The best way to convert Apple Music to MP3

Apple Music is a streaming service that allows you to listen to over 90 million songs at $9.99 per month(with 1 month free trial for new subscribers). Subscribers can download their favorite tracks and play them offline. However, the downloaded songs can only be played within iTunes and Apple Music app.

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The downloaded songs are saved in Music - iTunes - iTunes Media - Apple Music. Check the songs and you will find they are in .m4p format, which is DRM protected and can only be played with iTunes or Music app on authorized devices.

Even though you have downloaded Apple Music songs to your iOS device, Android or computer, you can't transfer them to your MP3 players such as iPod nano, iPod shuffle, SanDisk, Sony Walkman, etc. since Apple Music songs are DRM protected M4P file. If you want to enjoy Apple Music on a device which is not in above list, you need an Apple Music converter to remove DRM and convert Apple Music M4P songs to MP3 first. Ondesoft Apple Music Converter allows you to easily convert Apple Music M4P songs to MP3 at 16X speed on your Mac or Windows. What's more, you don't need to download the Apple Music songs to convert them since Apple Music Converter automatically syncs with iTunes Library and Playlists.

This tutorial will show you how to convert Apple Music songs to MP3 on Mac and Windows.


Part 1 Apple Music: Everything you need to know
Part 2 Best Apple Music to MP3 Converter
Part 3 Steps to convert Apple Music to MP3

Part 1 Apple Music: Everything you need to know

Apple Music Market Share

Apple Music is the second most-subscribed streaming service, owning 15% of the market, according to a global streaming music subscription market, Q2 2021 report from MIDiA, with Spotify ranking the first (31% of the market) and Amazon Music ranking the third(13% of the market).

Apple Music Quality

Apple Music launched Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio provided to Apple Music subscribers at no additional cost in May, 2021. It claimed 20 million songs in lossless audio at launch with the full 90 million songs available by the end of 2021. You can listen to lossless audio using the latest Apple Music app on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV. Turn on lossless audio in Settings > Music > Audio Quality. You can choose between Lossless and Hi-Res Lossless for cellular or Wi-Fi connections. Note that Hi-Res Lossless requires external equipment such as a USB digital to analog converter.

The standard Lossless tier will start at CD quality, which is 16-bit at 44.1 kHz, and it goes up to 24-bit at 48 kHz. There's also a High Resolution Lossless tier available at 24-bit 192 kHz, but Hi-Res Lossless requires an external digital-to-analog converter (DAC).

If you're not interested in lossless audio tiers, ‌Apple Music‌ streams 256kbps AAC files.

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Apple Music Cost

Apple Music offers 4 plans: Voice($4.99/month), Student($4.99/month), Individual($9.99/month) and Family($14.99/month for 6 accounts.)

Apple Music format

When you select Lossless audio, songs are downloaded as .movpkg files. Movpkg file is usually larger than 20M. If you choose downloading High Quality, Apple Music songs are downloaded as .m4p files. M4P is Apple's version of the M4A format that includes DRM protection, called FairPlay. Even though you can find the songs on your computer, you can't play them with other music player due to the DRM protection.

Part 2 Best Apple Music to MP3 Converter

Apple Music songs you downloaded are in DRM-protected format and can only be played with the Music app. You can't transfer them to other device to play them with other music player. Besides, once your Apple Music membership expired, you cannot listen to the songs even they have been downloaded. Therefore, to keep them always accessible, using a music converter to convert Apple Music to MP3 is a perfect solution. Here we will recommend Ondesoft Apple Music Converter.

What is Ondesoft Apple Music Converter

Ondesoft Apple Music Converter is a very helpful software when it comes to downloading Apple Music songs, albums and playlists to MP3, M4A, etc. on computer with all ID3 tags. This app can help you to have the songs downloaded to your system forever. So you won't have to worry about when your Apple Music subscription will expire.

Ondesoft Apple Music Converter Features

• Ondesoft Apple Music Converter can be used both in Windows and Mac irrespective of the type of operating system. So you just have to choose the right version and you can simply use the software for your regular downloading work.

• Ondesoft Apple Music Converter can download Apple Music songs to 256kbps M4A, 320kbps MP3 and lossless music quality in FLAC/WAV/AIFF. So if you want to download Apple Music songs with high quality then this downloader can help you out with that.

• You can rename the downloaded Apple Music songs as per your preference whenever you will use Ondesoft Apple Music Converter for downloading songs from Apple Music. It will help you to rename songs with any combination of Title, Artist, Album, Track Number and Playlist Index.

• In case you want to archive songs with album or artist then also Pazu Downloader can help you out with that. You can set Ondesoft Apple Music Converter to organize songs by Album, Artist, Album/Artist or Artist/Album.

• Features built-in Apple Music web player, you don’t need to install Music app to download songs.

Part 3 Steps to convert Apple Music to MP3

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 Apple Music songs

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 downloading Apple Music

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.

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If you want to convert Spotify to MP3 , try Ondesoft Spotify Music Converter .



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