How to Play Apple Music through Amazon Echo

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As one of the most popular speakers worldwide, Amazon Echo is widely used for streaming and playing music, setting alarms, providing real time news, etc. Being a great music speaker and player, Amazon Echo provides us easy access to many of the largest music streaming services, including Amazon Music, Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn via voice control. Among the supported list, it lacks Apple Music, another fast growing streaming music service from Apple. But don’t get it wrong that Amazon Echo can’t play Apple Music. The good news is there are many alternative ways to stream Apple Music to Amazon Echo for playback. The following article will explain how.

Option 1. Connect Apple Music to Amazon Echo Speaker via Bluetooth

Because Amazon Echo also works as a Bluetooth speaker, you are allowed to stream your Apple Music songs to the Echo from your phone or tablet. Here we’ll show you the complete guide to listen to Apple Music on Echo by pairing your mobile device with Echo via Bluetooth step by step.

Preparations before Streaming Apple Music to Amazon Echo

  • Set your mobile device to Bluetooth pairing mode.
  • Make sure your mobile device is in range of your Echo.

Step 1. Turn on Echo and say, “Pair.” Alexa lets you know that Echo is ready to pair. If you want to exit Bluetooth pairing mode, just say, “Cancel.”

Step 2. Open the Bluetooth settings menu on your mobile device, and select your Echo. Alexa tells you if the connection is successful.

Step 3. Once connected, you should access to your Apple Music songs on your mobile devices and start playing the music. To disconnect your mobile device from Echo, just say, “Disconnect.”

Option 2. Play Apple Music on Echos from Amazon Account

Although using Bluetooth seems easy enough, having native support of Apple Music within Amazon Echo is always a welcome one. However, it still remains unknown when will the support for Apple Music come, here we are providing you an alternative solution to stream your Apple Music songs to Amazon Echo by uploading the Apple Music tracks to your Amazon account. Once the Apple Music songs are uploaded to Amazon, you can freely play the music on Amazon Echo with simple voice commands via Alexa.

In this way, you may doubt whether it’s possible to share your Apple Music tracks to Amazon since they are protected by Apple’s DRM policy. That’s correct in normal case. But things become different if we seek for help from some DRM removal tools for Apple Music, such as TunesKit Apple Music Converter, with which we can completely remove DRM lock from the Apple Music songs and upload them to any platform as we like. Now you can download the free version of this smart Apple Music Converter as below and follow the steps here in order to upload Apple Music to Amazon Echo for playback without mobile device.

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Step 1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC and go to “For You” or “New” tab where you can find the entire Apple Music category sorted by artists, albums, playlists and songs. Once selected a song, album, or playlist that you want to playback via Echo, click the “” icon next to the song or album name and add the songs to “My Music” or “Playlist“. When the songs are added to your music library, go to “My Music” tab to find the music file and click the cloud icon with a downward arrow to download the song so that you can play it offline.

Step 2. Open TunesKit Apple Music Converter and add the downloaded M4P tracks from Apple Music library by either clicking Add Files button or dragging the files from the folder where you saved the offline files from computer to TunesKit. Once the songs are imported, you can select the output format according to your own needs. Currently TunesKit Apple Music Converter supports MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, and M4B formats. Then you can begin to remove the DRM and convert your Apple Music songs from M4P to DRM-free formats by clicking Convert button.

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Step 3. In order to upload your music, you need to install the Amazon Music for PC or Mac. Once installed, open the app, then drag and drop the converted DRM-free Apple Music songs from your computer into the Upload selection in the right sidebar under Actions. Or you can select My Music at the top of the screen. Next, select Songs, and choose the Offline filter in the right navigation sidebar. Click the upload icon next to the music you want to upload. You can see uploaded music, and music that’s uploading, by clicking the Uploaded filter in the left navigation sidebar. Once the Apple Music songs are imported to Amazon Music, you can play them on Echo or Echo Show speakers with simple voice command via Alexa.

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Best Spotify App Integrations You Should Set Up

Spotify continues to impress and frustrate in equal measure. For every Discover Weekly, there’s a much-loved feature stripped out of the streaming music app. Often, it’s difficult to get those features back.

One of the feature removals which has garnered most ire was the company’s decision to kill third-party apps in 2014. At a stroke, users lost the ability to get curated recommendations from record labels and magazines, find nearby concerts, give guests “party access” to accounts, and a whole lot more.

Spotify has never truly managed to replace the lost apps, even though some third-party web apps can still use the API.

However, Spotify has been working on new app integrations. Many aren’t worth bothering with, but here are some that are actually worth setting up.

1. Facebook Messenger

In June 2017, Spotify added Facebook Messenger to its growing list of app integrations. Called Group Playlists for Messenger, the feature relies on the Spotify Chat Extension.

It allows you to use Facebook Messenger groups to build playlists. Anyone in the Facebook group can contribute, and you can share the playlist with friends outside the group using the Facebook app.

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Amazingly, the Facebook users you’re collaborating with don’t even need to subscribe to Spotify. They can make song selections within the Messenger app.

One feels the feature will really shine at parties and other large gatherings. You can add all the partygoers into one Facebook group and they’ll be able to have an input into what they’re hearing.

To get started, open Messenger, tap +, and select the Spotify extension. To make a playlist, navigate to Group Playlists > Create.

