Do you want to burn Apple Music to CD? This article teach you how to convert Apple Music tracks to MP3 or M4A format, then you can burn Apple Music songs to a CD with iTunes easily.

“When I burn Apple Music playlist to CD on iTunes, it reminded me that ‘the track is an Apple Music song and cannot be burned to disc’. Why Apple Music won’t burn to disc? How to burn Apple Music tracks to audio CD? Thanks.”

It’s quite easy to burn your local songs to CD. However, if you want to burn Apple Music onto a CD, it not a straightforward though to burn Apple Music tracks/playlists to CD in iTunes. You may ask “Why can’t I burn a CD from my iTunes library?” or “How do I burn Apple Music to a CD for free”. Check it out, here you will find the answers. After that, you are able to enjoy your favourite Apple Music tracks on a CD with ease.

Because all Apple Music tracks are under DRM copy protection in MP4 format, and you can’ burn Apple Music to CD directly. To burn Apple Music to CD, you need to remove Apple Music DRM and convert Apple Music to plain audio format like MP3.

Part 1. Why I Can’t Burn Apple Music to CD directly?

Many Apple users felt confused why they failed to burn Apple Music playlist onto CD. When they burn Apple Music tracks or playlist to CD on iTunes, they received such message like “Some of the files cannot be burned to an Audio CD. Do you still want to burn the remainder of this playlist?”. Disappointed?

apple music won't burn to disc

In fact, Apple Music is a music streaming service similar to Spotify. In order to prevent users from canceling the subscription after transferring Apple Music to their devices, Apple put FairPlay DRM into Apple Music. Now, the Apple Music songs you listen to are all in the protected .m4p format. Sadly, you don’t own a copy of the music even you subscribed it. So you can’t burn Apple Music M4P songs to a CD. To get this job done, you need to ask the third party converter for help, such as TunesBank Apple Music Converter.

Part 2. How to Download and Burn Apple Music to CD

TunesBank Apple Music Converter is the best Apple Music downloader and converter. Its aims to help you download Apple Music to computer, convert Apple Music tracks to MP3, M4A, WAV and FLAC, and save Apple Music songs as local files on computer. After saving Apple Music as local MP3 files, you can burn Apple Music into a CD with ease, or even sync Apple Music to iPod for enjoying! Better than other music converters, its conversion speed on Mac is up to 5 times, while Windows version is up to 10 times. For Apple lovers, it also lets you convert iTunes Music, iTunes Audiobook and Audible Audiobook to common formats. Moreover, it does a job on keeping the original audio quality and ID3 tags after conversion.


  • A computer running MacOS or Windows;
  • Latest version of iTunes installed;
  • TunesBank Apple Music Converter;
  • A blank CD disk

Steps to Download Apple Music to MP3 with TunesBank

Step 1. Install and Launch TunesBank Apple Music Converter
Download and install TunesBank Apple Music Converter on your Mac or PC. After it, please launch the software and sign with your Apple ID.

launch the converter and sign in Apple ID

Step 2. Add Apple Music Tracks for Downloading
As the program has a built-in Apple Music web player, you can directly play and download any tracks, playlist and albums you want, please open a playlist and click “+” icon to add songs into the converting list.

add Apple Music playlist

Step 3. Adjust Output Settings
To burn Apple Music songs to CDs, here you can select MP3 or M4A as the output format.

Select MP3 Output Formats

In this setting interface, you can also select other output settings, such as output music quality, output path, bit rate, channels, etc.

customize output settings

Step 4. Downoad Apple Music Tracks to Computer
It’s time to save Apple Music songs to your hard drvie in the computer, simply press on “Convert” button, then wait for it complete.

Convert Apple Music to MP3

Once done, please click the tab “View Output File” button and open the output folder, you will get the local MP3 music files on computer.

get Apple Music MP3 files

Extract Tips: After saving Apple Music MP3 songs on your hard drive, you can also transfer them to your iPhone, iPod, Android, PSP, Zune or MP3 player for listening freely.

Part 3. Burn Apple Music MP3 Tracks to CD with iTunes

Great! You got the unprotected Apple Music songs on your local computer. Now, it is time to burn Apple Music onto a CD disk with iTunes. Please close both TunesBank Apple Music Converter and iTunes before you start. You can refer to the following guides.

Step 1. Launch iTunes, click on “File” > “Add Files to Library…” to import the converted MP3 or M4A music files to iTunes library.

Step 2. Now create a new playlist, tap on “File” > “New” > “Playlist”, and type a name for it. Then drag and drop the converted files into this newly created playlist.

create new playlist on itunes

Step 3. Insert a blank CD into the drive and wait for the disc to be recognized. Right-click on the new playlist and select “Burn Playlist to Disc”.

burn apple music songs to cd

It will pop up a small window that allows you to select the Preferred Speed, Disk Format for burning CD.

burn apple music to a cd

Step 4. Click “Burn” and wait for it to complete. Once done, eject the disc and take the CD out.

Now, you can play Apple Music on a CD anytime! It’s so great that you can insert the CD into the car player and enjoy Apple Music!

Burn Apple Music to CD


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