Apple Music is an excellent music streaming platform where users can stream over 100 million songs and 30,000 playlists online and offline. However, there are some times when you want to add local files to Apple Music for playing. The local audio files, including sound recordings, purchased music files, demos, and original audio files, stored on your devices are not included in the music collection of Apple Music. While switching from one media player to another is knotty, you can try to add local files to Apple Music on your device. Here is a quick look at how to upload local files to Apple Music. Let’s check out now.
Part 1. Can You Add Local Files to Apple Music?
Like Spotify and Amazon Music, Apple Music provides the function to add your local files. It’s easy to upload local files to Apple Music on a Mac. If you use a Windows computer, you can also upload your local files to iTunes, then you can sync your local files to Apple Music on your iPhone or other Apple devices. However, all subscribers to Apple Music cannot access local files on an Android device as the Apple Music for Android app doesn’t allow users to upload and sync local files.
What kinds of local files are compatible with Apple Music?
Not all local files can be imported into Apple Music. There are several music formats, including MP3, M4A, and AAC, compatible with Apple Music. If you plan to upload local files to Apple Music, you need to check the audio format of your local files. Make sure that your local files are compatible with Apple Music.
Can you add local files to Apple Music without computer?
No, you cannot directly upload your local files to Apple Music on an iPhone or other Apple devices. You are only allowed to sync your local files you’ve uploaded into Apple Music from your computer to your iPhone. So, you need a computer to complete the uploading of local files to Apple Music.
Is it possible to upload local files to Apple Music on Android devices?
No, it isn’t. The Apple Music for Android app doesn’t support directly uploading local files. What’s more, all the local files you’ve uploaded into Apple Music on your computer cannot be synced to your Android device.
Part 2. How to Put Local Files on Apple Music for PC/Mac
You can enjoy your local audio files together with Apple Music on multiple devices. Here is a guide on how to upload local files to Apple Music on a computer. You can follow the instructions below to add local audio files to Apple Music whether you are using a Windows PC or a Mac. The only thing you should consider is a subscription to Apple Music. Let’s get started.
2.1 Add Your Own Music to Apple Music on a Windows PC
Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer if you have iTunes installed.
Step 2. Click File at the top menu of iTunes, then select Add File to Library or Add Folder to Library.
Step 3. In the pop-up window, navigate to the folder where you store your local files.
Step 4. Simply select the audio files you want to add and click the Open button to upload.
Step 5. After uploading your local files, go to click the Recently Added button.
2.2 Add Your Own Music to Apple Music on a Mac
Step 1. Open the Music app on your Mac computer.
Step 2. Click the File > Import, then there will pop up a window.
Step 3. Head to the folder where you store your own songs and select any music file.
Step 4. Click the Open button to upload your selected music files to Apple Music.
Step 5. Go back to Apple Music and click the Recently Added button.
Now you can freely play your own music in Apple Music. Also, you can create a playlist to save your own songs. In addition to playing your own music, you can change the song information, including the artwork, album, genre, and so on.
Part 3. How to Add Local Files on Apple Music Somewhere Else
As Apple Music doesn’t support directly uploading local music files, you have to add your own songs to Apple Music on a computer first. You can follow the above steps to upload your local music files. Then you can sync your local files to your iPhone or other Apple devices.
3.1 How to Make Apple Music Sync Local Files
Make sure that you have uploaded your own songs to Apple Music on your computer. Then you can perform the following steps to make Apple Music sync local files on your computer.
In the Music App for Mac: Make Apple Music Sync Local Files
Step 1. In the Music app, click the Music button from the top menu.
Step 2. Select Settings, and you’ll see the General window.
Step 3. Under General, select the box next to Sync Library. All the local music files you’ve uploaded on your computer will appear on your other devices after syncing with the cloud.
In the iTunes App for Windows: Make Apple Music Sync Local Files
Step 1. In the iTunes app, click File > Preferences, there you’ll find the General Preferences window.
Step 2. Under General, tick the box next to iCloud Music Library. After you select it, all local files you’ve uploaded will be synced on your devices.
3.2 How to Sync Local Files in Apple Music
After turning iCloud Music Library on, you can access the local files you’ve added on your other devices. Here’s how to get local files on Apple Music iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.
In the Settings App: Get Local Files on Apple Music iPhone/iPad
Step 1. Locate Settings on your iPhone and scroll to tap Music.
Step 2. Turn Sync Library on, then quit the Settings app.
Step 3. Open Apple Music, head to Library, and find your local files in Recently Added.
In the Watch App: Get Local Files on Apple Music for Apple Watch
Step 1. Launch the Watch app on your iPhone, then tap My Watch > Music.
Step 2. Below Playlists & Albums, tap Add Music.
Step 3. Select your local music files to sync to your Apple Watch.
Part 4. How to Download Apple Music to MP3 for Keeping Forever
Generally, to download Apple Music for offline playback, you have to subscribe to Apple Music. But as all Apple Music songs are encoded with AAC protection format, you can only keep your downloaded songs for playing during the subscription. Once your subscription expires, all the downloaded songs will be greyed out. Therefore, is it possible to download Apple Music songs locally for keeping forever? Actually, the answer is yes! As long as you use Tunelf Audio Converter, these obstacles can all be removed.
Tunelf Audio Converter is a professional audio converter that has gained popularity in recent years. It can deal with three special kinds of audio files, including Apple Music audio, iTunes audio, and Audible audiobook. With the help of Tunelf software, you can remove DRM from Apple Music easily and convert Apple Music into six popular audio formats like MP3. After conversion, you can play Apple Music songs on any device or through any media player. In this way, you can directly use the preinstalled media player on your device to play Apple Music.
Key Features of Tunelf Audio Converter
- Convert Apple Music to MP3, WAV, FLAC, AAC, and other audio formats
- Remove DRM from Apple Music, iTunes audios, and Audible audiobooks
- Preserve the converted audio with lossless audio quality and ID3 tags
- Support the conversion of audio format at a 30× faster speed in batch
Step 1 Select Apple Music Songs to Download
As Tunelf software will be working with iTunes, download and install iTunes on your computer in advance. When you open Tunelf Audio Converter, iTunes will automatically work at the same time. You can click the Load iTunes Library button on the top of the main screen, then you can browse your Apple Music library. Just select the songs you want to download and convert. Or you can directly drag and drop your downloaded Apple Music songs to the converter.
Step 2 Customize the Output Audio Settings
Now in the interface of the converter, you can click the Format panel and choose MP3 or other audio format as the output audio format. According to your needs, you can also set other audio parameters like the codec, channel, sample rate, and bit rate. The MP3 audio format is set as the default output format. If you don’t want to change the parameters, you can skip this step.
Step 3 Go to Download Apple Music to MP3
To initiate the conversion of Apple Music, you only need to click the Convert button. Then Tunelf Audio Converter will start downloading and converting your selected Apple Music songs. All the converted Apple Music songs will be saved to the default converted folder on your computer. You can click the Converted button and use the Search feature to locate the folder.
In the above content, we’ve explained how to add local files to Apple Music on multiple devices. But you have to keep your subscription to constantly enjoy your local files in Apple Music. Another option is to download your Apple Music songs locally. Then you can upload your downloaded Apple Music songs and local files to other media players like VLC Media Player or Poweramp. It is easy for you to manage them in your library through those professional media players. If you have some tips to share with us, feel free to leave your comment below.
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