2. Tinder

They (perverts) say music can be a great aphrodisiac, so Spotify and Tinder sound like a match made in heaven.

The Tinder integration gives you another layer of information to help you decide whether the person in question is worthy of a swipe right.

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If a potential match has linked their Tinder account to their Spotify account, you can see their top artists directly from their Tinder profile. More impressively, you can see what artists you and your would-be date have in common. You can also assign an “anthem” to your profile. It’s meant to be a song that defines you and your life, so choose wisely!

Non-Spotify subscribers can add an anthem, but can only listen to previews of top artist lists.

To connect Spotify to Tinder, tap on Edit Info in your Tinder profile, then go to Show your music interests > Connect Spotify.

3. Shazam

Shazam remains the best app for identifying songs while you’re on-the-go. For those who don’t know, you can identify a song at the tap of a button using a 20-second audio snippet. Often, the ID process takes no more than five seconds.

If you pair Shazam with your Spotify account, you’ll unlock two cool features.

First, if you have a premium Spotify account, you will be able to listen to full-length songs from within the Shazam app.

Second, Shazam will create a new playlist within Spotify called My Shazam Tracks. Any song that’s successfully tagged will be automatically added to the playlist.

To connect Shazam and Spotify, open the Shazam app and go to My Shazam > Spotify > Connect.

4. Starbucks

OK, so the coffee isn’t to everyone’s taste. And the bread isn’t always as fresh as it could be. And yes, that unicorn drink was 99.99 percent sugar. But we still flock to Starbucks in our millions.

If you’re a true Starbucks addict, there’s a good chance you’ve got the official Starbucks app on your smartphone. It lets you earn points, order drinks in advance, and even pay in-store.

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These days, it also connects with your Spotify app. The aim is to let Starbucks customers use their phone’s GPS to engage with music played in the particular branch they are in.

If you hook up the integration, you will be able to “Favorite” the tracks you hear and even add them to your own playlist. In turn, Starbucks will use the data to refine its music curation in the future.

To set up the connection, head to your local Starbucks, open the Starbucks app, and tap Sign in to your Spotify account.

5. Nike+

Spotify has been trying to crack the workout sector for a long time. There’s already a dedicated genre of exercise playlists in the Browse section of the app, while 2015 saw the company launch Spotify Running. It paired your phone’s accelerometer with your musical history to suggest DJ-built instrumental mixes that matched your rhythm.

The latest offering is an integration with the Nike+ activity tracker app. If you pair Spotify with your Nike+ account, you can access other members’ playlists and control your music through the Nike app.

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Best of all, it lets you connect Spotify with your Nike+ Pace Station. A Pace Station is an automatically-created 100-song playlist that matches a song’s beats per minute with your target running pace.

To connect Spotify to Nike+, open the Nike app and go to Run > Spotify Premium > Log in to Spotify.

6. Starz

Are you a TV and movie aficionado? Then you should check out Spotify’s integration with U.S. television cable network, Starz.

If you connect Spotify with the Starz app, you will be able to stream playlists, soundtracks, and theme songs from your favorite shows and films, as well as save content from the Starz app straight into your Spotify library.

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The most interesting part of the integration, however, is the TV and movies recommendations. It’s a fascinating take on an old idea. Movie recommendations are nothing new, but using the music you listen to as the foundation for those recommendations could either be inspired or a complete failure. Test the feature out to see if it works for you.

To begin, open the Starz app, tap on a playlist or track, and use the onscreen prompt to authorize Starz to connect with your Spotify account.

7. WhoSampled

Is any music original any more? Let me rephrase that: is any music in the “Top 40” original anymore? To my (admittedly uncultured) ears, everything sounds like a sample, remix, and re-release of old content.

If you’ve heard an enjoyable new jingle that you’re sure you’ve heard before but you can’t quite place, it’s possible the song is using a sample.

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To check, why not integrate Spotify with WhoSampled? WhoSampled can scan your Spotify library to find tracks that have been covered, sampled, or remixed, then point you in the direction of the original.

To pair the two apps together, open WhoSampled and head to My Library > Connect to Spotify.

Revoke an App’s Access

If you later decide you want to revoke integration between Spotify and a third-party app, you’ll need to log into your Spotify account. Here are the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Navigate to Spotify.com.
  2. Log in to your account.
  3. Click on your username.
  4. Click on Account.
  5. Select Apps in the left-hand menu.
  6. Click Revoke Access alongside the app in question.

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More Spotify Tools for Desktop Computer

To get more out of Spotify Music, here we mean downloading the Spotify songs for offline listening, we’d like to introduce TunesKit Spotify Converter for you. It’s a computer-end Spotify music tool well designed to download and convert any Spotify track and playlist to other common formats no matter you are using the free or premium account. With the help of this smart application, you are able to listen to any Spotify music on most popular devices offline. For more details, visit: How to Download & Convert Spotify to MP3.

Top List of Best Movie Soundtracks on Spotify

What makes a good movie? An exciting plotline with surprising twists? Sure. Well-written characters? Definitely. But there’s one thing that you can appreciate even if those two criteria aren’t met. It’s not what you see, but what you hear.

You may forget the events of your favorite movie, even the lead character’s name, but you never really forget the songs from your favorite movies. Like the opening of Star Wars — you can hear it playing in your head right now — or the magical songs of the Harry Potter films. These musical masterpieces will live forever.

