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YouTube Music is a popular music-streaming app developed by YouTube, where users can enjoy millions of music resources based on their tastes. Playing YouTube Music in a place with a poor internet connection is really a bad listening experience. The best solution, in this case, is probably to download songs from playlist and listen to them offline.

This article will show you the 2 best ways to download playlists from YouTube Music. You can try to download YouTube Music playlists via the YouTube app or download them to MP3 via convenient third-party program based on your needs. Please continue reading.


Can I Download Playlist on YouTube Music Directly?

If you're a YouTube Music free user, you are not able to download YouTube Music playlists directly on your mobile devices, as YouTube only allows its Premium users to get access to the offline feature.

You may should know that YouTube and YouTube Music are two separate apps. In 2020, YouTube has updated its subscription mechanism to offer separate subscriptions for YouTube and YouTube Music. Users can choose YouTube Music Premium to enjoy ad-free music, or purchase a YouTube Premium, an all-in-one subscription, which gives them access to both Premium videos and music.

If you subscribe to YouTube Music Premium, you can enjoy several benefits, such as downloading content for offline playback, listening to millions of ad-free music, switching to the audio-only mode when listening to a music video, playing music to smart speakers like Sonos, and so on. YouTube Music Premium charges $9.99 per month for individuals ($4.99 for students) and $14.99 per month for a family plan.

YouTube Music Playlist Offline Downloads

Normally, there are two ways to download YouTube Music for offline playback: Smart Downloads and manual downloads. Once you turn on the Smart Downloads, YouTube Music will automatically download songs from your previous listening history when you have more than 40 percent battery and connect to the internet.

What's more, you can also limit the number of songs for your smart downloads by tapping your profile photo > Downloads >Settings. Scroll down and you'll see a slider at the bottom of the screen. Drag it and choose the number of songs you want YouTube Music to download on your device.

YouTube Set Number Smart Downloads

With a premium subscription, YouTube Music playlists can be downloaded both on Android and Apple. However, it should be noted that the downloaded music will only be kept and played offline for up to 30 days without connecting to the internet. What's more, when your subscription expires, you'll lose all access to these downloaded tracks.

How to Download YouTube Music Playlist to MP3 via TuneFab YouTube Music Converter?

Therefore, you must keep your YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium subscription valid all the time and connect to the internet at least every 30 days if you want to download and keep YouTube Music playlists. What will you do if you want to listen to downloaded music but only to find that the subscription has expired? Is there any way to keep spotify downloads without premium? Yea. Converting YouTube Music to MP3 and saving it locally is a good option that is worth your try.

TuneFab YouTube Music Converter is a reliable tool that can download YouTube Music to MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, etc. on both Windows and Mac. As mentioned previously, YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium is required if you want to download songs directly from the app. With this YouTube Music downloader, you can easily download YouTube songs and playlists without subscribing or even logging into your YouTube account.

TuneFab YouTube Music Converter offers a 30-day free trial. During this period, users can convert the first 3 minutes of any song without limitation. With a simple drag-and-drop, all songs in the playlists will be quickly added to the conversion list. This batch download feature also saves you a lot of time and effort.

What's more, TuneFab YouTube Music Converter also features:

● High conversion success rate.
● A built-in YouTube Music web player.
● Remove DRM restrictions on YouTube Music.
● 6X faster YouTube Playlist download speed.
● Batch convert playlist with one click.

Here is a tutorial on how to download YouTube Music to MP3 with TuneFab YouTube Music Converter.

Step 1. Download TuneFab YouTube Music Converter

Free download and install the software. Launch it and click "Continue Trial" to enjoy the 30-day free trial.

TuneFab YouTube Music Converter Welcome Page

Step 2. Log into your YouTube Music account (Optional)

On the home page, you can log into your YouTube Music account. Then you can browse and search for playlists you like directly on the built-in webpage.

