How to Transfer Apple Music to USB [2021 Updated]

By Noah Brown

Updated on May 17, 2021

If you are subscribing to Apple Music then you must be aware of the restriction that Apple company has put in place. The music from iTunes or Apple Music cannot be directly played on a device that is not connected to your Apple account. Moreover, Apple Music is not available once your subscription expires. So, you cannot continue to keep Apple Music after canceling your Apple Music subscription.

copy apple music to usb

But the most annoying thing is that all songs from Apple Music are limited by the format protection and cannot be copied to other devices for listening directly. The big question is can one transfer Apple Music to USB? Many users would like to do just that and the good news is that one can copy Apple Music to USB. Here we’ll uncover several ways to move Apple Music to USB.

Part 1. How to Get Apple Music on USB after Conversion

To be able to transfer Apple Music to USB, one must first remove the DRM protection from Apple Music and convert all protected Apple Music songs to the unprotected format. Hence, those third-party applications are available to crack Apple’s format protection. Here we do recommend Tunelf Audio Converter since it is by far the best Apple Music converter in the market.

1.1 Tool: Move Apple Music to USB

Functioning as an audio converter, TuneIf Audio Converter comes with many features that can handle the conversion of universal audios like MKA, OGG, WAV, and more and protected audios including Apple Music, iTunes audios, and Audible audiobooks to universal formats like MP3, AAC, FLAC, and more.

With a faster conversion speed of 30×, it can quickly complete the batch conversion of several audio files. It can also keep the original audio quality and ID3 tags after conversion. Then you can comfortably listen to Apple Music songs on any device after conversion. Go on reading the following contents, and we’ll show how to transfer Apple Music to USB.

Key Features of Tunelf Audio Converter

  • Remove built-in DRM protection from Audible, Apple Music, and iTunes
  • Convert Apple Music, iTunes audios, and Audible books to MP3 and more
  • Cut large Audible or iTunes audiobooks into small segments by chapters
  • Keep audios with ID3 tags and lossless audio quality at 30× faster speed

1.2 Tutorial: Copy Apple Music to USB

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use Tunelf Audio Converter to transfer Apple Music to USB. Follow these steps to easily transfer Apple Music to USB without pain. Before that, you first need to download and install Tunelf Audio Converter to your computer.

Step 1 Launch Tunelf tool and select music files to be converted 

add audio files to converter

To launch Tunelf Audio Converter on your computer, this action automatically loads iTunes immediately. Now add Apple Music songs to the program by simply clicking the Add icon. Another option of importing your desired Apple Music songs is by dragging them to the interface of the program. Currently, Tuneld Audio Converter allows for batch conversion of several files at a go with a faster conversion speed at 30×.

Step 2 Select the output audio format and set audio parameters

select output format

After loading all the audio files to the tool you can opt to edit the track information including title, album, artist, genre, and more or choose to adjust the volume of each track. Next, click the Format icon and start to configure the output audio parameter. There are six formats like MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, and M4B for you to choose from. You can also adjust other audio parameters like channel, codec, sample rate, and bit rate.

Step 3 Start to convert Apple Music to the selected format

convert apple music

After all your settings are done, you can now click the Convert button and Tunelf Audio Converter will begin to convert the imported Apple Music songs to MP3 or other audio formats you desire. After completing the conversion, you can click the Converted button at the top of the interface. Then you could browse all the converted button

Step 4 Copy the converted Apple Music songs to a USB drive

insert usb to the computer

Once Tunelf Audio Converter completed the conversion of Apple Music songs, you can easily transfer Apple Music to USB. Just navigate to the folder where you save the converted Apple Music songs and copy them to USB. The songs can now be listened to from any device compatible with the music format selected.

Part 2. How to Copy Music from iTunes to USB

Apple Music or iTunes is not only a music platform to access various music resources but also a good place to manage your music library. So, you are able to directly transfer songs from your music library in iTunes to a USB flash drive. As well, you can also move your purchased iTunes music to a USB.

However, those purchased iTunes music tracks can only be played within iTunes or Apple Music. You just back up them on your USB flash drive. Meanwhile, you cannot directly transfer streaming Apple Music songs to USB except for using an Apple Music Converter to convert Apple Music to MP3 first. Let’s see how to move music from iTunes to USB.

Transfer Music from iTunes to USB

1) Open iTunes for Windows on your PC then navigate to browse your music library.

2) Plug your USB drive into the computer and create a new folder for saving music.

3) Select the music you want to transfer to a USB and then drag them to the folder.

Copy Music from iTunes to USB

1) Open iTunes for Windows on your PC then find the music you want to move to a USB.

2) Right-click a song and choose the Song Info option then click the File menu.

3) At the bottom of the window, find the location where you save the music.

4) Open the storage path and then copy those music files to your USB drive.

Part 3. FAQs about Apple Music Download to USB

With the help of Tunelf Audio Converter, you have got Apple Music songs on USB, then you can freely use them on your device. If your music are unprotected files saved in iTunes, you can directly move them to a USB. At the same times, those purchased iTunes music can also be moved to a USB flash drive. But you would be curious about Apple Music to USB, and here are some answers to those frequently asked questions.

Q1. Can I transfer Apple Music to USB?

A: In fact, you cannot directly save Apple Music to USB because all songs from Apple Music are streaming contents not compatible with other devices and platforms. To move Apple Music to USB, you could use the aforementioned method, that is, to use Apple Music Converter. Then you don’t need to worry about how to export Apple Music to a USB drive.

Q2. Where can you play Apple Music with a USB?

A: After successfully transferring Apple Music to a USB, you can play Apple Music with a USB on those devices coming with a USB port. Those devices such as smart TVs, PS4, Xbox One, smart speakers, and more all support playing music from a USB with the built-in media player. The greatest thing is that you can play Apple Music in the car via USB.

Q3. How long could I keep those Apple Music song in a USB?

A: You do keep those Apple Music songs on a USB forever. After using an Apple Music Converter, you do convert Apple Music to the format supported by the USB drive. This means those Apple Music songs are saved as the common format. So, even though you cancel your Apple Music subscription, you can still hold those music files.


Apple Music is a very good source of online music. But with the coming of TuneIf Audio Converter, one can transfer Apple Music to USB after conversion from one format to playable formats. How to transfer Apple Music to USB has been made easy since the converted music is easily saved on the desktop. From there, you can then copy Apple Music songs to USB without losing audio quality. What’s more, one can listen to the converted music on any compatible device forever.

4 replies on “How to Transfer Apple Music to USB [2021 Updated]”

James Barns ON

please help! The “apple gods” will NOT let me use this much needed program!

Liam Garcia ON

About your problem, you can contact our support team through [email protected] for help. We will try to solve your problem as soon as possible.

James Barns ON

After reading about your exciting new (to me) program I immediately downloaded it and opened it and quickly agreed to said legal blah blah blah, only to find the ever so imposing “Apple stop right there” sign post that no longer allows me to open and USE your much needed program to copy music from my Mac to my usb device. Please help for work around program that actually does convert with out the blessing of the “Apple gods”!!!!!!! thanks James

Liam Garcia ON

By default, the security and privacy preferences of your Mac are set to allow apps from the App Store. So, you change this option, then you can open Tunelf software.
1) Open System Preference.
2) Go to the Security & Privacy tab.
3) Click on the Lock icon and enter your administrator password so you can make changes.
4) Change the settings from App Store to App Store and identified developers under the header Allow apps downloaded from. Then try to launch Tunelf software on your computer again.

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