In order to celebrate these musical gems (and the brilliant films they were written for) properly, we have compiled a list of the best movie soundtracks that you can listen to right now on Spotify. Because sometimes you just need to listen to the tunes from your favorite movie to remind yourself how much you enjoyed watching it.

All-Time Classics

1. The Godfather by Nino Rota

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The beautiful sounds of trumpet intertwined with strings composed by Nino Rota paint the old world of The Godfather with some special charm and grace. The soundtrack consists of some truly melancholic compositions that will take you straight to Italy. It’s where waltz meets jazz and swing, all braided in together by some somewhat dark orchestral music.

2. Psycho by Bernard Hermann

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Does the slow-building high pitched string wail from the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho still induce panic on you, no matter how many times you’ve watched the movie? That’s how powerful the piece of music composed by Bernard Hermann is. The composer’s techniques compliment the black and white classic, creating a constant air of suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat, making Psycho one of the best thrillers ever made.

3. Blade Runner by Vangelis

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The musical treat of string combinations and synthesizer tones that is the soundtrack for Blade Runner instantly transport you to the dark dystopian world of this movie. Although each piece is quite unique and diverse, there’s a certain sense of mystery that winds its way through every song, creating a constant musical mist of a soundtrack.

4. American Graffiti by Various Artists

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This soundtrack is pretty much George Lucas’ memories of growing up in early sixties California for one of the greatest coming-of-age films, American Graffiti. This rather large 41-song soundtrack consists of classic rock and roll, featuring easy-listening hits like Louie Louie, Surfin’ Safari, and Maybe Baby.

5. Pulp Fiction by Various Artists

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It’s hard to imagine a better fit for the long, rich-in-words scenes of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fictionthan the gritty surf rock and soul music that form the movie’s soundtrack. The director’s choices also influenced the then-fading popularity of the surf rock music genre in America, as well as all over the world.

6. Saturday Night Fever by Various Artists

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Saturday Night Fever boasts probably the world’s most perfect disco soundtrack. Since the movie’s release in the mid-70s, this group of songs has received multiple awards. Besides, this compilation-based soundtrack is what made the disco scene in the United States so epic at the time.

7. O Brother, Where Art Thou? by Various Artists

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This playful mix of Appalachian folk songs also ranks among the most successful compilation soundtracks of all time. Over the years it has been certified eights-times platinum. Driven by beautiful vocals, the songs are graceful interpretations of the all-time classics that feature various folk instruments like mandolin and banjo.

8. Goodfellas by Various Artists

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The gangster classic by Martin Scorsese Goodfellas is known for its very precise soundtrack choices. Carefully handpicked jazz-driven tunes coincide with the emotions of both characters and the audience, as well as what’s happening in each scene of the film.

9. Almost Famous by Various Artists

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Almost Famous is a movie that you could watch just for the soundtrack. Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Yes are just a few of the names featured in this astonishing soundtrack. For those not convinced, Almost Famous is a tale of a promising band from the 70s, on their way to success. The collision of what you see on the screen and what you hear is almost impossibly perfect.

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10. Back to the Future by Alan Silvestri

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The Back to the Future trilogy has plenty of twists in it, adding both fast-paced rhythm and intensity to the films. The tunes used in the movies, composed by Alan Silvestri, will stir it up for you even more. Expect harp for fun and romantic moments and deep horn cues for high-speed chases. However, if orchestral numbers don’t do it for you, Huey Lewis’ catchy 80s hits will most definitely win your heart.

11. The Dark Knight Trilogy by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard

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Unlike many superhero movies, The Dark Knight Trilogy is dark and mysterious. The soundtrack, created by co-composers Howard and Zimmer, doesn’t copy any of the superhero film cliches, pushing it so far as keeping the main theme introduction until the very end of the first movie. Deep drum and brass cues create a Batman image more dramatic and primal than anything before it.

12. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Howard Shore

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Some of the most contrasting musical instruments like drums vs. strings, or brass vs. woodwinds join and meet in Howard Shore’s soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The musical diversity of sounds showcases an epic universe with a variety of creatures. The world of magic and power, with Celtic melodies that serve to spawn feelings of both tension and release, all come together throughout this fantastic three-part franchise.

13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by John Williams

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Speaking of magic, let us not forget one more of John Williams’ masterpieces: his soundtrack to the first Harry Potter movie. “Hedwig’s Theme,” which appears throughout the film, is one of the main components of the wizarding world created for the franchise. This keyboard piece is probably the first thing you hear play in your head whenever someone mentions Harry Potter in a conversation.

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14. Star Wars by John Williams

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Probably one of the most epic film soundtracks ever written, the Star Wars tunes by John Williams have become truly iconic. Instantly recognizable by anyone around the globe, this music is familiar even to those who have never seen the franchise. In order to create this unforgettable music, the composer took inspiration from space-themed classical compositions like Gustav Holst’s The Planetsseries. They perfectly capture the emotions of the space opera set a long time ago (not in the 1980s) in a galaxy far, far away.

