"I enjoy listening Apple Music, however, I don't have internet access from my car when I am driving. So I'd like to burn an Apple Music CD for offline listening. I tried to generate an Apple Music playlist and choose the option "Burn Playlist to Disc" from iTunes. It doesn't seem to work as the option is grey out. Anyone has any ideas on this?"
Unlike iTunes music, the option to burn a CD is removed from Apple Music songs. Although Apple Music has over 40 millions of songs online, sometimes it is just not so convenient to get access to it If you have an old iPod, portable CD player etc. without internet connection. You may not use it to play the M4P songs directly. Please don't worry, here I will explore the reason and offer a best workaround solution download Apple Music to CD.
Part 1. What You Need to Burn Purchased Apple Music to CD
As you know, Apple Music was developed to compete with the raising streaming audio services such as Spotify, Amazon Unlimited, Google Play Music and so on. It charges users about $10 monthly subscription fee to access over 40 millions of songs. This does change the way people enjoy music. You can listen to the songs freely with the internet connection. But you can't copy or transfer the files elsewhere such as CD, USB, SD card for offline playback with the digital rights management protection. According to Apple official, if burning Apple Music to CD is allowed, it will lose control of its streaming service. Even if users unsubscribe the membership later, they will still have access to the files. On the other hand, this protection prevents legal users to listen to the songs freely too.
Well, this doesn't make much sense. As a paid user, we should get best use of our songs. In this case, you may either repurchase the DRM free songs from iTunes store to burn iTunes music to CD or get rid of the DRM encryption with a third party software. For the former solution, although it works to some extent, I don't recommend it at all. The reason is obvious. Why should I buy the songs repeatedly considering that I have already paid for the streaming service? For the latter solution, you can use a free audio record to record the songs if you only want to burn CDs occasionally and don't care about the speed, quality so much. Else you should get a professional Apple Music downloader if you are willing to pay a few dollars to save your precious time.
DRmare iTunes DRM Audio Converter for Mac/Windows is an user-friendly streaming audio recorder. It enables you to convert protected Apple Music M4P to DRM free MP3 files in an elegant way. Compared to the average tools, it not only runs much more quickly but also has more superior audio quality.
Part 2. Convert Apple Music M4P to MP3 for Burning CDs in iTunes
In order to burn Apple Music songs to CD, you need to remove protection from the M4P files first. DRmare Audio Converter is designed for personal use only, it is completely legal to break DRM protection, so please feel free to use it. For the Windows version, it runs at 30X faster speed. For the Mac version, it may not have 30X speed as Mac 10.13 High Sierra has a deepest encryption, but still much quicker than average converters in the market.
Step 1Add M4P playlists
You can click the '+' menu from the bottom left, then it will open a media browser with all of your Apple Music songs and playlists. Please choose all the songs you want to convert and click 'Add' button. Note: All the files need to be authorized to play well on iTunes, else they may not be imported.
Step 2Adjust the audio parameters (optional)
DRmare has set "MP3" as the default output format. It is a most popular format for audio files with best quality for the same size. We'd suggest you to keep this default "MP3" format so that you can burn the converted files to MP3 music CDs later. If you'd like to make the songs more personalized, you can also adjust the codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate, edit ID3 tags and much more.
Step 3Export to DRM free files
At last, you can choose an output folder and slightly tap the 'Convert' button, DRmare Apple Music Converter will start to strip DRM protection and encode M4P format to new common audio files. When it is done, you can click the output folder icon to locate and use them as you want.
Step 4Generate a new playlist
Now you can drag and drop the converted files to import to the iTunes. Then click "File" menu > "New" > "Playlist" to select the Apple Music files which you want to add to the playlist. A standard CD has 700M space, generally you can burn about dozens of songs to a CD. If you have too many songs, you can also create several playlists for different discs.
Step 5Burn playlists to CD
You can insert a physical CD into the CD-Rom of your computer and right click no the playlist > Choose "Burn Playlist to Disc" > "Burn" to create an Apple Music CD directly. It takes a few minutes according to your computer performance, please wait patiently. If your computer doesn't have a CD/DVD Rom, you can also use an external portable CD-Rom.