Why is the bitrate 256 and not 320?
Normally, the locally-saved Apple Music files are 256 kbps AAC files (the same as iTunes store downloads). So while Apple has not formally announced the bitrates that its songs stream at, we can confirm that the highest bitrate of Apple Music songs is 256kbps, which is lower than the 320 kbps offered by Spotify, Radio, Tidal and so on.
In this case, theoretically, Apple Music’s 256 kbps bitrate shouldn’t sound as good as the 320 kbps offered by its rival services. But there’s more to it than just bitrate. Apple uses the AAC format for its tracks, which tends to be much better than the normal MP3 format because of the way in which it’s encoded. However for those who consider that "lower bitrate means lower quality", it would be better if they can get Apple Music songs as MP3 format at 320kbps high quality.
Then how to get Apple Music as 320kbps MP3 files? Do worry, here we are going to show you the complete guide on how to convert Apple Music songs from 256kbps AAC to 320kbps MP3.
Firstly, you should beware of the fact that the songs downloaded from Apple Music are protected. So if you need to get Apple Music songs as MP3 format at 320kbps quality, a professional Apple Music converter is necessarily needed.
Among all Apple Music converter available at present, NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter is the best yet fastest one dedicated to record any audio which can be played in iTunes, including Apple Music files, audiobooks, and iTunes purchased music and converting them to widely-used format like MP3, FLAC, AAC, AIFF, WAV, or ALAC at 10 faster speed. Besides, the program supports to keep the original audio quality, and select audio bitrate (from 128 kbps to 320 kbps) to output file. In this case, you can easily enjoy Apple Music at 320kbps quality.
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The following is the detailed tutorial to guide you to convert Apple Music songs from 256kbps AAC to 320kbps MP3. Please download NoteBurner Apple Music Converter first before getting started.
Download and install NoteBurner Apple Music Converter. After it, please launch the software and choose to download songs from the "iTunes App".
Click the button "+ Add" at the bottom. A pop-up window will show you all your Apple Music downloaded in your iTunes Library. Choose the songs that you want to convert and then press OK.
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.
After completing the above steps, the final one is clicking the button "Convert". Just a few second, it will succeed.
Once the conversion finishes, Apple Music tracks will be recorded, and you can get Apple Music as 320kbps MP3 files, and enjoy them on any of your devices as wish.
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