15. Interstellar by Hans Zimmer

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Remember that feeling of vast emptiness and dark infinity of space that you got while watchingInterstellar? That is at least partly thanks to the brilliant job Hans Zimmer did with the soundtrack. Many of these musical pieces contain strings and organ. Both of which create an aural backdrop that allows you to sink in and remain deeply in thought for the entire duration of the film.

16. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Various Artists

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A truly mysterious classic by Stanley Kubrick benefits greatly from a brilliant soundtrack. Classical works by Johann Strauss II and Aram Khachaturian help create the eerie backdrops and monumental scenes that compliment this sci-fi masterwork, together with revolutionary effects and camera work.

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17. Trainspotting by Various Artists

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Trainspotting is another one of those films in which music plays a key role in creating the right atmosphere. The soundtrack that features songs by music icons like Iggy Pop, New Order, and Primal Scream helps paint the drug-filled U.K. underground scene, and the lifestyle of its inhabitants.

18. This Is Spinal Tap by Spinal Tap

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Without a doubt, no film ever captured the absurdity of life as a rocker like this one. And in order to make This Is Spinal Tap convincing, they had to get the musical details right. But what’s more significant is that Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer turn the Tap into a real band, giving us the art of “Big Bottom” and the epic “Stonehenge”.

19. The Graduate by Simon and Garfunkel

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What could better suit (and underline) the sticky conflicts of The Graduate than soft ballads sung by folk legends Simon and Garfunkel? This soundtrack will win you over with its complexity and musical symmetry. It helps drive the plot, as well as transport you to some unexpected and interesting places.

20. Garden State by Various Artists

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The Garden State soundtrack compiled by Zach Braff has stirred the waters of the music world for more than one band. Being featured in this classic indie film helped acts like The Shins and Iron and Wine to reach new heights in their careers.

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More Spotify Music Tips: How to Download & Convert Any Spotify Playlist

As Spotify music tracks are protected by DRM, we can’t listen to the Spotify songs on popular devices straightforward, especially if we are using the Free subscription plan of Spotify. In this case, it’s necessary to get a smart Spotify music tool that can easily download and convert any Spotify music or playlist to popular formats and devices. Here you meet TunesKit Spotify Music Converter. It’s well developed to help Spotify users easily get full control over their Spotify music by completely removing the DRM lock. In result, you can access to your Spotify playlist even if you cancel the subscription. For more details, visit this complete guide: How to Convert Spotify Music to MP3 for Offline Listening.

One-Stop Audio Solution to Convert Apple Music and Audible AA, AAX

Music has already become one of the most important parts of our daily entertainment life. So there will always come a time when you need to convert a specific audio format to another when you find your MP3 player doesn’t support the audio you are trying to play. In this case, a powerful audio converting software will be necessary to assist the conversion process. Here in the following article, I’ll introduce an all-in-one audio solution for you that can support converting almost all kinds of audio files, including both DRM-protected and non-DRM audios, such as Apple Music, iTunes M4P songs, M4A, M4B audiobooks, Audible AA, AAX audiobooks, etc.

Best Complete Audio DRM Removal Tool – TunesKit DRM Audio Converter

Here you meet TunesKit Audio Converter, a smart and powerful DRM removal tool for audios that’s specially developed to crack DRM lock from all types of popular DRM audio files, including Apple Music and iTunes M4P songs, Audible audiobooks, etc. as well as convert common audio formats, like MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, AAC, OGG, M4A, M4R, AC3, AMR, APE, etc. to MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, FLAC, M4B so that you can enjoy all your audios on most popular media players, such as iPod, Zune, PSP, iRiver, Creative Zen, Sony Walkman, and so on. It’s now available for both Mac and Windows OS.

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Complete Guide on How to Convert DRM or non-DRM Audios with TunesKit

Now we’ll show you the simple tutorial to easily remove DRM lock from protected audios as well as convert DRM-free audios to MP3, etc. by using TunesKit DRM Audio Converter.

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Step 1. Add DRM-ed or non-DRM Audios to TunesKit Audio Converter

Firstly launch TunesKit DRM Audio Converter for Mac. To convert the DRM-free audios, you should click the first Add button at the top center. Then select the audios from your computer to TunesKit conversion window. To convert the DRM-protected Apple Music, iTunes or Audible audiobooks, you should click the second Add button.

Step 2. Set Output Format and Other Settings

When the audios are loaded successfully to TunesKit Audio Converter, simply click the Edit button and select the output format you want to convert the audios to. Currently it supports MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and M4B. You can also customize the audio properties, such as codec, channel, sample rate, etc. here.

Step 3. Convert Audios to Other Formats

Now you can start to convert the DRM-ed or non-DRM audios to popular formats by clicking Convert button at the bottom right. Then it will work at up to 30X faster speed to convert the audios. Once the conversion completes, you can find the converted audios and transfer them to any popular devices for playback at anytime.

You can also refer to the video tutorial for more details: https://youtu.be/ZExp4nfYQ-8.

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TunesKit DRM Removal Products Now Work Perfectly with iTunes 12.7

TunesKit, the top leader in DRM removal field, officially upgraded its featured DRM removal products for Mac, including DRM Media Converter, DRM Audio Converter, and Apple Music Converter by adding the perfect support to iTunes 12.7 on macOS 10.12 Sierra or lower. Till now, all TunesKit DRM media converter for Mac and Windows would work perfectly with the latest iTunes v.12.7 when removing DRM protection from iTunes M4V videos, Audible audiobooks, as well as Apple Music songs, etc.

