Where Is the Downloaded Apple Music Stored on Your Devices

By Adam Gorden Updated on June 8, 2023

Apple Music is an excellent music streaming service launched by Apple Inc. in 2015. Once you subscribe to Apple Music, you can stream over 100 million songs from it, including exclusive playlists, podcasts, and others. Moreover, you can enjoy the full services of Apple Music, like downloading the music for offline playback. Do you know how to view the downloaded Apple Music stored on your devices? After reading this post, you will find the answers.

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Part 1. How to View Downloaded Apple Music on Your Devices

Apple Music subscribers can download Apple Music and listen to the downloaded music within the app offline. But where does it go? You can find and view them right in the app. Ensure to download a selection of songs on the platform.

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How to Listen to Apple Music Offline on Windows/Mac/iOS/Android

Does Apple Music work offline? Yes! Here we'll provide best 2 ways for you to listen to Apple Music offline on iOS, Android, and PC.

Find Downloaded Apple Music on iPhone/iPad/Android:

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  1. Open the Music (iPhone/iPad) or Apple Music (Android) app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap on the "Library" tab at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Scroll to find the "Downloaded" section, and tap on it. If you haven't downloaded any albums, playlists from Apple Music or you have lost your downloads, you won't see the Downloaded tab.
  4. You can browse through your downloaded music there, and you can play them offline without an internet connection. Additionally, you can manage your downloaded music there to remove them or add them to a playlist.

Find Downloaded Apple Music on Mac:

  1. Open the Music app on Mac Catalina or later.
  2. Tap on the Songs section in the sidebar to view your music library.
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  4. To filter the view and display only the downloaded Apple Music, click View in the Apple Menu, and select Only Downloaded music.
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  6. This will show you the list of songs or albums that have been downloaded on your device. Additionally, you can remove download or add it to your playlist.
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Find Downloaded Apple Music on Windows PC:

Windows 10 users can access Apple Music and its feature in the iTunes app, and Windows 11 users can now try the Apple Music preview app. Here we introduce how to find the downloaded music in iTunes.

  1. Launch the iTunes app on Windows PC or Mac Mojave or earlier.
  2. Click on the Apple Music contents menu at the top of the sidebar, and click on it to select "Music" in the context menu.
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  4. Under the Library tab in the sidebar, find and locate the Downloaded section, then click on it.
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  6. iTunes will show you the list of songs or albums that are currently downloaded and available offline. You can also manage the downloaded music here such as adding them to your playlist, or removing them from your library.

Part 2. How to Access Downloaded Apple Music Files on Your Devices

Finding the downloaded Apple Music files on your devices can be challenging. The actual storage location of downloaded Apple Music files on your device depends on the operating system you're using. Here are the default storage locations for your Apple Music downloads:

On iOS devices (iPhone or iPad):

The downloaded Apple Music files are stored within the app's sandboxed storage, meaning that the files are not directly accessible by the user or other apps. You don't have the direct access to these files. Music can only be downloaded to your iOS device directly from Apple Music, and can't be transferred manually to your other devices.

If you wish to transfer your downloaded Apple Music to your other devices, you have to download them from the start. You can have 10 devices (up to 5 computers) associated with your Apple ID for purchases at one time.

On macOS computers:

The downloaded Apple Music files are stored on the following location: /Users/[Your username]/Music/Music/Media/Music/.

To access this location, open the Finder app and select Go from the menu bar, then choose Go to Finder. After that, enter the above path or navigate to the location where the downloaded Apple Music files are stored.

On Windows PC:

The downloaded iTunes music files are stored on the following location: C:\Users\[Your username]\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media. You can also check and chanage it in iTunes app > Edit > Preferences > Advanced > iTunes Media folder location.

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To access this location, open the File Explorer and enter the path in the navigation bar. Replace [Your Username] with the actual Windows username. Within the iTunes folder, open an iTunes Media folder and open a Music folder or Apple Music folder, where all the downloaded Apple Music files stored.

On Android phone:

The downloaded Apple Music files are stored in a specific location on the internal storage of an Android device. However, the exact location may vary slightly depending on the device manufacture and Android version.

The downloaded Apple Music are stored typically on the following location: Internal Storage\Android\data\com.apple.android.music\files\Media.

