Apple Music is considered a baby when it comes to music streaming. It was only in 2015 when the app was developed for Apple devices like Mac, iPhones, iPods, and iPads. This was in response to the burgeoning popularity of Spotify. Before Apple Music, there was iTunes, which housed an Apple device user’s catalog of music, podcasts, and videos.
But iTunes, as an app, was widely criticized, not because of its capability as a media player and as a stock app for downloads from the iTunes Store, but because of its inconsistencies to be streamlined. But its next iteration, the Apple Music app, was better received, building its subscriber base in the last five years after its conception.
But for all intents and purposes, with any music streaming service, you’d need to pay for a subscription. Monthly, at that. With Apple Music, you are given a 3-month subscription period, in which time you can download as much music as you like for offline listening. When your trial ends, though, you’ll lose access to all of it. But you can do some workarounds – and that’s the point of this article. Here are some things you can do to keep your downloads free:
Get an Apple Music Converter
This is the most straightforward method of keeping your apple music downloads free. With this method, you’d need to download a separate app, a dedicated Apple Music converter that can directly convert Apple Music files to .mp4, .aac, etc. Not many people know that with Apple Music, you are streaming or downloading a .m4p file. This kind of file has DRM protection in it. So once your trial ends, you won’t be able to access it anymore.
DRM means digital rights management. This is added to tracks in order to protect music from being shared or downloaded through illegal means. The first step of business when you want to keep your downloads is to convert them to be rid of the DRM protection. You can only do this through a great Apple Music converter app.
You have numerous options with regards to the converter app. Noteburner is a notable one – it’s easy, streamlined, and converting is as convenient as putting the file into the app and waiting for the magic to happen. DRMare Apple Music Downloader is also a great option. It’s more complicated than Noteburner, but it can store your music after the conversion.
It’s important to note that you’d need to add the converted files on your Apple Music for easier listening after all that’s done. Or if you don’t want that, you can opt to get another media player where you can store your newly-converted files. Be careful with downloading converter apps as well, as some cannot be trusted. Pro tip: most converter apps nowadays charge for the app, so you might as well rethink this option.
Record streamed audio
Another great way to keep your music downloads is to record them while listening or streaming. The only way you can go about this is to download a recorder app. Fortunately, there are tons of great options out there for both Windows and Mac that does exactly this. The process is simple. In fact, it’s similar in theory with the conversion method.
Recording streamed audio also takes out the DRM protection from downloaded streaming music. What you want to do is to set-up the app while you are playing the song. Some apps can access your Apple Music library, while others have not. This is why you need to choose properly. Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder is one of the most powerful recording apps you can download for this.
The app is simple in interface with powerful editing features. You can set-up what extension you’d want your music file to come out in as well as set up recording by bulk. When recording from a computer, make sure that you set up the “System Sound” setting. Audacity is also a great alternative, although it’s more of a recording app for artists.
Bear in mind that recording streamed audio will have mishaps in it, depending on how you set up the app. Sometimes, the app will pick up audio from your device’s mic without you noticing it. This will result in a recording that’s less than optimal.
Apps to download free music on iPhones.
Aside from Apple Music, you can download and save music from other sources through a bevy of apps found right on the App Store. There are several options you have here. Vox Music Player is not only a great app for playing some tunes, you can also search its library for some free copyrighted music. The app is free to download so you might as well check it out.
Free MP3Box is also a great option, although it’s originally a streaming app, much like Apple Music and Spotify. With the app installed, you can create playlists, download several songs at once and even save them for consumption later. You can also transfer the files to another app, so if you prefer to listen to another player, you can do so.
eSound Music is another app you can rely on for downloading free music. It’s intuitive, has a great selection of popular songs, and lists your favorites for future downloads. Since it’s a free app, it’s ad-supported but hey, you can’t knock it out for that. Fret not though, because you can just find the exact music you want to listen to, download it, and listen to it offline.
Another great app that you can use for this operation is Documents by Readdle. At its core, the app is a file manager and media player, but it also has a great browser that you can use to download music files. Once done, you can listen to the files in-app through the app’s powerful media player!
Keeping your music after your subscription to Apple Music means you need to be more creative than usual in circumventing the legal restrictions that Apple has put in. You can also consider paying for the minimal premium monthly since it’s literally half the price of one Starbucks coffee.