How to Get Apple Music Back After Missed Payment

Posted by Adam Gorden on May 5, 2023 5:00 PM

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Before 2022, if you miss a payment for your Apple Music subscription, your account you use to listen to Apple Music will be suspended and you will lose access to all Apple Music features. Apple will continue to attempt to charge the payment method you have on file for a certain period of time, and you may receive notifications about the missed payment.

However, now not only you won't be able to listen to the exclusives to Apple Music, such as songs, playlists, albums or artists, your playlists that you saved in your library will disappear. If you believe this is not caused by a missed payment, please check another post to get some fixes:

In this post, we'll introduce the best ways to deal with this frustration and you will successfully create a perfect backup of your Apple Music library at no extra cost.

Part 1. What Happens If I Miss My Apple Music Payment?
Part 2. Can I Get My Apple Music Back After Renewal?
Part 3. How to Resubscribe to Apple Music
Part 4. How to Keep Your Apple Music Forever without Subscription

Part 1. What Happens If I Miss My Apple Music Payment?

In the case of Apple Music, the playlists you spend so much time building will no longer be available after your leave, and it is very unlikely they will be kept if you want to re-subscribe with the account you previously used. If you miss your Apple Music payment on your devices where you have Apple Music subscription, your entire Apple Music library will be gone even after you resubscribe to it.

In our experience, Apple Music actually did it. And currently this has been one of the main frustrations that most Apple Music users have. It's just a matter of time for them to push over it to all Apple Music subscribers. If you are lucky to find all your Apple Music playlists are intact when you come back to Apple Music with your subscription, consider to back up your Apple Music library on your devices locally instead of in the Apple Music platform such as Apple Music app, web player.

For that, you can choose to export your library or playlist to your devices, then you have the ability to import the saved data to the software to keep your library and playlists intact. But for starters if you haven't resubscribed to Apple Music, go ahead.

Part 2. Can I Get My Apple Music Back After Renewal?

Unfortunately, you may not be able to get your Apple Music back after a renewal. However, if you have a backup of your Apple Music library on your devices as files, it's easier to import them to the Music app on your Mac or iTunes app on your PC. If you plan to export your music library in advance, please export them without hesitation.

If you use iTunes on your PC to access your Apple Music library, you can export some particular playlists or all of them (your library) to the hard disk. However, when existing playlists are exported, the actual songs aren't included but the information about them for your own personal management. If you wish to download your entire Apple Music library with the actual songs to your PC or Mac as music files, head to Part 4 to use the most powerful Apple Music downloader.

How to Export Your Apple Music/iTunes Library:

iTunes allows you to export your playlists or your entire library as an XML file. This file contains information about you tracks, including the title, artist, album, genre, and other metadata.

Step 1. Export Your Library/Playlists from iTunes

1. In the iTunes app on your PC or Mac, click the File button from the top.

2. In the options menu, select Library > Export Playlist to export a particular playlist or Export Library to export all of your playlists.

itunes library export playlist

3. To export a playlist, choose XML from the Format drop-down menu at the bottom of the window, and save the playlist as a .xml file to the desired location. To export your library, the exported information is saved in a XML format file named as "Library.xml" automatically, just click Save.

itunes playlist save as xml files

4. Now the .xml file should be on the selected location. If you try to open it, you will get all the information of the exported tracks.

Once the export is complete, you can use the XML file to import your iTunes library or playlist into another application, or to create a backup of your library. If you just need to use it to recover your music library after you renew your Apple Music library, you don't have to convert it to other formats. The XML file should work fine with the iTunes software.

Step 2. Import Your Library/Playlists to iTunes

1. In the iTunes app on your PC or Mac, click the File button > Library > Import Playlist.

2. Now navigate your computer to find and locate the .xml file and open it.

3. Now the playlist(s) will appear in the Playlist section in the sidebar.

You now successfully have use the .xml file as a backup of your Apple Music/iTunes library. This way, even you miss your Apple Music payment, you won't lose the access to your playlists. And the library will be synced automatically to your devices when you're logged in with your Apple ID that has Apple Music subscription. If you haven't renewed your Apple Music subscription, go ahead.

