Apple Music songs are in M4P format with DRM encryption, and you cannot transfer them to USB drives or other devices. This article teaches you how to convert Apple Music songs to unprotected MP3 and then copy them to a USB flash drive.

“How do I transfer songs from Apple Music to a USB flash drive to play in my car? When I tried to copy the downloaded music from iTunes to a USB stick it didn’t work. It showed some error messages. Please help.”

“Can I Save Apple Music songs or playlist to USB stick? I want to cancel my subscription.”

As one of the most popular streaming music service, Apple Music has more than 72 million subscribers. If you are one of the subscribers of Apple Music, then you may know Apple Music can only be played on authorized devices. In other words, you can’t transfer Apple Music songs to USB flash drive or other devices. All M4P format songs downloaded from Apple Music are protected by DRM. So it’s really a pity that you can’t copy Apple Music songs to USB stick. Disappointed?

So, is there any way to play Apple Music songs stored in a USB flash drive? The answer is yes, as long as you can break Apple Music DRM restriction and convert them to common audio formats, such as MP3, M4A, FLAC, etc. In this way, you can save Apple Music tracks to USB drive or any device for enjoyment.

What Tool can Transfer Apple Music Songs to USB?

TunesBank Apple Music Converter stands out among all the Apple Music Converters. This great tool aims to remove DRM protection from Apple Music and convert Apple Music songs/playlists to unprotected MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC with keeping original quality. At the same time, it also has the ability to convert iTunes Music, iTunes Audiobook and Audible Audiobook into lossless MP3/ M4A audio formats.

Compared with other Apple Music Converters, TunesBank has a simple and easy-to-use interface where users can easily transfer songs and playlists from Apple Music to USB flash drive in a few steps. Also, it runs 5 times faster conversion speed on Mac and 10 times faster on Windows, saving your time! After that, you can freely enjoy music on any device with USB port, such as computer, TV, Xbox, PS3, PS4, PS5, etc.

Steps to Transfer Apple Music Songs to USB Drive

Now can you transfer Apple Music songs and playlists to USB flash drive? Yes, with using TunesBank Apple Music Converter, you can! Here is a simple guide on how to convert Apple Music to MP3 and then move them to a USB flash drive. You can download the software on the desktop in advance, and add the Apple music tracks and the iTunes purchased songs you want to convert to your iTunes library.

Step 1. Run TunesBank Apple Music Converter on Computer
After downloading and installing TunesBank Apple Music Converter, start the program on your desktop. Meanwhile, iTunes app will be opened automatically.

launch the converter and sign in Apple ID

Step 2. Add Apple Music Songs to TunesBank
In the left panel, please tab “Music” or “Playlist”, then select the songs you want to convert to WAV.

add Apple Music playlist

This great tool supports batch conversion, you can even select the whole playlist.

Select Apple Music Songs

Step 3. Set MP3 as Output Format
Now, move the mouse to the bottom section of the interface, click the “Output Format”, and select MP3 as the output format, which is supported by most devices and players. You can also adjust the bit rate (up to 320kbps), sample rate, codec, channel, etc. for your preference.

customize output settings

Step 4. Start to Convert Apple Music Songs to MP3
Simply press on the “Convert” button to let it go. During the conversion process, you can turn back to “Library” to add more tracks to the “Converting” list! Only TunesBank Apple Music Converter supports to do that!

Convert Apple Music to MP3

After conversion, go to “Finished” section to find the converted Apple Music MP3 files, click “View Output File” to locate it.

get Apple Music MP3 files

Step 5. Transfer converted Apple Music Songs to USB Drive
Now it’s time to transfer Apple Music to USB drive. Connect your USB memory stick to the USB port of the computer. Then find the converted Apple Music songs in the target folder, and copy them to the USB drive.

transfer apple music to usb drive

Great! Now you can save Apple Music songs on the USB drive forever, or plug the USB flash drive to your car player for enjoying.

Transfer Apple Music to USB Drive


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