How to Transfer iTunes Songs, Apple Music to USB Drive

Summary
Can you transfer Apple Music from iTunes to USB drive directly? This article aims to introduce you a perfect workaround to convert DRM-ed Apple Music to MP3 and other common formats, then you can transfer music from iTunes to USB drive without restrictions.

“Is it possible to transfer Apple Music from iTunes to USB stick? There are too many contents in my iTunes library and I want to move music from iTunes to USB flash drive to free up my space. Any body help?”

iTunes is a free App that can manage your music library, support music video playback, music purchases, sync files to devices and burn songs to CD. And it’s the default program for managing music on iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod. Exactly, it’s not hard to imagine that your iTunes music collection may take up a lot of hard drive space. Have you considered saving the iTunes library on external drive to free up disk space? Well, USB flash drive is a great choice to store and back up music, transfer songs between devices, or play music on devices that support USB drives like TVs, cars, speakers, etc. So how can you transfer music from iTunes to USB flash drive? Keep reading this article, you will learn 3 ways to move music from iTunes to USB stick.

Part 1: Transfer Music from iTunes to USB Drive

If you want to transfer local songs without DRM restriction to USB drive, you can add them to iTunes library and transfer via iTunes. Then you can move music from iTunes to USB stick, SD card, or burn to CD directly. Please make sure the songs you want to transfer are DRM-free formats, like MP3 ,M4A, WAV and other common formats. When you copy them to USB drive through iTunes, the mouse will display a “+” sign, indicating that those songs can be copied directly to USB stick. Next, we will learn more about how to transfer music from iTunes to USB drive.

copy itunes songs to usb drive

Step 1. Insert the USB drive into computer and it will be detected by computer automatically. Then open the USB folder through the pop-up window.

Step 2. Run iTunes App and select the songs or playlists to be transferred, please make sure they are DRM-free audio files.

mp3 songs in itunes

There are 4 ways to select the songs you want to transfer in the iTunes library:

#1 Only one song to be transferred to USB flash drive, just click that song.

local songs itunes library

#2 To move a series of songs to USB drive, click the first one, then hold ‘Shift’ key, then click the last one.

#3 To transfer some unordered songs, hold ‘CTRL’ key and click each song you want.

#4 To copy all the songs in one playlist, click any of one, press ‘CTRL’ + ‘A’.

Step 3. After choosing, you can directly drag them from iTunes library to USB drive’s folder.

transfer itunes music to usb drive

Just wait a moment, you can get the songs exported from iTunes library in your USB flash drive.

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Tip:The process of copying music from iTunes to USB stick will not change anything in your iTunes library.

Part 2: Transfer iTunes Playlist to USB Drive on PC/Mac

The first method we mentioned above is suitable for transferring one or several songs from iTunes to USB flash drive. In this part, we will introduce a method to transfer iTunes playlist to USB drive by finding the location of iTunes files.

Step 1. Open iTunes App, hit “Advanced” > “iTunes Media Folder Location” to view files location. And copy that path.

itunes music location

Step 2. Open ‘Finder’ on Mac/ ‘File Explorer’ on Windows, paste that path and search it. The “iTunes Media” folder will be showed up and you can find the songs you want in the “Music” folder.

locate itunes music files

Step 3. Plug the USB stick to your Mac/PC computer. Copy all the songs in the “Music” folder under “iTunes Media” folder and paste them to USB drive’s folder. After that, the songs were successfully transferred from iTunes to USB stick.

transfer itunes musci to usb

Part 3: Transfer Apple Music from iTunes to USB Drive

By understanding Part 1 and Part 2, you can learn how to transfer local songs to USB via iTunes library. However, Apple Music songs can’t be transferred from iTunes to USB drive. That’s because all Apple Music tracks are encoded by DRM encryption, which prevent users from downloading and copying the Apple Music songs to non-Apple-authorization devices. In other words, you can only play Apple Music on On computers, phones and tablets that subscribe to Apple Music services.

If you want to transfer Apple Music songs or playlist to USB drive, you need to convert Apple Music to MP3 files firstly. (MP3 can be compatible well with USB flash drive.) After comparing several converters on the market, the most recommended is TunesBank Apple Music Converter.

TunesBank Apple Music Converter is an all-in-one music converter. It can not only remove the DRM encryption from Apple Music tracks with ease, but also convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, AC3, AU or AIFF format without touching any audio quality. Surprisingly, this software can convert all contents from iTunes, you can even convert iTunes M4P songs to MP3 and other common formats. In addition, it will save all ID3 tags and metadata info including title, artist, album, etc. in the output files, so that you can manage your local music files effortlessly. With the assistance of TunesBank, you can easily transfer Apple Music to USB flash drive, you can also transfer DRM-free Apple Music to SD card, or burn to CD.

Main Features of TunesBank Apple Music Converter:

  • Remove DRM protection from Apple Music, iTunes M4P music.
  • Convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, AC3, AU or AIFF.
  • Convert Apple Music at 5X – 10X fast speed without any quality loss.
  • Preserve ID3 tags and metadata info including title, album, artist, etc.
  • Transfer converted Apple Music to USB drive, SD card, burn to CD, etc.
  • Copy Apple Music to any device for offline listening without restrictions.

Guide: Convert Apple Music to MP3 and Transfer to USB Drive

The detailed guide below is how to use TunesBank to remove DRM from Apple Music and convert Apple Music to MP3, so that you can transfer the converted Apple Music songs to USB drive with ease. Download and install the TunesBank Apple Music Converter and iTunes App on your computer before you start.

Step 1. Choose Songs in the TunesBank Converter
Open the TunesBank Apple Music Converter, the Apple Music(MacOS 10.15 Catalina) or iTunes APP will be opened automatically. Then choose the songs you want to convert.

select apple music tracks

Step 2. Define MP3 as Output Format
In “Output Settings”, choose MP3 as your output format. You can also define the Output Quality, Bit rate, Sample rate and Channel according to your requirements.

choose mp3 format

Step 3. Start to Convert Apple Music to MP3 for USB drive
Hit “Convert” button to start converting Apple Music to MP3. Unlike other converters on the market, during converting process, you can continue adding songs to “Converting” list. Only TunesBank can do that!

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Step 4. Get Apple Music MP3 Songs
After converting, click “Finished” > “View Output File” to get DRM-free Apple Music songs.

view output mp3 files

Step 5. Transfer Apple Music to USB Drive
Now you get the unprotected Apple Music songs, then you can transfer Apple Music to USB drive. You can use the methods we described above, or you can directly transfer Apple Music to USB stick though drag&drop these songs.

#1 Insert the USB drive into USB port of your computer, then open the USB drive’s folder by click the pop-up window.

#2 Drag and drop the converted Apple Music songs in the output folder to the USB drive’s folder.

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#3 After that, the transferring process is completed. Now you have the DRM-free Apple Music songs in the USB flash drive.

If you are interested in more details, please refer to How to Transfer Apple Music Songs to USB Flash Drive?.

The Bottom Line
Transferring music from iTunes to USB drive is a great option to free up your space or have a backup. However, due to DRM limits, users can not transfer Apple Music tracks to USB stick directly. TunesBank Apple Music Converter is a saviour, it can help you unlock the DRM encryption from Apple Music and convert Apple Music to MP3 and other popular formats. In this way, you can easily transfer Apple Music to USB flash drive without any restrictions and enjoy unprotected Apple Music songs on TV, Speakers or in the car by using USB drive.

Transfer iTunes Songs, Apple Music to USB