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Along with other new world-shocking products like iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple TV 4K, Apple also launched the new version of iTunes 12.7 on the occasion of its tenth anniversary. Once it’s released, iTunes users can download the new upgrade for both Mac and Windows. However, TunesKit DRM removal product users, especially those using the Mac versions must have found that those tools can’t work as expected once the iTunes was upgraded to v.12.7. As a professional and customer-oriented iTunes DRM removal solution provider in the world, TunesKit R&D team began to seek for the fix as soon as the error occurred. Thanks to persistent hard work and continuous tests, they finally made a breakthrough on this issue and found the ultimate solution, making TunesKit the first developer that fixed the iTunes 12.7 incompatibility error in DRM removal area.

“Apple has strengthened its DRM encryption method with the release of iTunes 12.7. Therefore the old decrypting core used by TunesKit DRM removers can’t suppose to work any more.Fortunately, our programmers invented a new advanced DRM cracking technique completely different with the old one and it apparently turns out to working pretty well.” said Lee, TunesKit R&D director. “We also received some customers’ concern about converting the new 4K iTunes movie content with TunesKit. As a result, we’ll keep testing the program on our end and try our best to support those 4K movies in the near future.”

To sum up, no matter you are using the Mac or Windows version of TunesKit DRM media converting software, you can go ahead to upgrade your iTunes to 12.7 without worrying about the compatibility at all. However, Mac users should be well noted that the solution for iTunes 12.7 on macOS 10.13 High Sierra is still under development. Therefore those newly released TunesKit DRM removal products for Mac can only work well for iTunes 12.7 under macOS 10.12 or earlier.

To get the latest versions of the upgraded TunesKit Mac products, please either use the built-in auto upgrading or download the latest setup files from TunesKit Download Center.

 

How to Easily Stream Spotify Music to Chromecast Audio

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It’s extremely easy to stream and play your Spotify music on TV or speakers from phone or tablet if you have a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio device. If you are looking for the complete guide to cast Spotify to Chromecast, you should follow the content here which will provide you the top 2 most popular ways to play Spotify music on Chromecast or Chromecast Audio step by step.

Method 1. The Most Popular Way to Cast Spotify Songs to Chromecast Audio

To connect Spotify with Google Chromecast Audio, all you need is the Spotify Music app and a Chromecast Audio device hooked up to your TV or speakers.

You should be well noted that currently only Spotify premium users have the right to stream Spotify music to Chromecast. If you are using the free account of Spotify, then you should turn to the other method.

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Step 1. Insert Chromecast or Chromecast Audio to TV HDMI port or a speaker input port. Make sure your Chromecast or Chromecast Audio is configured using the Chromecast/Chromecast Audio app on your phone or tablet

Step 2. Start the Spotify app on the same WiFi network as your Chromecast/Chromecast Audio.

Step 3. Within Spotify, select a track that you want to listen to. At the bottom of the screen, select “Devices Available”.

Step 4. Select your Chromecast or Chromecast Audio from the devices listed. Then you’ll be able to play the Spotify music track right from your TV or speaker via Chromecast.

Method 2. Alternative Tips for Free Subscribers to Stream Spotify to Chromecast

Firstly you should know the reason why free users can’t directly stream Spotify music to Chromecast Audio is that the free accounts don’t have the authority to download Spotify music for offline listening. And that’s all because of the DRM protection inserted by Spotify. So the key point to make free subscribers stream Spotify music to Chromecast Audio is to find out a solution to remove the Spotify DRM permanently. In this case, we meet TunesKit Spotify Music Converter, a smart all-in-one program for Spotify specialized in stripping DRM and converting Spotify tracks to common formats, such as MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, etc. Once the DRM is cracked, you can freely sync the unprotected Spotify songs to Chromecast or other devices even if you are using the free Spotify account or cancelling the premium account.

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Part 1. How to Remove DRM from Spotify Music

Before syncing Spotify songs to Chromecast, please follow this part to get rid of DRM lock from Spotify music with TunesKit Spotify Music Converter.

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Step 1. Open TunesKit Spotify Music Converter, and then Spotify app will be launched automatically. Access to Spotify app and choose any song or playlist that you want to convert. Then drag the files into TunesKit conversion window. You can also add the songs or playlists by pasting the links to the converter interface.

Step 2. When the Spotify music is added successfully into TunesKit, click the top-right menu > Preferences and choose the output format as you like. Currently it supports multiple output formats, including MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, and M4B. You can also adjust output audio quality, conversion speed and directory, etc. according to your own requirements.

Step 3. After the settings are well adjusted, simply click “Convert” button at the bottom right to start converting the DRM-ed Spotify music to common formats. Once the conversion finished, you’ll find the well-converted Spotify songs that can cast to Chromecast for listening everywhere.

Part 2. Stream Converted Spotify Music to Chromecast vis Plex

Plex is a media server runs on Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS, with which you can create your own music library and sync to mobile devices. After import the Spotify music from computer, a Cast button will let you stream the music songs to Chromecast. No need for iOS or Android controller apps.

