Q: "I enjoy listening to Apple Music on my iPhone regularly and have built up tons of playlists. I was wondering if I could easily download all of those Apple Music playlists to my Mac? Really don't want to have to repeat this process again."
Fortunately, with the release of macOS Catalina (10.15) and later, Apple Music is now available as a standalone app separate from iTunes. As a result, listening to Apple Music on Mac is much easier than before. When Apple Music Sync Library is turned on, you can easily access your full music library. You can then download music directly in the Music app on your Mac. Read on and learn how to download Apple Music to Mac. Even better, you'll learn how to download Apple Music to MP3 on Mac to listen to your favorite tracks anywhere and save them forever.
Part 1. How to Download Music on Apple Music on Mac
How to download Apple Music to Macbook? The Apple Music App works on macOS 10.15 or later, so make sure you've updated macOS to 10.15 or later. Then you can easily find the pre-installed Music app on your Mac/Macbook. Please note that Apple Music is a subscription-based music service, so you need to subscribe to Apple Music. Now follow the steps below to learn how to download songs from Apple Music on Mac.
Step 1. Open the Music app on your Mac. Then find the music you want to download.
Step 2. Click on the '+Add' button next to the item to add it to your library. (Or you can click on the 'Three Dots' icon and select 'Add to Library'.)
Step 3. Then you can click the 'Down Arrow' to start downloading Apple Music on Mac. (Or you can click on the 'Three Dots' icon and select 'Download'.)
Step 4. After downloading, you can go to 'Your Library' to find all downloaded songs and listen to Apple Music offline on your Mac.
Part 2. How to Download Apple Music on Mac as MP3 Files
You can easily download Apple Music to Mac for offline listening. However, downloaded songs are only available on the Apple Music app and you cannot move them to other devices. And once your subscription ends, you will no longer have access to these downloaded songs. This is because Apple Music decrypts its music and the songs are encoded in M4P format, which can only be accessed on Apple Music or iTunes.
Therefore, you'd better use DRmare Apple Music Downloader for Mac to download Apple Music to MP3 files on Mac. It uses advanced technology to get rid of any limitations of Apple Music songs and enables you to play them on any player on Mac such as VLC player, etc. You can also transfer downloads to any other device such as MP3 players, smart speakers, cars, etc. Even better, you can keep downloaded playlists forever and listen to them after unsubscribing.
DRmare Apple Music Downloader for Mac
Please click the 'Download' button above to install DRmare Apple Music Converter for Mac. It is free for you to try. Then you just need 3 steps to download Apple Music on Mac.
- Step 1Import Apple Music tracks
- Please follow the steps in Part 1 to download Apple Music to Mac. Then open DRmare Apple Music Converter and drag & drop tracks from your iTunes library or your computer. Alternatively, you can click the "+" button to add them from your Mac Finder.
- Step 2Set new parameters for Apple Music
- The source Apple Music files are in M4P special format. To make them playable without Apple Music, you can choose another universal format such as MP3, M4A, AAC by clicking the 'format' icon from the bottom right of the DRmare software. Among all the formats, the MP3 format is supported best.
- Step 3Download Apple Music as MP3 on Mac
- At last, you just need to tap "Convert" to batch download all your Apple Music tracks on your Mac computer. This is quick and effortless. Once finished, you can click on the 'History' icon to locate and listen to Apple Music without any restrictions. Then you can enjoy Apple Music without a subscription on any device with any music player.
Part 3. How to Find Downloaded Apple Music Files on Mac
You can easily download Apple Music on Mac for offline listening with the methods above. But can you find it in your local folder? Yes, follow the steps below.
View also: Where Does Apple Music Download to
1. Downloading through Apple Music App
Find Apple Music Downloads on App
Once downloaded songs, you can find them in 'Your Library' and listen to them offline.
You can also only play downloaded songs to save data usage. To do that, click on 'View' > 'Only downloaded Music'.
Locate Apple Music Downloads on Mac
Step 1. Open the Music app and find a downloaded song in your library.
Step 2. Choose a downloaded song and select 'Song' > 'Info' and you can see its storage location.
Step 3. Then click on the 'File' tab and you can see the downloaded location at the bottom.
Or you can select 'File' > 'Show in Finder' to open the song in Finder.
2. Downloading through DRmare Apple Music Converter
However, please note that while you can find downloaded files on your Mac, you cannot move them to other devices. This is due to Apple Music's digital rights management. To listen to Apple Music anytime and anywhere without subscription, you need to unprotect Apple Music with the help of DRmare Apple Music Downloader.
After downloading Apple Music songs with the DRmare software, here is how you can find them.
On the DRmare Apple Music Converter, you can click on the 'History' icon at the bottom which shows a red tip to view and listen to Apple Music offline on the software. You can also click the 'Converted' folder to view the downloaded files on your Mac.
Part 4. In Conclusion
The Apple Music app is available on macOS 10.15 or later, so you can now easily download Apple Music on your Mac for offline listening. However, there are some limitations, such as all downloaded songs will disappear after the subscription ends, you cannot transfer downloaded content to other devices, etc. Therefore, we recommend you to use DRmare Apple Music Converter to convert Apple Music to MP3 files and store them on your Mac. This way, you can listen to Apple Music without a subscription and move your downloads wherever you want.