed the way that we discover and listen to music forever. But some Apple Music fans may find it irritating, that they are not allowed to sync Apple Music songs to iPod shuffle or MP3 player due to DRM protection:

"When I put the downloaded M4P Apple Music to an MP3 player, I was told that the songs are DRM-protected and I cannot transfer or use the M4P songs on my MP3 player. Is it possible to remove DRM from Apple Music? Is it legal to do that?"

That's exactly what I would like to talk about in this tutorial. And, of course, it is possible to remove DRM from Apple Music because there are powerful tools like TuneFab Apple Music Converter that can unlock Apple's FairPlay DRM technology safely and professionally.

Is It Legal to Remove DRM from Apple Music?

If you are an Apple Music subscriber, then technically speaking, you own the music you buy, and you can keep it forever. So, it's totally understandable and legal for you to play the music on any device you own or use the music for personal usage. And I do not encourage the behavior of stealing music and using the songs in a commercial way. We should respect the artists and avoid infringement of copyright. So, if you want to remove DRM from Apple Music files, make sure that you are just using the music for personal and private usage.

Best Way to Remove DRM from Apple Music M4P Song

TuneFab Apple Music Converter is the most professional Apple Music DRM Removal for removing DRM protection and convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, AAC, AC3, FLAC, etc. It is a tool that allows you to keep downloaded Apple Music songs forever even after canceling the subscription service. You can put the music to your portable device or media player and listen to the music wherever you go. Most importantly, if you have DRM-ed songs purchased from iTunes, you can use this program to unprotect iTunes songs too. It's a great tool for removing DRM from iTunes music and Apple Music.

Step 1. Launch TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Click on the "Try It Free" button download TuneFab Apple Music Converter onto your PC/Mac. When you successfully install the software, launch it by double clicking on the software icon. After that, you will see iTunes launch automatically along with TuneFab program. You will see all your iTunes playlists display in TuneFab Apple Music Converter, including Music, Audiobooks, Music Videos, etc.

Step 2. Select Apple Music and Output Settings

You can go to "Music" playlist to select Apple Music songs one by one by clicking the checkbox next to the music. After that, you can select the output format as MP3 in the "Output Settings" section. It allows you to save the converted songs to any local folder on your PC.

Note: Also, you can rename or sort the output DRM-free Apple Music songs by selecting the title, album, artist of the songs.

Select Apple Music Files and Output Format

Step 3. Set Conversion Speed (Optional)

You can choose the conversion speed from 1X to 16 X. Simply go to "Option" and you will see the option for you to adjust conversion speed. This option can save much of your time.

Step 4. Remove DRM from Apple Music Within Minutes

After you've done all the settings above, click on "Convert" to start removing DRM from Apple Music songs. You will get the DRM-free songs in just a few minutes. You can now sync the music to iPod or transfer them to MP3 player freely. 

Remove DRM from Apple Music

5 Things You Need to Know About Apple Music and DRM

#1. What Does DRM Protected Mean?

DRM, short for Digital Right Management, is a technology used to protect copyrighted works sold through online digital media stores like iTunes, Amazon, etc. The DRM technology that Apple used to protect Apple Music, iTunes audiobooks and iTunes purchased videos is called FairPlay. To play the FairPlay-protected files, all the devices must be authorized by Apple's servers. If you want to enjoy the music with more freedom, you can always use a tool to unlock  Apple FairPlay DRM and convert Apple Music songs to unprotected MP3.

#2. How to Play DRM Protected Apple Music?

If you have already subscribed to Apple Music, then you can access millions of songs on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android phone, Mac or PC, as long as you've signed in to Apple Music with the authorized Apple ID. However, Apple Music is not compatible with iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod touch 4. If you want to put the Apple Music to old iPod, you might need to remove DRM protection from M4P songs first.

#3. Can I Download Apple Music Songs to Listen to Offline?

Yes, you can download Apple Music songs to your authorized devices for offline playback. However, authorized device like MP3 player or media player like VLC are not able to play downloaded Apple Music M4P files due to the DRM restriction.

#4. Can I Keep Apple Music Songs Playable after Unsubscribing?

All the songs downloaded from Apple Music will be disappear once you stop subscribing to the service because of the DRM limitation. It's better for you to use tool like TuneFab Apple Music Converter to remove DRM and save the songs as common audio files. By doing so, you can burn the songs to CD and listen to them even after unsubscribing the service.

#5. How to Get DRM-free Version of Apple Music from iCloud Music Library

No. All Apple Music downloaded from iCloud are still DRM protected. If you want to get DRM-free version of Apple Music from Apple, you might need to purchase the songs or albums from iTunes Store. Then you can own a DRM-free version of a track.

We've got pretty good reasons why you should remove DRM from Apple Music, and it’s worth exploring the ways to enjoy music with more freedom and fun. Hope this guide will be helpful to you!

Video Tutorial - Remove Apple Music DRM with TuneFab

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