How to remove DRM from Apple Music

With Apple Music, you can access millions of songs, curated radio and playlists, video content, and music recommendations, all in the Apple Music app. You can also access all of your content across other devices, as long as you're signed in to Apple Music with the same Apple ID.

Apple Music is avialable on Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android Phone, Apple Watch (Update from a paired iPhone.3), CarPlay, Apple TV (4th generation or later) and Sonos.

Platforms : macOS; iOS; tvOS; watchOS; Windows; Android

What are the Apple Music DRM restrictions?

All music from Apple Music has digital rights management on it. Apple Music DRM restricts how you can use the downloaded songs. Even though you have downloaded them to your computer or phones, you can't play them with other music players or transfer them to other devices. The downloaded songs will disappear after you cancel the Apple Music subscription .

Apple Music subscribers can choose to download any songs from the world’s largest music catalog directly on to Apple Music available devices. However, tracks and playlists you download from the Apple Music catalog are DRM-protected, which means you can only play them on Apple ID authorized devices. You can’t play them to MP3 player such as iPod shuffle, iPod nano, Android tablet, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, TV, Roku, etc.

Songs downloaded from Apple Music come with .m4p extension and when you try to open it with other music players, you will get:

Apple Music DRM

Apple Music DRM

Is there anyway to remove Apple Music DRM? The answer is Yes.

With Ondesoft Apple Music Converter , the professional Apple Music DRM removal software , you can easily remove DRM from Apple Music and convert Apple Music M4P songs to DRM-free MP3 to play anywhere. The songs are still playable even after you cancel Apple Music subscription . What’s more, you don’t need to download Apple Music songs if the Internet connection is fast, since Apple Music converter records the music while iTunes plays them mutely in the background.

Apple Music Converter Introduction

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  • Download Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A, etc.
  • 100% original quality and ID3 tags.
  • 16x conversion speed
  • Convert iTunes music/audiobooks and Audible audiobooks
  • Output format: MP3, M4A, AC3, AAC, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4R, MKA, WAV

Steps to remove Apple Music DRM on Mac/Windows

This tutorial will show you how to easily remove DRM from Apple Music on Mac/Windows:

1. Download and install

Download and install Apple Music Converter for Mac or Apple Music Converter for Windows .

2. Run Ondesoft iTunes Converter

iTunes will be launched automatically. On the interface, you will see the entire iTunes library is automatically loaded. This is because Apple Music converter can not only remove DRM from Apple Music songs, but also DRM protected songs purchased from iTunes Store before April, 2009 and Audiobooks from iTunes Store or Audible.

Apple Music DRM

3. Select Apple Music songs

If you added Apple Music songs or albums to iTunes library, click Music on the left column and sort all songs by Type. Find songs labeled with Apple Music AAC audio file and check the ones you want to remove DRM from.

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If you add Apple Music playlist to Library, find it on the left column. Click it and check the songs on the main interface.

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4. Configure output settings

Customize output format, bitrate, sample rate, output folder and name format. Metadata including Title, Artist, Album, Genre and Artwork will be preserved to output MP3/M4A songs. Apple Music Converter removes Apple Music DRM at 16X speed, so you will get DRM free Apple Music songs soon.

output format

For each output format, Apple Music to MP3 converter provides 3 profile settings: High, Normal and Low with different Bitrate, SampleRate and channels. You can also customize the value as you like.

Output file name can contain Title, Artist, Album, TrackID and DiskID. Click Options on the menu bar to open Preferences and customize output file name format if you like.

file name format

5. Start to convert

Click Convert button to start removing DRM from Apple Music songs.

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Apple Music Converter

Apple Music Converter
Convert Apple Music, iTunes music, audiobooks, Audible audiobooks to MP3, M4A, etc.

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