Apple Music tracks are under DRM copy protection in MP4 format that you can’ burn Apple Music to CD directly. This article guides you to convert Apple Music tracks to MP3 or M4A format, helping you 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 for enjoying. However, for Apple Music lovers, it not a straightforward though to burn Apple Music tracks/playlists to CD directly 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.

Part 1. Why can’t I 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. TunesBank – Best Tool for Burning Apple Music to CD

TunesBank Apple Music Converter is the best Apple Music to CD Burner. Its aims to help you break the DRM protection and convert Apple Music tracks to MP3, M4A, AC3, ACC, FLAC, AIFF, AU, etc. for saving as local files on computer. After which you can burn them 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 Convert 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 iTunes app will be opened automatically.

launch the converter and sign in Apple ID

Step 2. Import Apple Music Tracks to TunesBank
Now you can see that its design is somewhat similar to the iTunes interface. Click “Playlist” in the left panel, then you can select the songs you want to burn a CD in the right panel.

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

Go to the bottom of the interface, here you can adjust the output settings like output quality, output path, bit rate, channels, etc.

customize output settings

Step 4. Save Apple Music Tracks to Local Drive
It’s time to get MP3/M4A Apple Music songs to your hard drvie, simply press on “Convert” button, then wait for it complete. During the conversion process, if you missed some songs, please rest assured, you can return to the “Library” and add more songs to the “Converting” list.

Convert Apple Music to MP3

Once done, you can find the converted MP3/M4A files in “Finished” section, tab “View Output File” button to open the output folder.

get Apple Music MP3 files

Extract Tips: After saving Apple Music MP3 songs on your hard drive, you can also move them to your iPhone, iPod, Android, PSP, Zune, MP3 player, etc.

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