Apple Music is one of the most popular streaming services for iOS users. Since the launch of Apple Music for Android, more and more people are enjoying playing music on it. It allows free access to millions of songs online. But can you listen to Apple Music offline?
Yes. If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you can use Apple Music offline mode. Or, you can buy your favorite Apple Music and enjoy it without an Internet connection. So in this article, we'll show you how to listen to Apple Music offline on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows devices, with or without a subscription.
Part 1. How to Use Apple Music Offline Mode with a Subscription
Does Apple Music work offline? Sure. Apple Music allows subscribers to download tracks and albums from its catalog and keep them offline on their devices. This means that users can listen to their downloaded Apple Music even when they don't have an internet connection.
However, it's important to note that the ability to download and use Apple Music offline is tied to the subscription to Apple Music. Therefore, maintaining a paid subscription is necessary to continue accessing and keeping the downloaded music offline.
If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can make Apple Music play offline simply by following these steps.
Step 1. Sign in to iTunes or Apple Music app with your account name and password.
Step 2. Search for the songs, albums, or playlists that you want to listen to offline. Then click the "+" button (the cloud symbol) to add them to your iTunes library.
Step 3. From your library, click the "Download" icon beside the songs. Then Apple Music will be downloaded to Windows/Mac and they are ready for listening offline.
Step 4. Now you can locate your downloaded songs on "Recently Added" and play them offline.
Step 1. Launch and log in to the Apple Music app from your iOS/Android device.
Step 2. Press and hold a song, playlist, or album you like to use offline. Then click on the "Add to Library" button.
Step 3. When the song is loaded into your library, click on the "Download" icon to make Apple Music available offline.
Step 4. To find the downloaded offline Apple Music songs, click the "Library" section in the Apple Music app. Then choose the "Downloaded Music" option from the list.
🔎 Note: You can turn on iCloud Music Library and then turn it back on to make sure your downloaded songs can be synced to your library automatically.
Part 2. How to Listen to Apple Music Offline after Purchasing
Apple Music is a subscription service for listening to music in the Apple Music library, while purchasing music from the iTunes Store allows you to own the music and listen to it offline. Therefore, if you want to own and listen to specific Apple songs offline, you can buy iTunes music from the iTunes Store and then download them to your device for offline listening.
Step 1. Access iTunes on your Windows computer and then choose "Music" and then "Store".
Step 2. Choose "Purchased" > "Music" to view all your purchased songs.
Step 3. Locate the song you bought in your iTunes music library and click on the "Download" button, then you can easily enable Apple Music offline mode.
Step 1. Find the audio tracks you want to play offline on the Apple Music app.
Step 2. Hit on the "iTunes Store" button. Then click on the "price" icon next to it and sign in to your account to pay.
Step 3. Get the music track in your music library and hit on the "Download" button to download Apple Music for offline listening.
For iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch
Step 1. Launch the iTunes Store app from your iOS device and then click on the "Music" button.
Step 2. Choose the song you like and hit on the "price" icon.
Step 3. Log in to your Apple Music account.
Step 4. Head to the Apple Music app. Then hit on "Library" and the "Download" icon to make Apple Music available offline on iOS devices.
Part 3. How to Play Apple Music Offline without a Subscription
The above ways require you to stay subscribed to Apple Music or purchase the songs. Moreover, songs downloaded from Apple Music can only be played on authorized devices. That's to say, you can't play Apple Music offline on your other desired devices or platforms.
So, to make Apple Music offline anywhere, DRmare Audio Converter is a great tool for you. This program can help download and convert Apple Music songs to plain audio files like FLAC, MP3, AAC and more. The downloaded tracks can be used offline on any device even if your subscription expires.
Besides, you can alter the bit rate and more audio parameters for Apple Music songs as you want. Moreover, this software can convert different sources of media files like Audible audiobooks, iTunes audio files, and common songs. To learn more about it, you can take a look at its top features below.
DRmare Apple Music Downloader
- Batch download and convert Apple Music songs without any limitation
- Convert Apple Music to MP3 for listening on any other devices and players
- Advanced lossless audio encoding technology and 5X background acceleration
- Keep ID3 tags, metadata, album cover, archive your songs by artist/album
How to Download Apple Music for Offline Playback Anywhere
- Step 1Import Apple Music songs to DRmare program
- Open the DRmare Audio Converter. Then click on the "Add files" button to locate the downloaded Apple Music songs you want to play offline from your iTunes library. Next, choose and add the target song to the DRmare main screen for converting.
- Step 2Change output parameters for Apple Music
- The original Apple Music M4P files are encrypted. So, to use Apple Music offline with any device, you should choose a universal audio format. Just navigate to the "Audio" icon on the DRmare program and hit on it. Then a "Format Setting" window will appear. Here you can start to choose the output format as MP3, M4A and so on. Also, you can make changes to the codec, bit rate and more.