Log in to YouTube Music Account

Step 3. Add playlist to conversion list

Then, you can click the playlist and the program will automatically recognize all songs. Or you can drag and drop the playlist to the floating "+" icon on the right side of the screen.

Drag YouTube Music to Convert

Step 4. Choose output format

On the conversion page, you can click the arrow icon next to each song to change the output format. Or just click the button on the upper right corner of the screen to change all song formats with one click. If you want to have more settings such as audio and video quality, click the "three lines" icon on the top right corner of the home screen.

General YouTube Music Preference Setting

Step 5. Start downloading YouTube Music playlist to MP3

When all the setups are done, click the "Convert" button at the bottom to start downloading. When the download is complete, go to the "Finished" section and view the output files.

Converting YouTube Music

How to Download YouTube Music Playlist at Once with the YouTube Music App

YouTube Music only works for offline downloads on Android and Apple apps. If you have a Premium account, you can have two ways to download YouTube Music playlist: smart downloads and manual downloads. So, from this part, you'll learn how these two ways work on your mobile devices.

Using Smart Downloads to Download YouTube Music Playlist Automatically

Smart Downloads is a highly useful feature. With it enabled, songs from your previous listening history will be automatically downloaded when you connect to the internet. You can turn it on by following these steps:

Step 1. Open the YouTube Music app on your mobile device. Tap on the profile image in the top-right corner of the screen and choose "Downloads" from the list.

Step 2. Then tap the "Gear" icon on the upper-right corner. On the new page, scroll down and find "Smart downloads". Turn on the button to enable the automatic smart download feature.

Turn on Smart Downloads YouTube Music

Note: You can drag the slider below to set the number of songs that can be downloaded on your device.

Download A Specific YouTube Music Playlist Manually

As Smart Downloads can only automatically download songs in listening history, you can try to download them manually if you want to grab a specific YouTube Music playlist. Here are the download steps.

Step 1. Open YouTube Music and locate the playlist or album you want to download.

Step 2. Tap the "three-dot" icon next to the playlist's name and choose "Download" from the pop-up list.

Tap Download YouTube Music Manual Downloads

FAQs about Downloading YouTube Music Playlist

Can I Download All Music from YouTube Playlist and Add It to My iTunes Playlist?

Similar to most music streaming platforms, songs downloaded from YouTube Music are encrypted with DRM protection. So, you can't transfer or play them on other players. If you want to add a YouTube playlist to iTunes, you can use a third-party YouTube playlist downloader such as TuneFab YouTube Music Converter to convert those songs to an iTunes-supported format such as MP3, AIFF, WAV, MEPG-4, AAC, and Apple Lossless (.m4a).

Then open iTunes app on your computer and choose File > Add File to Library or Add Folder to Library. Locate the folder and click "Open". Or you can directly drag the YouTube Music playlist you've converted to iTunes window.

How to Download Music Playlist on YouTube Site?

Some users may want to download YouTube playlists directly from the YouTube website as they think apps would occupy their phone storage space. Though YouTube site is more convenient to listen to music, it doesn't support the download feature. What's more, YouTube does not provide a desktop app either.

Instead, TuneFab YouTube Music Converter comes with a built-in YouTube web player, with which users can search playlists directly within the app. So, if you want to download playlist on YouTube Music site, you can try TuneFab.


In general, if you have a YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium, you can directly download a YouTube Music playlist on your iPhone or Android devices for offline playback with smart downloads or manual downloads.

But your subscription expires or you cancel the premium, the YouTube Music downloader — TuneFab YouTube Music Converter, is your better option. With it, you can get rid of all download limitations even without logging into your YouTube account and grab YouTube Music songs, playlists, and albums with simple clicks. Downloaded to a commonly-supported format MP3 via TuneFab, YouTube Music songs can be saved locally and kept as long as you like.

So, don't miss this helpful converter if you want to continue listening to YouTube Music when the subscription expires.

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