Easy Solution to Download and Convert Spotify Music to MP3 for Offline Listening

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Converting Spotify music to MP3 or other formats could be a common request for most Spotify users, especially those free subscribers. As one of the largest online streaming music services in the world, Spotify is claimed to have more than 140 million monthly active users by June 2017. However, among those subscribers, only the premium members are authorized to download and listen to Spotify music offline. The free membership users can only stream the music online without the right to download the songs for offline listening. What’s more, there’s also restriction for even the premium subscribers as they can only download the Spotify tracks on three devices. So in this case, it’s necessary to find a way out to download the Spotify music to play offline. In the following article, we’ll discuss the simple solution to download as well as convert any Spotify music track to MP3 format for any player and device.

Best Spotify Music Tool – TunesKit Spotify to MP3 Converter for Windows

Now you meet TunesKit Spotify Converter, the best and fastest Spotify music downloader and converter that’s well designed to easily extract Spotify streams and convert the DRM-protected songs to common MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4B formats for offline playing on any popular MP3 player and device, such as iPod, Zune, Creative Zen, iRiver, Sony Walkman, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, etc.

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Key Features of TunesKit Spotify Music Converter

  • Remove DRM from Spotify tracks, albums, artists, and playlists
  • Add Spotify music files by dragging the songs and albums directly from Spotify app
  • Download and convert Spotify songs to MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, FLAC, WAV
  • Transfer all Spotify songs to any player for offline listening
  • Work at up to 5X faster speed with lossless quality preserved

Complete Tutorial to Convert Spotify Songs to MP3 with TunesKit

The following will introduce the whole steps to convert your DRM-ed Spotify online streams to MP3 format with TunesKit Spotify to MP3 Converter for Windows.

Step 1. Drag Spotify tracks to TunesKit

You don’t need to download the Spotify songs in advance. You can simply open TunesKit and it will launch Spotify software automatically. Then in the Spotify app, you can search for any track or album or artist you want to convert and then drag the online streams from Spotify to TunesKit Spotify Converter. Then the Spotify music will load automatically. Or you can paste the link of the Spotify songs in the search box of TunesKit conversion window.

Step 2. Choose output settings

Now click the menu bar and choose Preferences. In the popup window, you can select the output format as MP3 and adjust other properties, such as channels, bit rates, sample rates, etc. You can also set the conversion speed and output directory according to your own needs.

Step 3. Convert Spotify music to MP3

When everything is set OK, simply click “Convert” button and it will begin to convert your Spotify tracks and albums to MP3 format at up to 5X faster speed.

 

 

The Biggest Announcements of Apple WWDC 2017: iOS 11, HomePod, iMac Pro …

Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote just wrapped, where key executives Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller, and, of course, Tim Cook, took the stage to announce updates headed to iPhones, MacBooks, Apple TV, and more.

The rumors for this year’s WWDC came in the final hours leading up to the event, with hints of new hardware and, of course, software news for developers to help prep the release of consumer updates in the fall. We were also anticipating the company to finally take Siri up against the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the hardware and smart home front — and it looks like it arrived in the form of the Apple HomePod.

Here are the highlights from today’s keynote.

Apple Announces HomePod Speaker to Take on Amazon Echo and Sonos

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So let’s get the Siri speaker rumors out of the way: it turns out Apple wasn’t quite aiming its smart speaker to go against just Amazon Echo and Google Home, but also the Sonos home entertainment speakers. Called the HomePod, it uses spacial awareness to tune and better fill the room with sound based on the space it’s in. It also has a “Musicologist” feature that works with Apple Music to stream the music you ask the speaker’s built-in Siri to play. You can even ask more complex, music-related questions like “Who’s the drummer in this song?” or “What album came out on this day 20 years ago?”
The HomePod will be available in two colors — black or white — and will integrate Siri in an Amazon Echo / Google Home-like use case. You can ask it to control smart home devices and check the day’s weather and news briefings. Apple priced the HomePod at $349, with plans to ship it in December first to customers in the US, UK, and Australia. It will enter more international markets next year. Check out our hands-on with the HomePod for a first look.

iMac Pro Introduced, Alongside Updated Desktop Specs

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Apple’s introducing updated iMac desktops with improved Retina displays, graphics boosts, Kaby Lake processors, and USB-C. They will also support graphics for VR content creation. During the keynote, Apple demoed this by showing off a VR game featuring Darth Vader, a lightsaber, and TIE fighter.
There’s a new iMac Pro as well, with a 5K display with improved cooling capacity, and 8-core Xeon processor (upgradeable up to 18-core,) up to 4TB of SSD, up to 128GB of ECC memory, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and built-in 10GB Ethernet.

The new iMac starts at $1,099 for the 21.5-inch model, and $1,299 for the 4K model. MacBooks will get upgraded, too; the MacBook Pro starting at $1,299, which includes the updated Kaby Lake processor. The iMac Pro starts at $4,999, and ships in December.

iOS 11 Comes with Improved Siri, Automatic Do Not Disturb Driving Mode, iMessage Features

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The new version of iOS software has some pretty social updates, such as an update to Siri that has improved speech, the ability to help translate sentences into different languages, and on-device learnings that suggest actions based on what you do on your iPhone or iPad. iMessages now live in the iCloud, with synchronized conversations that you can delete from any device you own that are under the same account. You can also pay and receive payments from contacts through iMessage — so no more Venmo or Square Cash if you don’t want to download extra apps.

