2 Easy Ways to Back Up Apple Music

Posted by Adam Gorden on Jul 9, 2019 11:11 AM.

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Apple Music, one of the most popular streaming music services, has more than 40 million users at present. With Apple Music, you can choose music to stream to your devices as required, or listen to countless songs, playlists and your whole music library without watching for any annoying advertisements.

Although users can download songs from Apple Music to listen to them offline, it does not mean that you have all of these music files. This is because Apple Music has a FairPlay DRM restriction that prevents users from playing properly on devices other than iOS devices. At the same time, you can't transfer Apple Music files directly or back them up to your computer unless you use the same Apple ID to subscribe to streaming music services.

Fortunately, here in this guide, we will introduce how to backup Apple Music via 2 different ways. Simply keep reading and learn how.

Solution 1. Backup Apple Music Offline with 3rd-Party Tool
Solution 2. Manually Backup Your iTunes Library

Method 1. Backup Apple Music Offline with Third Party Tool

It is because of the M4P format encoding and DRM encryption used by all Apple Music files, which makes it not easy to backup Apple Music. Now, you don't have to worry about it anymore, as we will introduce you a powerful third-party software, ViWizard DRM Audio Converter, which can help you easily back up Apple Music offline.

This program keeps the files you downloaded from Apple Music even if you have cancelled your Apple Music subscription. It is a comprehensive audio converting tool that allows you to convert all kinds of audio files, including FairPlay DRM protected and unprotected music, audiobooks to MP3, WAV, M4B, M4A, AAC at a 30X faster speed while maintaining high quality for the output files simultaneously.

You can afterwards get Apple Music songs without DRM restrictions and back them up freely to an external hard drive or cloud service.

Step 1Import Apple Music to Audio Converter

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Before starting, please confirm that the Apple Music songs you intend to convert could play normally in iTunes, or you may need to authorize your iTunes to play those files beforehand.

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Download and install ViWizard DRM Audio Converter properly on your computer. Open it and you will be able to see two Add buttons at the top center. Click the second button to load the files and convert them from Apple Music, Audible audiobooks or iTunes. For common DRM-free audios, just tap on the first Add button.

Step 2Set output format

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Now just tap on the editing icon at the end in each column of the audio track from Apple Music, then you will be asked to choose the output audio formats in a new window. You are allowed to set the channel, audio codec, bit rate or other based on your own needs.

Step 3Start Apple Music conversion

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It's time to press the Convert button to start converting DRM-protected Apple Music to MP3 or other common formats right after you've set all the output folder and the parameters. You can find the DRM-free files in the history folder as soon as it finishes the conversion. Also, you are able to share them to any platform or device for playback.

Method 2. Use iTunes to Backup Your iTunes Library Manually

Make sure that you've installed iTunes on your computer and be aware that this method works for both Windows and Mac operating system before continuing. In addition, you need to get an external hard drive prepared. Then let's take a look at how to backup Apple Music with iTunes, taking the Mac for an example to display the detailed steps.

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Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer, click the File option. Then navigate to Library > Organize Library, choose Consolidate files option and then tap on the OK button.

Step 2. Find a USB cable to connect the external hard drive to your computer. Tap on Finder and choose the hard drive of your computer. After that tap on the Music folder, choose iTunes and then drag the folder to the external hard drive icon on your computer.

Step 3. Press the Authenticate button to grant permission to copy the iTunes folder if asked. After that, just enter your administrator passcode and press the OK button to finish the step.

To Conclude

It's all that easy! Now you can complete the Apple Music backup referring to the 2 methods given in this guide. What's more, you are also allowed to transfer Apple Music songs to your Google Drive or other place to store, so that they won't disappear once you've cancelled the subscription. Besides, ViWizard DRM Audio Converter offers free upgrade for a lifetime to all paid users. So just stop hesitating and download the free trial version right now.

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