Does Rekordbox work with Apple Music? No. Rekordbox only works with these streaming music services, including Beatport, Beatsource, SoundCloud, and Tidal. These services allow you to access and stream millions of songs directly within the Rekordbox software. As for other streaming music services, you can't use them directly on Rekordbox. When you try to import downloaded Apple Music tracks to Rekordbox, you will also fail because Apple Music tracks are encoded in a special M4P format that is not compatible with Rekordbox.
But don't worry, here we want to show you how to convert Apple Music/iTunes music to Rekordbox-compatible format files, and then you can import the converted music files stored locally on your computer to Rekordbox. Read on and learn the best way to import Apple Music to Rekordbox for mixing.
See also: How to Add Spotify to Rekordbox
Part 1. How to Connect iTunes to Rekordbox
There is an iTunes option on Rekordbox on Windows and Mac computers. So, you can easily browse your iTunes playlists on Rekordbox. However, only unprotected tracks are supported. As for protected music, you can skip to Part 2 to find a solution.
Tip: To tell if a song in iTunes is protected, select the song and click 'File' > 'Get Info'. On the 'Summary' tab, you can see if it is protected in 'Kind'.
Step 1. Open iTunes and click on 'File' > 'Preferences' > 'Advanced' to turn on 'Share iTunes Library XML with other applications'.
Step 2. Now launch the Rekordbox software and choose the 'iTunes' tab.
Step 4. Right-click on the playlist and then select 'Import Playlist'.
Step 5. Then the playlist will be imported to the 'Playlists' category. And you can choose a track to use.
Part 2. Rekordbox iTunes File Format Not Supported - Fixed
Some users reported that when they imported iTunes/Apple Music to Rekordbox, it showed "iTunes file format not supported by Rekordbox". Why does this happen? How to solve the problem?
The reason is that Rekordbox only supports copyright-free music in MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, ALAC or AIFF formats. However, except for purchased iTunes music (AAC format), other tracks you import from Apple Music are copyright protected in the M4P format. Therefore, the problem of format incompatibility arises. To solve this problem, you need to convert Apple Music/iTunes music to a format supported by Rekordbox. Thankfully, DRmare Audio Converter can easily convert Apple Music, iTunes music, Audible books, etc. to MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, M4A or M4B.
You can check out the table below to get a quick idea.
|Rekordbox-supported Audio Format
|MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF
|Apple Music Audio Format
|iTunes Purchases Audio Format
|DRmare Output Format
|MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, M4A, M4B
With DRmare Apple Music Converter, the original sound quality and all metadata information will remain intact, making it easier for you to manage your music files. Plus, the conversion speed is up to 30x faster, so you can get your Apple Music tracks as Rekordbox-compatible files as quickly as possible.
DRmare Apple Music Converter
How to Convert Apple Music/iTunes Songs to Rekordbox-compatible Files
Now, you will learn how to convert Apple Music/iTunes for importing and using on Rekordbox DJ. Before starting, you need to download & install DRmare Audio Converter on your computer. Just touch on the "Download" button above to finish the free installation. Also, you should make sure that you have downloaded Apple Music songs to your PC or Mac.
- Step 1Load Apple Music/iTunes songs to DRmare software
- Please double-click the DRmare program icon on the desktop of your computer to launch it. Then you will see the main interface of the program. Click the "Add Files" button at the bottom left of the program and you can import music files from iTunes. Alternatively, you can directly drag and drop Apple Music files from your computer to this software's main interface.
- Step 2Choose audio format for Apple Music Rekordbox DJ
- Launch the setting mode via the "Audio" icon at the bottom right of the main interface. Then you could select an output audio format for Rekordbox Apple Music sync. You can choose to convert Apple Music files to MP3, WAV, and so on. Besides, you could personalize the sample rate, channel, bit rate and more. And then please remember to click "OK" to save your settings.
- Step 3Convert Apple Music for Rekordbox
- Once all the settings are ready, you could click the "Convert" button to begin the 30X conversion. Just wait for it until the conversion process finishes. After that, all the Apple Music files are converted and stored on your computer. You can touch the "Converted" folder to locate the converted Apple Music files on your PC. You can also directly click on the 'History' list to listen to Apple Music offline on this software.
