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How to Convert Apple Music to DRM-free Format Like MP3

Updated on: April 28, 2024
Category: Apple Music Tips

When it comes to growth rate, the undisputed king of on-demand streaming music is Apple Music. Apple Music, known for its high-level exclusive releases and full integration into Apple’s popular iOS ecosystem, has shown impressive growth in listenership since its inception. Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple Music now has more than 88 million users. These numbers are quite impressive, especially considering the service only launched three years ago. As the subscribers grow, so does the size of its music library. Now, Apple Music allows users to access around 100 million tracks instantly, for a set monthly fee. And music can be downloaded onto their computer, iOS devices and Android devices for offline listening, as well as streamed from the cloud.

However, same with Spotify, Apple also inserts DRM protection to all its music to protect copyrighted works from being copyed and shared without authorization, allowing only selected devices to play the content. Moreover, all Apple Music streams will become inoperable once the subscription is canceled. In other words, you don't really own the music even though you already paid monthly. So now comes the question, how to make the Apple Music songs really yours? Or is there any way to convert Apple Music songs to DRM-free format like MP3?

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Tool Required: NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter

Absolutely! To record Apple Music playlist and convert to DRM-free format like MP3, here we strongly recommend NoteBurner Apple Music Converter. This smart DRM Apple Music Removal tool is designed to record Apple Music and convert the music tracks from DRM-ed M4P to common MP3, FLAC, AAC, AIFF, WAV, or ALAC audio formats. By striping DRM from Apple Music songs with NoteBurner Apple Music Converter, Apple Music users can freely transfer the unprotected Apple Music songs to any device to enjoy, including iPod or other MP3 player.

Features of NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter:
  • Record iTunes music, podcasts, audiobooks, Apple Music;
  • Convert Apple Music files to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC;
  • Convert iTunes audio at 10X faster speed with lossless quality;
  • Keep ID3 Tags & lyric after conversion;
  • 1-click to burn Apple Music to CD, edit ID3 tags, etc;
  • Easy-to-use with an intuitive and streamlined user interface.
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Tutorial: How to Convert Apple Musisc to DRM-free MP3 Format

The following is the detailed tutorial to guide you to convert Apple Music to DRM-free MP3 format. Please download NoteBurner Apple Music Converter first before getting started.

For macOS users, please refer to How to Download iTunes Music to MP3 on Mac

1 Download and Launch NoteBurner Apple Music Converter

Download and install NoteBurner Apple Music Converter. After it, please launch the software and choose "iTunes App" as the download mode.

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2 Add Apple Music Songs

Click the button "+ Add" to add music, it will pop up a window, which will show you all of the songs you have downloaded from iTunes. You can choose any song you want to convert.

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3 Choose Output Format

After the successful adding, please click the button "Settings" to choose the output format as you need, in the pop-up window, you can set output path, output quality, and output format including WAV, AAC, MP3, AIFF, FLAC, and ALAC.


4 Record Apple Music

After completing the above steps, the final one is clicking the button "Convert". Just a few second, it will succeed. After converting, you can click the Converted button to find the converted music.


Now all of the songs from iTunes or Apple Music are free from DRM, you can use transfer these DRM-free Apple Music song to any of your devices for enjoying and keep them playable even if you cancel the Apple Music subscription.

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