How to Play Apple Music on VLC

Updated by Adam Gorden on Jan 18, 2022 10:05 AM

VLC Media Player is always the best. It is free, flexible, and customizable. VLC is the default media player for many people because of its great compatibility with different operating systems and different types of video and audio formats.

Now, the popularity of streaming services greatly changes people's habits. They use subscriptions to streaming services to get the latest videos and music. People prefer to listen to music using the streaming platform, such as Apple Music. With the huge library, users can stream over 90 million songs on Apple Music. For those who are VLC lovers, wouldn't it be great to listen to Apple Music with VLC media player? If you also want to know how, just follow this article.

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Part 1. Best Tool You'll Need
Part 2. How to Convert Apple Music for VLC Media Player
Part 3. How to Play Apple Music with VLC Media Player

Best Tool You'll Need

The VLC media player supports multiple audio formats. However, Apple Music has no API open for VLC or any other media players to play the songs. The DRM protection on Apple Music even restricts you from doing that. So, you'll need ViWizard Audio Converter to free the songs. ViWizard is a multi-purpose audio converter. It converts DRM audios such as Apple Music songs, Audible audiobooks, and iTunes audiobooks to non-DRM formats. The output formats include MP3, WAC, AAC, WAV, etc. Also, it is an audio converter for common audio formats. In the following sections, you will get to know how to play Apple Music on VLC.

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ViWizard DRM Audio Converter Key Features

  • Losslessly convert Apple Music for VLC media player
  • Convert DRM M4P to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B
  • Retain 100% original quality and ID3 tags
  • Customize the output parameters of the audios
  • Convert between DRM-free audio file formats
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How to Convert Apple Music for VLC Media Player

To play Apple Music on VLC, you need to Convert Apple Music to MP3. ViWizard Audio Converter can finish the conversion with simple steps. Let's dive in.

Step 1Add Apple Music to the Converter

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First, download ViWizard DRM Audio Converter from the above link and please remember to authorized your computer to stream Apple Music songs. Then launch ViWizard and from the main interface, you will see three icons on the central top of the main screen. Here's what they for:

1) This Music Note button is for importing DRM audios to the Converter.

2) This one is to add non-DRM audios to the Converter.

3) This is the "Converted History". When the conversion is done your converted files will be placed under this catalog.

Most of the Apple Music songs are DRM-ed, so you should click the Music Note button to import them to the converter. Or directly drag files from the Apple Music media folder to the ViWizard.

Step 2Set Output Format and Output Path

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After uploading music to the converter, open the Format panel to select an output format for your audio files. ViWizard allows you to convert DRM audios to MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV, and FLAC. We recommend MP3 but you can make your choice depends on what you need. Right next to the Format is the Output Path option. Click on to select a file destination for you converted songs.

Step 3Convert Apple Music to DRM-free Format

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Once you are done with all the settings and editing, you can take up the conversion by pressing the Convert button. Wait for a few minutes until the conversion finishes, then you can locate the DRM-free audio files in the folder you've selected. If you don't remember which folder you choose, you can go to the Converted History and use to find them.

How to Play Apple Music with VLC Media Player

When the conversion is finished, everything will be quite easy. Now you can find the converted Apple Music on your computer. Here're guides on how to play Apple Music on VLC media player on different devices.

For Windows Users

1) Launch the VLC media player on your desktop.

2) Click the Media option. Then select the Open File button to go to the folder with the converted Apple Music.

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You can also drag and drop the files to the media player for playing.

For Mac Users

1) Launch the VLC media player from your application menu.

2) Click the File button in the menu bar, then choose the Open File option to open the folder covering the converted Apple Music.

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3) Choose the song you want to play.

Here you can simply drag and drop the files to the media player for playing.

For Android Users

1) Connect your phone and computer with a USB cable to transfer the converted Apple Music to your phone.

2) Open the VLC media player app on your phone. Tap on the Audio button at the bottom of the main interface.

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3) Click on Menu > Audio to browse media files.

4) On the right side of any song, press on the Three-dot icon and choose the option Add to Playlist.

5) Name the playlist or add to previously created ones. Hit the OK button to save.

6) You can play the music by clicking the Menu > Playlists tab.

For iOS Users

1) Connect your iPhone and PC, then open iTunes on your computer. Hit the iPhone icon on the menu bar.

2) Then go to the Apps option on the left-sidebar. Scroll down and choose the VLC app.

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3) Open the folder of the converted Apple Music on your computer then drag and drop the music you want to transfer to the VLC Documents area.

4) Check and play the Apple Music files in your VLC app on your iPhone.

The Final Thoughts

Now, you can import Apple Music to VLC media player and enjoy the playback at your will. The key point is to decode Apple Music and convert it to a format that is compatible with VLC media player. Once you have the converted audios, you not only can listen to them on VLC but also in your car, on your speakers, or anywhere else. Just give ViWizard DRM Audio Converter a try and it will satisfy your need.

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