Part 3. How to Import Apple Music to Rekordbox DJ
With the preparatory steps above, you've fixed the issue of "Rekordbox iTunes file format not supported". You now have compatible Apple Music/iTunes files for Rekordbox DJ. Then let's see how to use Apple Music on Rekordbox on computers or mobile devices. By the way, you can skip to Part 4 for a quick video tutorial.
Way 1. Drag and Drop
Step 1. Open the Rekordbox program on your computer.
Step 2. Touch and highlight the 'Collection' button from the left side of Rekordbox.
Step 3. Locate the converted Apple Music files on your computer. Then drag and drop them to the Rekordbox track window.
Step 4. Once added, Rekordbox will analyze your imported Apple Music files and you can use Apple Music with Rekordbox.
Way 2. Use the 'File' Button
Step 1. Launch the Rekordbox program from your computer.
Step 2. Click on the 'File' option from the top menu bar.
Step 3. Choose 'Import' > 'Import Folder' from the list.
Step 4. Choose the converted Apple Music folder. Then click 'OK' to import Apple Music to Rekordbox.
Way 3. Use the iTunes Option
Step 1. Open iTunes and choose 'File' > 'Add Folder to Library'. Then choose your converted Apple Music files to add them to iTunes.
Step 2. Follow the steps in Part 1 to use Apple Music on Rekordbox.
There is no import option on the Rekordbox mobile app, so you cannot import Apple Music/iTunes music to Rekordbox on your mobile device using the methods above. But you can use the following way:
Step 1. Connect your computer and mobile device to the same internet connection.
Step 2. Launch Rekordbox on your mobile device, and select 'Connect to Rekordbox'.
Step 3. On your computer, open Rekordbox and click 'Search Mobile'.
Step 4. Then the playlist you imported to Rekordbox on PC will be synced to your phone.
Step 5. You can also click on the desired Apple Music playlist and select 'Mobile Library Sync' > 'Transfer to Mobile Device'.
Part 4. Video Tutorial: How to Use Apple Music on Rekordbox
Here is a video guide on how to use DRmare Audio Converter to convert Apple Music/iTunes to Rekordbox-compatible files, and then import them to Rekordbox for use. You can check it out and follow it to get Apple Music and Rekordbox working.
Part 5. FAQs about Rekordbox Apple Music
Q1: Which Music Streaming Apps Work with Rekordbox?
A: There are some music services that Rekordbox supports. They are SoundCloud, Beatport, Beatsouce (Rekordbox 6 supports), and Tidal (Rekordbox 6 supports).
Q2: How Do I Transfer Music to Rekordbox?
A: You can directly drag and drop music files to Rekordbox. Or you can add music to iTunes and then connect Rekordbox to iTunes. For detailed steps, you can refer to Part 3.
Q3: Can You Use Apple Music with Rekordbox?
A: There is no official way, but you can use DRmare Apple Music Converter to convert Apple Music tracks as Rekordbox supported files, and then import them into Rekordbox.
Q4: Why Do I Get a Message of Rekordbox iTunes File Format Not Supported?
A: That's because the songs downloaded from iTunes/Apple Music are encoded in M4P format. But Rekordbox only supports importing audio files in MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, ALAC and AIFF formats. If you purchased songs from the iTunes store, they are AAC files and compatible with
Q5: How Can I Export Apple Music from Rekordbox DJ?
A: Step 1. Plug the USB stick into your computer. Then make a new folder in the USB stick to save exported Apple Music files from Rekordbox.
Step 2. Move to the top of the screen of the Playlist. And then choose the 'Export playlist' or 'Export tracks' option on Rekordbox.
Step 3. Select the name of the USB stick and the files will be transferred.
Step 4. At last, you can use Apple Music via USB stick on the devices supported USB stick.
Part 6. In Conclusion
Although Rekordbox does not have direct integration with Apple Music, you can convert Apple Music tracks to popular audio files and import them for use in Rekordbox. DRmare Audio Converter lets you easily convert Apple Music to MP3, AAC or other common files compatible with Rekordbox. It guarantees 100% lossless sound quality and full ID3 tags, so you'll have a great experience mixing and performing with Apple Music Rekordbox and DJ with Apple Music on any DJ app.