Apple Music Drm Removal - 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's Music App 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. The Music app allows you to access tracks you owned, tracks you've previously purchased from the iTunes Store and tracks from Apple Music streaming service. However, when you want to use Music songs with third-party software, such as DJ apps, you may find songs from Apple Muisic catalog can't be accessed. This is because songs from Apple Music streaming service are DRM protected.

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

How to check which songs are DRM-protected?

All songs in Apple Music catalog are DRM-protected. Songs you purchased from iTunes Store before 2009 are also DRM-protected.

1. Open iTunes or Music and navigate to your Music Library.

  • In iTunes, click Songs under the Library section on the left when you're on the Library tab.
  • In Music, select Songs under the Library heading in the left pane.

2. Right click below red area and Enable Kind.

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3. Click Kind to sort songs. All songs marked as Apple Music AAC audio file are DRM protected.

Apple Music kind

The Most Common File Types in iTunes and Music

DRM-free formats:

  • AAC audio file: a standard AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) file comes from converting an MP3 or ripping a song from a CD using iTunes' built-in AAC encoder. AAC is the successor to MP3.
  • Matched AAC audio file: a standard AAC audio file, except that your computer or iOS device downloaded it from your iCloud account using iTunes Match.
  • MPEG audio file: a standard MP3 file, the classic digital audio format. You may have downloaded it from the web, or iTunes ripped the song from a CD using iTunes' built-in MP3 encoder.
  • Purchased AAC audio file: Purchased AAC file is what Protected AAC audio file becomes when it's been upgraded to the iTunes Plus format. Songs you purchased from iTunes Store sold after April 2009 are in the Purchased AAC audio file format. These files no longer have the DRM-based copy restrictions.

DRM-protected formats:

  • Protected AAC audio file: Songs you purchased from the iTunes Store prior to April 2009 are marked as Protected AAC audio file. Protected, in this case, means DRM restricts it to devices authorized with the Apple ID used to buy the song. This restriction prevents the song from being copied or shared.
  • Apple Music AAC audio file: a standard AAC file, except that Apple Music. added it to your library. This file type has some Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions, such as requiring an active Apple Music subscription. If you cancel your subscription, you'll lose access to the song. You also can't burn Apple Music songs to a CD.

What are the Apple Music DRM restrictions?

You can't play Apple Music songs with other music player

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.

DRM protected songs come with .m4p extension and when you try to open it with other music players, you will get:

Apple Music DRM

Apple Music DRM

You need to authorize your computer to play Apple Music

  • You can authorize up to five computers at a time to play Apple Music.
  • If you have five authorized computers and want to authorize a new computer, you have to deauthorize one of your computers.
  • You can only authorize a computer that you have access to. You can't authorize a computer using another computer or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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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 Launch Apple Music Converter

Download, install and launch Ondesoft Apple Music Converter on your Mac or Windows.

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2. Sign in your Apple Music account

Click the Sign in button and enter your Apple ID.

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3. Change output format(optional)

The default output format is lossless M4A. Ondesoft Apple Music Converter also supports converting Apple Music to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. You can also customize output file name with any combination of title, artist, album, playlist index and track ID.

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4. Select music

Follow the on-screen instructions to choose the playlist or album you want to convert.

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Click Add songs.

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5. Start Conversion

By default, all songs in the playlist/album will be checked. If there are songs you don't want to convert, please uncheck the box. Then click Convert button to start downloading songs to the format you choose.

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After conversion, click below folder icon to quickly locate the downloaded songs.

Apple Music Converter


Apple Music Converter

Apple Music Converter
Download Apple Music songs, albums, playlists to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF.

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