Step-by-Step Guide to Add Apple Music to rekordbox

By Adam Gorden Updated on March 25, 2024
My dream is to use my Apple Music download song to create my USB keys with rekordbox. A HUGE time saving... Any possible way to do this? So, a way to extract audio file from apple music download lib, and I think it's not so easy...

- Highdom from

Many DJ lovers have the same question as Highdom does. For those who have already tried to load Apple Music to rekordbox, they know this doesn't work but still wondering is there any solution to this. Since Apple Music are protected file which can't be add to other app directly, you need to convert Apple Music to a plain format for the transfer. Today we will walk you through the best solution for adding Apple Music to rekordbox and offer a detailed tutorial for you.

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Part 1. How to Convert Apple Music to rekordbox

Pioneer DJ's rekordbox offers seamless integration with various music services like Tidal, but unfortunately, Apple Music isn't directly compatible due to Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions on Apple Music tracks. This means that tracks downloaded from Apple Music cannot be directly imported into rekordbox. However, there are workarounds to overcome these limitations.

Source Supported Formats
Rekordbox Import MP3, WAV, AAC (unprotected), FLAC, ALAC, AIFF
Apple Music Protected with DRM
iTunes Purchases AAC (unprotected)

Why ViWizard Apple Music Converter for rekordbox?

Since Apple Music protects its tracks with DRM, converting and downloading these tracks to a compatible format for rekordbox becomes essential. To achieve this, a reliable conversion tool like ViWizard Apple Music Converter comes into play. This professional software caters to both Windows and Mac users to convert Apple Music tracks to formats compatible with rekordbox, such as MP3, WAV, or AAC.

ViWizard's DRM-removal feature takes care of the restrictions on Apple Music. By utilizing ViWizard, you gain direct access to your desired Apple Music tracks in a DRM-free file format ready to import into the rekordbox program. Additionally, you can create a personal collection within iTunes using ViWizard. This means you have all your favorite Apple Music tracks ready to use with rekordbox whenever inspiration strikes.

In addition to Apple Music and iTunes Music, iTunes files, podcasts, audiobooks and Audible audiobooks are supported by ViWizard. You can try either Windows or Mac version for free.

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Key Features of ViWizard Audio Converter

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  • Convert songs, albums, and playlists from Apple Music to MP3
  • Remove DRM protection from Apple Music, iTunes, and Audible
  • Save the converted audios with the original quality and ID3 tags
  • Support the conversion of up to 100 audio formats to others

Step 1Add Apple Music to ViWizard Apple Music Converter

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First, download and install ViWizard Audio Converter from the above downloading buttons. There are two "Add" buttons, one to load the iTunes library, one for local audios. To convert Apple music, you should use the Music Note icon at the top of the window to open your iTunes library. Besides, please make sure that the Apple music you wish to convert can stream well in iTunes before you import them to ViWizard.

Step 2Customize Audio Output Format

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Open the Format panel at the bottom left to select an output format. You can also adjust the parameters, like sample rate, bit rate, and volume, for your files in this pop-up window. For the mixing, we suggest you choose WAV or FLAC as output. When you are all set, please click on OK to save the settings.

Step 3Convert Apple Music Songs to Common Format

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Simply press Convert at the bottom right and wait for a few seconds. When the converting process is done, the converted files can be found by clicking the Converted button.

Part 2. How to Import Apple Music to rekordbox [Windows/Mac]

Once you've converted your Apple Music tracks with ViWizard, follow these simple steps to seamlessly import them into rekordbox. You have two options: direct import or via iTunes.

Option 1: Direct Import to rekordbox for PC/Mac

  1. Launch rekordbox on your computer.
  2. In rekordbox, go to File > Import Track/Folder.
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  4. Locate your converted Apple Music files in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  5. Select the files or folders you want to import and click Open. If you're importing a folder, rekordbox will add all compatible files it contains.
  6. Head to Collection to find your imported music tracks. You'll see the artwork, artist names, and album names associated with the converted tracks.
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  8. To ensure proper analysis for DJing, right-click on a track and select Preview > Analyze Track to finalize the import.
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Extra Tip: Drag and Drop to rekordbox Playlist

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac) and locate your converted Apple Music tracks.
  2. In rekordbox, navigate to where you want to add the tracks, such as Collections or Playlists.
  3. To create a new playlist, right-click on Playlist and select Create New Playlist.
  4. rekordbox playlist create new playlist

  5. Simply drag and drop your music files or folders into Collections or the desired playlist.
  6. Check your imported music tracks in Collection or the playlist you've created.

Option 2: Import via iTunes for PC/Mac

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer.
  2. In iTunes, go to File > Add File/Folder to Library.
  3. Locate your converted Apple Music tracks in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac), and select them to add to iTunes.
  4. Create a new playlist in iTunes by right-clicking on Playlists and selecting Create Playlist. Add the music tracks to this playlist.
  5. In iTunes, go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced, and check Share iTunes Library XML with other applications, then click OK to save.
  6. itunes share itunes library xml with other applications

  7. Launch rekordbox on your computer.
  8. Select the iTunes option.
  9. rekordbox collection itunes

  10. Choose the Playlists tab and select the playlist you created in iTunes. Right-click on the playlist and choose Import Playlist.
  11. Alternatively, choose the All Tracks option, select the tracks you want, and right-click to Import to Collection.

Now you're all set to enjoy your Apple Music tracks seamlessly within rekordbox, ready for your next DJ session! Whether you choose direct import or via iTunes, these steps ensure a smooth workflow for your DJing needs.

Part 3. How to Import Apple Music to rekordbox [iOS/Android]

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In addition to using rekordbox DJ on your computer, rekordbox also offers a mobile option for users to DJ with its app. Here's how to import your Apple Music tracks to rekordbox on your iOS or Android device:

Direct Import to rekordbox for iOS/Android:

  1. Open the rekordbox app on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Tap the arrow icon on the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Select Import songs > All songs.
  4. Choose the desired Apple Music files from your device and add them to rekordbox.
  5. Head to Collection within rekordbox to find your added music tracks.

To use the tracks, simply add them to Demo Track 1 or 2.

Wrap Up:

Now you may have learned how to use Apple Music with rekordbox. Because Apple Music is an encrypted format, you may not able to import Apple Music to rekordbox directly. To summarize, for those who want to use Apple Music on rekordbox or other DJ software, converting Apple Music with ViWizard Audio Converter is a one-for-all solution. After the conversion, you are free to play Apple Music on any player or device just like common audios. Just click the download button to have a free trial of ViWizard now.

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