Photo capture is also improved, with better low-light performance, and the ability to edit Live Photos so you can change the key still image or trim the video. There’s a new control center as well, which relies a lot on 3D Touch and condenses most controls on the lower half of the screen without looking cluttered.

There’s also a new safety feature that recognizes when a user is driving and automatically turns on Do Not Disturb to prevent distractions. When you’re available to be more social, you can now head to Apple Music to see what your friends are listening to and check out shared playlists.

Lastly, the App Store has been redesigned for better discovery and a How To section for tips on how to use various popular apps. Apple’s also bringing back the “App of the Day” section to promote users to open the App Store more frequently.

iOS 11 for iPad Brings Windows-Esque Multitasking Abilities

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On the iPad, iOS 11 improves multitasking that lets users pull up an app from the dock and drag it onto the screen to split the screen. Similar to what you can do on a MacBook, you can use touch to hold and drag folders, files, or photos and drop them in a different app such as Mail or iMessage. Handwritten text from an Apple Pencil will also be searchable from the Notes app. Apple claims it uses “deep learning” to recognize penmanship.

Apple also talked briefly about the Files app that leaked a few hours before the keynote kicked off, which is just a management system that you can use to sort files by size and date, similar to how you’d go through your files on a desktop or laptop.

Apple Lets Developers Make More Immersive Apps with Arkit

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Just as Lauren Goode predicted, Apple introduced a new ARKit to let developers build augmented reality apps for the iPhone. The kit can help find planes, track motion, and estimate scale and ambient lighting. Popular apps like Pokémon Go will also use ARKit for improved real-time renders.

Rather than requiring external hardware like Microsoft’s HoloLens, Apple seems to be betting on ARKit to provide impressive quality imaging through a device most people already own. We’ll know more on how the quality actually compares when we get to try it out ourselves.

10.5-inch iPad Pro Introduced

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The iPad Pro will now be available in three different sizes, with a new 10.5-inch model introduced today. There’s a 12-megapixel camera, just like the iPhone 7, with a 7MP selfie cam. It supports USB 3.0 and has 10 hours of battery life.

There’s a new feature called ProMotion which reduces the Apple Pencil’s latency to 20 milliseconds. It can automatically adjust the refresh rate based on what you’re watching (fast-moving video versus still image). ProMotion also doubles the refresh rate to up to 120Hz.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be available starting with a 64GB configuration at $649; it’s available to order now and shipping next week.

The New MacOS Is Named High Sierra. Yep

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The upcoming version of macOS will be called High Sierra, and it comes with updates to Safari that help block site trackers and autoplaying videos. Apple’s also added new photo-editing tools like curves (helpful for those who don’t have Adobe Photoshop), and it has better filtering tools to sort images by keywords or faces.

An updated file management system will be a part of the update as well, which speeds up directory cloning with native encryption. On the graphics end, there’s a second version of Metal, support for VR, and a Metal 2 developer kit that you can order with an AMD GPU to tune apps for external graphics.

WatchOS 4 Brings New Siri Watchface, Fitness Coaching, and A New App-Browsing UI

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An update for the Apple Watch is coming which introduces new faces that display different types of informations, such as Siri reminders or more visual ones that feature Toy Story characters a la Mickey Mouse. There’s also a fitness-focused update, which includes monthly challenges to encourage the wearer to get more active and NFC-enabled data sharing where the user can tap their Apple Watch on gym equipment to pair the two, sharing the most accurate calorie burn and activity information.
There’s also a new Music app to make finding and playing music via the Apple Watch more visual — you can now use a new dock layout to scroll through recently opened apps.
Original source: https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/5/15722994/apple-wwdc-2017-news-highlights-recap.

Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. Amazon Music: Which Wins

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With the introduction of Amazon Music Unlimited, there has never been a better time to introduce yourself to paid music streaming services, which continue to gain in popularity.

In this article, you’ll learn more about Amazon Music Unlimited and see how it compares to Spotify and Apple Music.

Amazon Music Unlimited

Not to be confused with Amazon Music (formerly Amazon MP3), Amazon Music Unlimited is a music streaming service that offers “tens of millions” of songs with new releases from today’s most popular artists. Like other premium music streaming services on the market, Amazon Music Unlimited allows you to listen to your favorite songs on-demand. You can also download your songs to your devices for offline use.

Isn’t This Amazon Prime Music?

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you already have access to over 2 million songs at no additional cost. You also receive a thousand playlists and stations programmed by Amazon’s music experts. A membership to Amazon Music Unlimited, by contrast, increases the number of songs available considerably. You also gain access to new genres and styles of music.

The best way to explain the difference between the two services (in additional to the library size) is how each handles new music releases. Amazon Music Unlimited will almost certainly have the newest album from your favorite artist on day one of its release. Amazon Prime Music probably won’t.

Alexa

Not surprisingly, Amazon Music Unlimited works with Amazon Alexa voice controls, found on devices such as the Echo, Dot, and Tap. For example, you can say “Alexa, play the new song by One Republic” or “Alexa, play the latest album by Rihanna.” You can also try commands like “Alexa, play the most popular rock from the 80s” or “Alexa, play music for a dinner party.”

Availability

Amazon Music Unlimited is available on multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and on the web. Additionally, it works with home entertainment products such as Sonos, Roku, and Bose. The service is also coming on new cars from Ford, BMW, and Mini.