To access this location, open the File Manager app and navigate to the Internal Storage or Phone Storage directory, then look for the Android folder and open it. After that, locate and open the data folder, and scroll down and find the folder named "com.apple.android.music" (or similar), and open it to find a files folder then a Media folder within it, where the downloaded Apple Music files are stored.

However, it's important to note that the downloaded music is stored in an encrypted format called M4P and are specifically used on the Apple Music platform. You can burn them to a disc or transfer them to a device, unless you bypass this restriction and them to a commonly-used file format such as MP3, WAV, AAC (unprotected), or FLAC. Then you'll need a professional Apple Music downloader called ViWizard Audio Converter.

Part 3. How to Download Apple Music Directly to Computers

With ViWizard Audio Converter, both Windows and Mac users can download Apple Music directly to your computer device as music files, which are playable and transferrable across devices. Added with DRM-removal function, users can add various contents to download locally, including songs, playlists, albums and more from your music library or Apple's music catalog. Once you select and add the desired music to the software, you can set the output format as MP3, M4A, M4B, WAV, AAC, or FLAC. It supports batch downloading, and the lossless audio and full ID3 tags will be embedded with each downloaded music files, ensuring the positive listening experience.

Besides Apple Music, iTunes music, files, podcasts, audiobooks and Audible audiobooks are downable with ViWizard. You can download your entire music library for offline use on your Windows PC or Mac. Then you can transfer them to your other devices to play anytime, anywhere.

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Key Features of ViWizard Audio Converter

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Step 1Import Apple Music Files into ViWizard

Start the ViWizard Audio Converter program. The iTunes app will be available immediately. To import Apple Music to ViWizard for conversion, access to your Apple Music library by clicking the Load iTunes Library button in the upper-left corner of the window. You may also drag and drop the downloaded Apple Music files into the converter by dragging and dropping them.

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Step 2Customize the Parameters of the Apple Music Files

Here you can navigate to the Format panel. Select the audio output format you want from the available options. You can select MP3 as the output format here. ViWizard has an audio editing feature that allows users to fine-tune a few music settings for customized audio quality. You may, for example, alter the audio channel, sample rate, and bit rate in real-time. Finally, press the OK button to confirm the changes. You may also change the output path of the audios by clicking the three-dot symbol next to the Format panel.

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Step 3Start to convert Apple Music to MP3

When all the settings are done, click the Convert button to begin the conversion. When the conversion is finished, click the Converted icon in the upper-right corner of the window to access all of the converted Apple Music. Hit the Search icon of each audio to open the folder covering the converted music.

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Part 4. How to Transfer Downloaded Apple Music to Phones

Your Apple Music downloads stored on the hard disk of your computer can be transferred manually to a device, such as iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. Of course, you can upload the downloaded music to a preferred cloud storage service, such as iCloud or Google Drive, or an external storage device, such as a USB. Ensure the music files are downloaded in a compatible file format with the platform and devices.

Transfer Downloaded Apple Music to Android smartphones:

  1. Connect an Android smartphone to the computer via a portable USB cable. Mac users should have downloaded and installed an app called Android File Transfer to ensure the transfer.
  2. On Windows PC, open the File Explorer and head over to the device's storage. On Mac, open the Android File Transfer app and select the device's storage under Use USB for.
  3. Head over to the folder that contains all the downloaded music files.
  4. To transfer the music files to the Android device, drag and drop them to the desired position where the files will be added to.
  5. Once done, open the Files Manager app and navigate to the position and browse for the music files.

Transfer Downloaded Apple Music to iOS devices (iPhone or iPad):

  1. Ensure to upload the downloaded Apple Music files to the iTunes app. In iTunes, use File > Upload File/Folder to Library. In Music app, use File > Import Music.
  2. Connect an iOS device to the computer via a portable USB cable.
  3. Select your device in the sidebar, and head over to the Music section.
  4. To sync the downloaded music files, use Sync Music > Entire music library > Apply, and wait for the syncing to finish.
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  6. Once done, open the Music app and navigate to the Downloaded section and browse for the downloaded music.

The Bottom Line

After reading this article, you may know where the Apple Music downloads stored. You can choose the suitable guides above for your device to view the location of Apple Music. If you want to play Apple Music on other devices or apps, don’t miss out ViWizard Audio Converter. It can download and convert Apple Music to an open format as your need. If you want to know more about ViWizard, you can download the trial version below.

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