How to Download Songs from Apple Music

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March 20, 2024

With an active Apple Music subscription, you can take your music anywhere! Download your favorite music to enjoy offline, saving cellular data and avoiding interruptions from poor internet connections. This guide will show you how to download Apple Music songs and playlists on both your phone and desktop, along with several clever methods to enhance your offline experience, including managing automatic downloads, downloading your entire Apple Music Library, and saving Apple Music songs as local files on your computer.

Table of Contents

  1. Download Apple Music Songs on iPhone and Android
  2. How to Download Apple Music Songs on a Desktop
  3. How to Automatically Download Songs from Apple Music
  4. How to Download All Songs on Apple Music
  5. How to Download Apple Music Songs to MP3
  6. In Conclusion

1. Download Apple Music Songs on iPhone and Android

  1. Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
  2. Find the music you want: Search for specific songs, or browse playlists and albums.
  3. Add music to your library:
    • For playlists and albums, tap the plus (+) icon.
    • For individual songs, tap the three dots (…) and select + Add to Library.
Add-to-Library

  1. Download the music:
    • For playlists and albums, tap the download icon (downward arrow).
    • For individual songs, tap the three dots (…) and select Download.
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2. How to Download Apple Music Songs on a Desktop

  1. Launch the Music app on Mac or iTunes on Windows.
  2. Find the playlist, album, or song you want to download.
  3. Click on the + Add/+ icon to add the music to your Library.
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  1. Click the Download icon (the downward arrow icon).
Download Apple Music songs desktop

3. How to Automatically Download Songs from Apple Music

Want to listen to your favorite Apple Music content offline without manually downloading each song or playlist? Enable Automatic Downloads. This feature automatically downloads music you add to your Library or purchase from the iTunes Store.

On iPhone and iPad

  1. Go to Settings on your iOS device.
  2. Scroll down and tap Music.
  3. Turn on Automatic Downloads.
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On Mac

  1. Launch the Music app on your Mac.
  2. Click Music from the top Menu bar and select Setting from the dropdown menu.
  3. Check the box next to Automatic Downloads, and click OK to save your change.
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On Windows

  1. Open the iTunes app on your Windows PC.
  2. Go to the menu bar, select Edit > Preferences, then click on the Downloads tab.
  3. Under the Automatic Downloads section, check the box next to Music.
  4. Click OK to save your preferences.

On Android

Unfortunately, Automatic Downloads is currently unavailable on the Android version of the Apple Music app. You’ll need to manually download music on your Android device.

4. How to Download All Songs on Apple Music

Tired of picking out individual songs for offline listening? Here’s a clever trick to download your entire Apple Music library at once using a smart playlist on your Mac or PC.

1. In the Music app on your Mac or iTunes app on your PC, choose File > New > Smart Playlist from the menu bar.

Create-Smart-Playlist

2. To include every song in your library, simply set the rule to “Time is greater than 00:00.”

Tick the Live updating checkbox if you want the playlist to automatically add any songs you add to your library in the future.

Click OK to create the smart playlist.

smart playlist rules

3. Name your newly created smart playlist. Click the Download icon to download all songs in your Apple Music Library at once.

Download-Smart-Playlist

While creating smart playlists is limited to desktops, Apple Music’s Sync Library feature can bring the playlist to your iPhone or Android. Once synced, you can download all the songs on your phone for offline listening.

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5. How to Download Apple Music Songs to MP3

Apple Music encrypts its downloads to restrict them played within the Music or iTunes app. If you want to play them with other apps or devices, you’ll need to convert them to a more widely compatible format like MP3. One professional tool to achieve this is the Pazu Apple Music Converter. It can download Apple Music playlists, albums, and songs to MP3, AAC, FLAC, and other popular formats on both Mac and Windows. Additionally, you can keep the downloaded songs even if your Apple Music subscription ends.

When downloading Apple Music songs and playlists, Pazu Apple Music Converter preserves the original audio quality, ID3 tags, and metadata, ensuring you won’t lose any important information. The converter has a remarkably fast download speed—almost 10 times faster than comparable software. Follow the tutorial below to download Apple Music to MP3 with Pazu.

Step 1. Launch Pazu Apple Music Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Apple Music Converter on your Mac or Windows.

Apple Music Converter

Step 2. Choose the output format

The default format is M4A in 256kbps. Apple Music Converter also supports MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, and AIFF. Click the gear icon if you want to change the output format or output folder.

Apple Music Converter settings

Step 3. Choose a playlist, artist, or album to download

Follow the on-screen instructions to choose a playlist, artist, or album you want to download.

add Apple Music songs

Step 4. Start to download Apple Music songs

Click the “Convert” button to download Apple Music songs, albums, and playlists to MP3. After downloading, you can play them anywhere you want, even after canceling your Apple Music subscription.

convert Apple Music to MP3

Step 5. Locate the Converted Songs

After the download is complete, click on the clock icon in the upper right corner to view the converted Apple Music songs. To locate the downloaded Apple Music songs:

  • Click the folder icon to open the output folder where the songs are saved;
    or
  • Directly go to the output folder you customized in the previous step.
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In Conclusion

This guide covered several methods for downloading Apple Music content to your iPhone, Android, Mac, and Windows PC. You can even automate downloads or download everything in your library with a smart playlist. For ultimate flexibility, consider converting Apple Music to MP3 with Pazu Apple Music Converter. This allows you to keep your music collection even if your Apple Music subscription ends.

To get started, download Pazu Apple Music Converter on your Mac or Windows.