Part 3. How to Resubscribe to Apple Music

If you need to resubscribe to Apple Music, please pick the device where you subscribe to Apple Music and do one of the followings:

For iPhone, iPad:

Step 1. Open the Settings app > Music.

Step 2. Scroll to Subscription.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions to resubscribe to Apple Music.


Step 1. Open a web browser and go to

Step 2. Click the Sign In button in the top-right corner, then sign in with an Apple Music.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions to resubscribe to Apple Music with an individual subscription.

Part 4. How to Keep Your Apple Music Forever without Subscription

Creating a backup of your Apple Music library as music files on your devices makes senses for reasons. For starters you can listen to the actual music files on any media player on your devices, such as the iTunes software, Music app and more. Even after you missed your Apple Music payment, your access to your library won't disappear, and it's easier for you to import your music files to your Apple Music library at no extra cost. And it's easy for you to do the syncing of your music library to your Apple devices and listen to them as downloaded music in the Music app. Additionally, you can transfer your music library to a storage device or cloud service such as the most common USB.

It's worth noting that Apple Music downloads have DRM-protection, and the iTunes software require certain file formats, so you may need to convert your entire music library to a compatible file format by using an Apple Music downloader called ViWizard Audio Converter.

Best Apple Music Downloader for Apple Music Backup - ViWizard Audio Converter

Added with the DRM-removal function, ViWizard Audio Converter is designed for Apple Music users who want to create a backup of their own music libraries as music files. You can download and convert music tracks in iTunes to MP3, M4A, M4B, WAV, AAC, and FLAC. Lossless audio and all the metadata data will be kept with the downloaded music files.

In addition to Apple Music songs, iTunes contents such as iTunes files, songs, podcasts, audiobooks and Audible audiobooks can be converted and downloaded by ViWizard.

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ViWizard Apple Music Converter Key Features

  • Losslessly download and convert Apple Music for offline playing on any device
  • Convert M4P Apple Music to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B
  • Retain 100% original quality and ID3 tags
  • Support converting Apple Music songs, iTunes audiobooks and Audible audiobooks
  • Convert between DRM-free audio file formats
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How to Download and Convert Your Apple Music Library:

Just pick the correct version of ViWizard for your PC or Mac and you're officially good to go.

Step 1Add Entire Music Library

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On your PC or Mac, launch ViWizard Audio Converter and choose to launch the iTunes software. Now add what you want to download and convert from iTunes by using drag/drop. Or you can load your entire music library by clicking on the Add music library button at the top. Just select any music tracks you want to download.

Step 2Adjust Output Format

select output format

Then, click the Format tab at the bottom of the screen. You can choose MP3, M4A, M4B, WAV, AAV, or FLAC as the output format for your Apple Music downloads. Just click OK to save your changes.

Step 3Download Entire Music Library

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Back to the main interface of ViWizard, and click the Convert button to start the conversion. Then conversion of your music library will be completed at a 30x super faster speed. And you will get a music folder that contains all the music files.

How to Sync Your Apple Music Library without Subscriptions:

Even you don't have Apple Music subscription, you can still sync your music library manually to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Step 1. Upload Music Files to Your Music Library

add folder to library itunes

1. In the iTunes on your PC or Mac, choose Files > Add File/Folder to Library.

2. Navigate your computer to find and locate any music files you wish to add to your iTunes library as downloaded music.

3. Select a music folder or files to open.

4. The added music songs will appear under Recently Added tab.

Step 2. Sync Your Music Library to Your iPhone/iPad

sync entire music library to iphone

1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer via a USB cable.

2. When prompts, open iTunes or Finder to select your device. At this time you should see your device next to the Apple Music contents menu (iTunes) or in the Finder sidebar (Mac).

3. In iTunes, click the Music tab on the side bar. In the Finder, click Music in the button bar.

4. In iTunes, select the "Music" > "Entire music library" checkboxes. In Finder, select the "Sync music onto [device name]" > "Entire music library" checkboxes.

5. Click Apply.

6. Click Done.

Step 3. Access Your Music Library in the Music App

1. On your iPhone, open the Music app.

2. Go to Your Library > Downloaded, you will access to all the transferred Spotify music songs.

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