If you’re looking to make the most out of your three-month trial in Apple Music, then what you need to do is consider converting your downloaded songs, albums, and playlists to make them DRM-free. Music from streaming services has digital rights management protection, which makes them dependent on your subscription.
That means that even when you’ve downloaded a song when your subscription is up, access to it also stops. This is true to Spotify, Tidal, and of course, Apple Music. While music streaming is a great way to support the artists you like for a fraction of the entire album’s cost, when you’re strapped for cash, you’d find ways to keep those songs accessible.
The only way is to convert those songs into DRM-free files. Here is where music converters enter the picture. In this article, we’ve collated the best converter apps that you can use to keep those Apple Music songs playing in the background while you’re doing groceries, in the gym, commuting, or running. Here they are:
Sidify Apple Music Converter
Arguably one of the best music converters today, Sidify Apple Music Converter is not only powerful and all-encompassing when it comes to converting .m4a files, but it also is free to download. When you want to download Apple Music songs and immediately rid them of DRM protection, this is the app for you.
Sidify’s in-app conversion power is one of, if not, the most powerful in the industry today. It has 20x the speed of regular music converters and can finish the process in as short as 20 seconds for a normal length song. With Sidify, you can send and save converted files on your Google Drive folder, or OneDrive account. This way, you won’t have to worry about accessing your music anywhere.
Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder
While converting is the fastest way to download free music from streaming apps, there is another way to create a file without converting the song file. Like what we do on the olden days, you can record the song while it’s playing! And you can do this on your desktop quite easily, and without the additional sounds from outside being added to your recording.
If you want to audio record, the app to have is Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder. It’s the best among the choices out there, with its seamless integration with your chosen streaming provider. You can record, edit, and extract files on the app as easy as 1,2,3. Pro tip: for better sounding recordings, play the music on your desktop while putting the app on the “System Sound” option.
A great alternative music converter, DRmare is a free music converter that markets itself as an all-in-one option for conversion and storing files. While it doesn’t link to your Apple Music directly, the app can still access your iTunes Media Library and do the work from there. Once you connect the apps, you can start converting. Make sure to turn on the “Share XML file with third-party software” to extract the exact files you want to be converted.
What’s great about the DRmare converter is that it has the ability to convert in bulk. Perfect for those album listeners or people who have lots of playlists, it can convert a full-length album in no more than 10 minutes. For a playlist with at least 50 songs, expect the turnaround time to be no longer than an hour.
Converting and recording your music are the only two ways to get around the DRM restrictions in streamed songs. That’s why if you want to keep and organize your songs, albums, and playlists in one place, it’s better to pay for the subscription fees. Converting takes a lot of patience, audio recording more so.