With more than 70 million songs in the catalog and availability in over 50 countries, Apple Music is one of the most successful music streaming services. However, like any other streaming service at this point in time, there are some limitations that may not work well for some users.
- Apple Music tracks are DRM protected. They can only be played on certain devices using the official Apple Music apps or web apps.
- Songs that you download to your Apple Music library can only be played if you have an active subscription. If your Apple Music subscription expires, you will no longer be able to play these songs.
However, there are workarounds that you can use to remove DRM protection from Apple Music files and make them playable on any device and app. In this article, we are going to examine one such Apple Music DRM removal tool called TuneFab Apple Music Converter. It is a macOS and Windows utility that can convert Apple’s protected “.m4p” files to DRM-free “.mp3” files.
Note: With the method mentioned here, you can improve your music listening and play your favorite songs even on devices without Apple Music. Be aware, however, that depending on how you use it, removing DRM may be illegal. It should only be considered for personal use (assuming you already have an Apple Music subscription) and not for illegal copying and distribution of music.
How to Remove DRM from Apple Music – Apple Music to MP3
TuneFab Apple Music Converter has a simple interface that allows you to convert Apple Music DRM files to MP3 format with ease. It uses your converter’s official music or iTunes app to stream and convert files on the fly.
The following steps will show you how to convert DRM protected Apple Music files to MP3 with TuneFab Apple Music Converter.
- Download and install TuneFab Apple Music Converter for Mac or Windows PC.
- Launch the app and wait for it to load. You should be able to see your Apple Music library with all of your music and playlists.
- Scroll and select a song that you want to convert. You can also select multiple songs at the same time.
- In the lower left area, check the Output format, profile, output folder, and Filename.
- Select the at the bottom right Codec, bit rate, sample rate, and channels. These settings change depending on profile selected in the previous step.
- When the selection is complete, click Convert Button at the top of the app window. The conversion process is displayed in a separate window.
Apple Music Converter automatically launches the music or iTunes app on your computer, streams the selected tracks and converts them on the fly. When the conversion is complete, your selected titles will be available in the output format of your choice, saved in the preferred output folder.
TuneFab recommends not using the Music or iTunes app during the conversion. Usually other audio activity in other apps will be ignored and you will get a clean audio recording sample at the end of the conversion process.
Note 1: The software copies the song metadata (ID3 tags) including the album cover from the original file.
Note 2: You can even rip audio from videos to Apple Music using the above procedure. Just make sure the videos you want to convert are available in your music library. Apple Music Converter supports conversion to MP3, M4A, AC3, AAC, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4R, MKA, and WAV Formats.
The Mac version of TuneFab Apple Music Converter can only convert songs or videos at 1x speed, while the Windows version of the tool can convert at up to 16x speed. For Mac users, there is another alternative version of the tool, Apple Music Converter Lite (Mac), which supports up to 5x conversion speed.
Currently, the app has some issues with the latest version of macOS and is not fully compatible with Big Sur. The TuneFab technical team is working to fix the issues. We will update this article as soon as the new version is available with full support for macOS Big Sur.
Overall, in our tests, it appeared to deliver the converted files without any problems or glitches. For the music samples that were converted at a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz (standard) with 320 kbit / s (maximum bit rate), there was no noticeable loss of audio quality between the original and the converted songs.
Apple Music Converter prices
TuneFab Apple Music Converter offers a 30-day free trial that allows you to convert up to the first 3 minutes of a song on Apple Music. This should give you enough time to try the product and see if it is suitable for your conversion purposes. If you are looking for this type of solution and it works well for you, you can unlock the full version by purchasing a valid license key.
A single Mac or PC license for TuneFab Apple Music Converter costs $ 39.95, while a double license for 1 Mac + 1 PC costs $ 63.92. There is also a family package that offers a license for up to 5 Macs or 5 PCs and costs $ 79.95. Alternatively, a single license for the Lite version (PC or Mac) is available for $ 34.95.
All licenses are lifetime licenses that give you lifetime access to the latest version of the app (with all interim updates and bug fixes). However, an important new release may require a new license to be purchased.
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