- Step 3Convert and make Apple Music listen offline anywhere
- Next, click the big "Convert" button, it will help you unlock all your Apple Music in batches. When it is done, you can keep Apple Music forever and listen to them on your computer even without an Internet connection. Besides, all the converted songs can be transferred to any device to play offline without a subscription.
Part 4. How to Fix Apple Music Offline Not Working
"I am using iPhone 13 to stream music on Apple Music but recently having issues. The problem is downloaded Apple Music not playing offline. It prompts me with the message 'content not authorized'. Why won't my Apple Music play offline?"
Actually, the problem with 'Apple Music offline not working' has been discussed in forums. If you have such a problem, the following solutions should help you use Apple Music offline again.
💥 Way 1: Update Your Device to the Latest iOS Version
If your iOS device doesn't update to the latest version, then you need to update to solve the issue.
Step 1. Open the "Settings" app on your iOS device. And then click on the "General" followed by "Software Update".
Step 2. Check whether there is an update option available for your device. If yes, then click on the "Download and Install" option to update.
💥 Way 2: Restore Your Device with iTunes
Restoring the device with iTunes has fixed the problem of 'Apple Music not working offline' for some users. So, you can also try this way.
Step 1. Connect your iOS device to your computer via the USB cable.
Step 2. Open iTunes on your computer and hit on your device.
Step 3. Touch the "Summary" option. Then find and hit on the "Restore iPhone" option. After that, your iPhone will be restored soon.
💥 Way 3: Turn on the iCloud Music Library
Step 1. Open the "Settings" app on your iOS device. Then click on the "Music" option.
Step 2. Turn off the "iCloud Music Library" option on the next screen.
Step 3. Now, back to the main interface of the "Settings" app. Next, click on the "General" followed by "Reset".
Step 4. Choos the "Reset All Settings" option to reset your device.
Step 5. Open your device is reset, repeat step 1 to turn on the "iCloud Music Library" option.
Step 6. Open the "Apple Music" app on your iOS device and you will see your music here.
Step 7. Click on the "download" option to download the music tracks for listening offline.
💥 Way 4: Log Out and Log Back into Apple Music
Since Apple ID is used to sign in Apple Music, you can try to log out and then log back into Apple Music. It may help you fix the downloaded Apple Music not playing offline issue.
Step 1. Open the "Apple Music" app on your iOS device.
Step 2. Navigate to "Settings" and then tap on "your account" > "iTunes & App Store".
Step 3. Tap on your ID and choose "Sign Out".
Step 4. Then log back into your account and see if the problem is resolved.
Part 5. FAQs about Apple Music Offline Listening
Q1: Is Apple Music Offline Free?
A: No, Apple Music doesn't have a free plan. You need a subscription to listen to Apple Music offline.
Q2: How long can Apple Music be offline?
A: Apple Music subscribers can listen to music offline as long as they maintain their paid subscription. According to the Apple Support Community, offline music can be played for at least 30 days without an internet connection. However, users should regularly check Apple's official support resources for the most current information on offline listening duration.
Q3: How Many Songs Can You Download Offline on Apple Music?
A: There is no limit to the number of songs you can download offline for Apple Music. However, your device's storage space may limit the number of songs you can download. You can also upload up to 100,000 songs to Apple's iCloud music library. Songs purchased from iTunes or Apple Music do not count against this limit.
Q4: Can I Play Apple Music on Apple Watch Offline?
A: Yes. Open the Apple Music app on your Apple Watch. If you haven't installed it, simply go to the App Store and search for it. Then tap on "Library" and find the track you want to listen to offline. Open the track and tap on the "three dots" to choose "Download". Your desired song will be downloaded and after that, you can listen to Apple Music on Apple Watch offline.
Q5: Do I Lose My Offline Music If I Cancel Apple Music?
A: Yes. Once you cancel your Apple Music subscription, you won't be able to access to the songs you have downloaded. So, if you'd like to keep your favorite Apple Music songs, you can use DRmare Apple Music Downloader. It enables you to download music from Apple Music and keep them as unprotected files on your computer. For detailed operating steps, you can go to Part 3.
Part 6. Summary
If you want to enjoy Apple Music offline, there are different options available depending on your circumstances. If you have a subscription, using the built-in offline mode is the easiest way. For those who prefer purchasing music, downloading purchased songs is the way to go. If you want to listen Apple Music offline without a subscription on any device, using DRmare Apple Music Converter is a viable solution, although it may come at a cost. Choose the method that suits your needs and start enjoying your favorite tunes anytime, anywhere.