How to Import Apple Music to Mixxx

Updated by Adam Gorden on Jan 6, 2023 5:05 PM

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DJ beginners have no necessary to afford those expensive professional DJ software, like Virtual DJ, Serato DJ, and Traktor. You can easily begin with Mixxx because it is a free and open-source DJing software. And no compatibility issue needs to be worried about since it has great compatibility with Windows, Mac, Linux, and Ubuntu. Also, it supports most of the common audio formats. Mixxx was initially launched in 2001, and it has a reputation for its stable release even though it is just a free program.

Many users ask about how they can import their Apple Music playlists or iTunes playlists to the Mixxx. Well, the situation is a bit complicated. For Apple Music, even if you've downloaded the music, the music files can't be recognized in the Mixxx. If you are curious about how to get Apple Music on Mixxx, please follow this article, and you will find the answers.

Part 1. How to Use Apple Music with Mixxx
Part 2. How to Download Apple Music Files for Mixxx
Part 3. How to Import Apple Music Files to Mixxx
Part 4. How to Import iTunes Library/iTunes Playlist to Mixxx

Part 1. How to Use Apple Music with Mixxx

Mixxx 1.9 has iTunes support, so Apple Music users can have the benefits to use iTunes inside of Mixxx. You However, this feature is for the iTunes files that're uploaded to iTunes for combining the added song from Apple Music streaming catalog - Apple Music users take advantage of the iTunes app to combine their own music collections and Apple Music exclusives for a long time. And these Apple Music streaming files won't be imported in Mixxx for one particular reason - audio file format support.

Audio Files Format
Apple Music audio: DRM-encoded
iTunes purchases: AAC
iTunes upload supports: MP3, AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV, AAC
Mixxx import supports: WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg vorbis, FLAC, AAC(M4A)

IMPORTANT: DRM-protected files, such as Apple Music streaming files are not supported in Mixxx.

To use Apple Music with Mixxx, Apple Music users must make audio file format of the Apple Music exclusives supported in Mixxx. Here we'd like to introduce the best method for Apple Music users to save efforts and costs to remove the DRM from Apple Music for Mixxx.

With ViWizard Audio Converter - a 100% clean and safe audio converter, Apple Music users can convert the desired Apple Music contents to MP3, WAC, FLAC or AAC audio format files. Except for the added music in iTunes, this ViWizard software also convert iTunes files, iTunes audiobooks and Audible audiobooks with 100% lossless audio and ID3 tags kept.

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ViWizard DRM Audio Converter Key Features

  • Losslessly remove DRM from Apple Music for Mixxx
  • Convert DRM M4P to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B
  • Retain 100% original quality and ID3 tags
  • Convert iTunes audio and Audible audiobooks to MP3, M4B, AAC
  • Convert between DRM-free audio file formats
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Part 2. How to Download Apple Music Files for Mixxx

If you want to add Apple Music to Mixxx, you will need to convert Apple Music to MP3 or AAC for Mixxx. Here's a tutorial of converting and downloading Apple Music to MP3 or AAC with ViWizard Audio Converter. Ensure you have iTunes and ViWizard installed on your desktop.

Step 1Import Apple Music Songs to ViWizard

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Before you start everything, please confirm that the Apple Music songs are playable on your PC. Then, you can run the converter and drag the files to the main interface. Wait for a few moments till the loading finish. To import songs to ViWizard, there's another way. Click the Load from Library icon on the top of the window to import Apple Music songs.

Step 2Select Audio Output Format

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After all songs are loaded into the converter successfully, you can start to choose the output settings as your demand. Click and open the Format panel and select MP3 or AAC as the default output format. If you use ViWizard purely as an audio converter, you can convert 20+ input formats to 6 common output formats. The Effect and Edit icon at the end of each column of the audio track are designed to adjust volume, speed, and pitch of the audios. It's fun to try these features. When all the settings are decided, please click on OK to save the changes.

