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Apple Music and DRM: What You Need to Know

When we talk about the hottest trend in Apple gadgets, it is Apple Music. Launched in WWDC 2015, it has 60 million users right now. There are many FAQ’s regarding the Apple Music streaming service like is there DRM protection on Apple Music files? Can I save music to listen to offline? Can I still listen to music after unsubscribing? If there is DRM, then how to record Apple Music files? No worry, let's find answers of the above questions in this article.

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1. Is there DRM protection on Apple Music files?

apple music and DRMYes, Apple Music has a DRM (digital rights management) component just like every other streaming service. This keeps you from getting a subscription, downloading a ton of music in month one, then canceling the subscription. Instead, if you cancel Apple Music subscription, all that streaming music becomes inoperable. It sucks.

If you want DRM-free versions of that music, you can always buy tracks and albums from iTunes, Google, Amazon, or any other number of retailers. But it seems a little bit expensive. So the other better way to get DRM-free versions of Apple Music is to record Apple Music files.

2. Can I save Apple Music songs to listen to offline?

Yes, of course you can. Apple Music lets you download music to listen to offline, which bring benefits if you are concerned about wireless connection and data overages. As long as your device has space to storing the downloaded music, you can save as many songs as you’d like. But, as the DRM protection, you don’t own those downloaded files from Apple Music which means that you are banned from offloading them anywhere else. You are not allowed to burning Apple Music onto a disk, using then in separate video projects or putting them on other devices that aren’t linked to your Apple Music account. It sucks. To free form these limitations, you can record Apple Music files for better enjoying these music.

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3. Can I still listen to music after unsubscribing?

In fact, this question has been already answered in the above description. Apple has added DRM to your downloaded Apple Music songs. So if you cancel the subscription of Apple Music, all that streaming music becomes inoperable, which means you cannot listen to the Apple Music files any more after unsubscribing. To keep your Apple Music forever on your devices even if you subscribe to Apple Music, you need to record Apple Music.

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4. How to Record Apple Music files?

In order to keep Apple Music files accessible after canceling the subscription of Apple Music and to really own the downloaded Apple Music files, removing DRM is needed. Thankfully, NoteBurner Apple Music Converter can perfectly record Apple Music and convert the songs to plain MP3, FLAC, WAV and AAC.

NoteBurner Apple Music Converter (For Windows | For Mac) is an professional and multi-functional iTunes audio converter, which integrates Apple Music Converter, Audiobook Converter and M4P to MP3 Converter together. It can help users convert DRM-ed Apple Music files, M4A/M4B/AA/AAX audiobooks and M4P songs to plain MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV at 20X faster speed with lossless quality.

Tool Required: NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter

Features of iTunes Audio Converter:
  • Record iTunes M4P music, audiobooks, Apple Music;
  • Convert Apple Music files to MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV;
  • Convert iTunes audio at 10X faster speed with lossless quality;
  • Keep ID3 Tags information after conversion;
  • Easy-to-use with an intuitive and streamlined user interface;
  • Enjoy free lifetime update & technical support.
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Tutorial: Record Apple Music Files on Mac:

Step 1 Launch iTunes Audio Converter on Mac. And then click Add button to add any music file you want to convert.

Step 2 After adding, all your added files will be listed in the main interface. Click the setting button to choose output format and output path. Output format as AAC, MP3, FLAC, WAV are available to choose. Also, you are allowed to set output quality.

Step 3 Now, all you need to do is to click the "Convert" button. Your music files will be converted at up to 20X faster speed with all ID Tags and Metadata kept.

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Tutorial: Record Apple Music Files on Windows:

Step 1 Launch iTunes Audio Converter on Windows. Click "Add" button, then you will see a pop-up window which will show you all the iTunes folders. You can add Apple Music files, audiobooks, and M4P audio as you want.

Step 2 Click the "Setting" button on the main interface, and then there will be a pop-up window which allows you to set output path and output audio format. Output format as MP3, WAV, FLAC or AAC are available to choose while converting Apple Music songs. If you do not change output path, the output audio will save in the default folder.


Step 3 When finish customization, click "Convert" button to start converting. If you don't want to convert certain music, please click "Remove" button to remove this music before converting. After conversion, click the "Output" button in the main interface to find the output audio.

With three simple steps, you can record Apple Music files. After converting, your Apple Music files are free from any restriction.

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