Step 3Remove DRM and Convert Apple Music Songs

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Now you're one step to acquire the DRM-free Apple Music songs. Reconfirm where you like to place the output files before you hit on the Convert button. After the conversion is finished, you can locate the converted files in the folder you chose or find them through Converted history.

You can now import these converted Apple Music files or folders directly to Mixxx. Or you can replace the Apple Music streaming files with these files to iTunes and then access and use the whole iTunes Library inside the Mixxx.

Part 3. How to Import Apple Music Files to Mixxx

If you wish to use some specific Apple Music songs with Mixxx for mixing, you can import the file or folder to Mixxx directly in the Mixxx software.

Step 1Import Apple Music Files to Mixxx

On Windows or Mac OS, launch the Mixxx software. If you doesn't have Mixxx yet, please download and install it based on your preference.

Note: For live use, Mixxx recommends to download the stable 2.3.3 version. More conservative Mixxx users can still download one of the older and unsupported versions of Mixxx instead.

Step 2Configure Mixxx's Upload Settings

Once launched, please follow these steps to configure some upload settings in Mixxx to import or upload the Apple Music files to it.

mixxx options preferences

For old user: In Mixxx, use Mixxx's top menu > Options > Preferences to open all the preferences settings. Click the Library tab > Library > Music Directories, where the added music directories are listed. Click Add to select a directory where the converted music files are stored - such as "Music" or "My Music" folder > [Apple Music folder's Name] > Select Folder > Scan to import all the supported files with Mixxx.

mixxx preferences library

For new user: If this is the first time you run Mixxx, you are asked to select a directory where your music is stored in the pop-up, which is the location where music files are held - such as "Music" or "My Music" folder. You can select the Apple Music folder under the location > Select Folder > Scan to upload the whole music folder to Mixxx.

Part 4. How to Import iTunes Library/iTunes Playlist to Mixxx

If you wish to use your iTunes Library in Mixxx, you can follow these steps to upload the files to iTunes and later use the whole library or some specific playlist with Mixxx.

Step 1Upload Apple Music Files to iTunes

1. On Windows or macOS Majave 10.14 or earlier, open the iTunes app. Choose Files from the top menu > Add Files to Library/Add Folder to Library (Windows)/Add to Library (Mac). Click on the Open button to add the selected files to iTunes.

2. Now please decide whether you'd like to use the whole iTunes Library or an iTunes playlist with Mixxx. If you wish to use some specific music tracks with Mixxx, we suggest to use File > New to create a playlist based on the desired iTunes files. If you want to use the whole iTunes Library, consider to delete the original Apple music contents from the iTunes app.

Step 2Use iTunes Library/iTunes Playlist in Mixxx

To use iTunes library in Mixxx:

1. Once the files are uploaded to iTunes, use the top menu > Edit > Preferences > Advanced. Now check Share iTunes Library XML with other applications > OK.

2. In the Mixxx's Library tree, right-click on the iTunes icon > Choose Library. This will load the iTunes Music Library.xml from a different location. You can also choose Use Default Library to reset.

mixxx itunes choose library

To use iTunes playlist in Mixxx:

1. Select the created iTunes playlist, then use File > Library > Export playlist.

export playlist itunes

2. In the new window, see the Save as type and choose XML from the Format pop-up menu > Save.

xml files format export playlists itunes

3. In the Mixxx's Library tree, click on the iTunes icon, then navigate to the xml.file in the pop-up > Open. You can now see the music files included are on the screen.

itunes playlist on mixxx


Apple Music can't be added to Mixxx directly due to the encryption of Apple Music. To import Apple Music to Mixxx, you need to convert Apple Music to a supported format of Mixxx, such as MP3 or AAC. ViWizard Audio Converter can convert Apple Music to a universal format within simple steps. after the conversion, you can play Apple Music on any apps you like. Now you can click the download button below to start to enjoy your Apple Music without limits.

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