At the time of this writing, Amazon Music Unlimited is only available in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria.

Exclusivity

Offering exclusive content is one of the ways music streaming services hope to keep customers. Despite being the newest service on our list, Amazon Music Unlimited got a huge exclusive to end 2016. It’s the first streaming service to feature Garth Brooks’ entire 16-album collection. The best-selling solo artist in US history had never allowed digital downloads for any of his music until now.

Costs

Amazon Prime members can subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for $7.99 per month, which is $2 off the standard monthly price. You can save a little extra by paying $79 per year upfront. Amazon also offers a family plan for $14.99 per month or $149.99 per year. With the family plan, you and your family can stream music on up to six devices at the same time.

If you only want to stream music from your Amazon Alexa device, the company offers a low-cost option for $3.99 per month.

New users can try Amazon Music Unlimited free for 30 days.

Apple Music

Given that iTunes brought digital music to the mainstream way back in 2001, it’s surprising that it took so long for Apple to offer a music streaming service of its own. First launched in June 2015, Apple Music provides a combination of on-demand music and curated playlists. As with Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music allows you to download music for offline use as long as you continue being a subscriber.

When it first launched, Apple Music placed great emphasis on the service’s Beats 1 internet radio station and a blog platform called Connect. Featuring live broadcasts 24 hours a day, Beats 1 features anchors Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, and Julie Adenuga, among others. Connect is for artists to share their posts, photos, videos, and tracks with subscribers.

Apple Music still hosts Beats 1 and Connect, although the two features have taken on far less importance in recent months. In September 2016, Apple began rolling out two new personalized music playlists called “My New Music Mix” and “My Favorite Mix.” The former is similar to Spotify’s popular “Discover Weekly” playlist. Both offer music based on your listening history.

Availability

Not surprisingly, Apple Music is available across all of Cupertino’s key products, iOS devices, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. It’s also available through iTunes on Mac/PC and Android devices. You can also stream Apple Music through CarPlay and Sonos systems.

Apple Music is available in over 100 countries around the world with more coming online each month. If you’re reading this article, it’s likely that Apple Music is available where you are.

Exclusivity

With iTunes, Apple was a master at offering content before anyone else. The company has had similar success with Apple Music. In its short life, Apple Music has been the home to exclusive music from Taylor Swift, Lil Yachty, Usher, Frank Ocean, among others. These exclusives usually have a short window, allowing the music to spread to other services after a period of time.

Costs

An individual Apple Music plan costs $9.99 per month. A family plan, which is good for up to six people, is priced at $14.99 per month. Student plans are available at $4.99 per month.

New subscribers can try Apple Music free for three months.

See also: How to Convert Apple Music to MP3

Spotify Premium

With 40 million paying customers worldwide, Spotify is the world’s top music-streaming service. First introduced in Sweden in 2006, the service is available in all corners of the world, including most of Europe, the Americas, and parts of Asia.

Unlike Apple Music, Spotify offers a free plan that includes ads. Though highly restrictive, this program allows would-be subscribers to experience Spotify without paying a dime. Offering this type of availability seems to be working, as there are currently 100 million Spotify total users worldwide.

Like the other services on our list, Spotify Premium gives you the ability to play any song, both on-demand and offline. Where Spotify Premium excels is with its “Discover Weekly” feature, which suggests music based on your music preferences and listening history. You also have access to custom playlists, which are put together by theme, decades, and genre.

Availability

You can find Spotify nearly everywhere, including iOS, Android, Amazon devices, Samsung Smart TVs, Roku, PlayStation, Sonos, and more. You can also use Spotify on the web.

To date, Spotify is available in nearly 60 countries with more coming online each year.

New subscribers can try Spotify Premium free for 30 days.

Exclusivity

Spotify isn’t known for offering many exclusives. The biggest news on this front, in fact, has been when artists have withheld new albums from the service due to royalty issues. Where Spotify does excel, however, is when it comes to curation. It offers lots of artist information, making it very easy to find songs to enjoy. It also does an excellent job of recommending additional artists based on your earlier preferences.

Cost

Spotify Premium is available for $9.99 per month for an individual subscription and $14.99 per month for a family plan. Students can purchase a subscription for $4.99 per month.

Which Music Streaming Service Is Best?

In general terms, Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, and Spotify Premium offer the same underlying features, on-demand music and the ability to download songs for offline listening. From there, each provides unique extras worth considering.

Amazon Music Unlimited is a great choice for Amazon Prime subscribers because of the extra discount it provides. Hardcore Amazon Alexa users can also benefit from selecting this service.

By contrast, if your world revolves around Apple products, Apple Music is probably the one for you. One of the biggest advantages of going this route is that Apple Music automatically merges your streaming content with what you’ve purchased from iTunes. This feature is a big deal if you’re looking to expand your current library across multiple devices.

Spotify Premium, meanwhile, is the best service for music discovery. This is an important point to consider if you’re the type of person that appreciates finding new music and artists.

As you can see, all three premium music streaming services have their advantages. You should therefore choose the one which best caters to your specific needs. However, I personally consider Apple Music the best option right now, unless of course you’re averse to all things Apple.

Besides offering iTunes integration, Apple Music is the only one of the three premium music streaming services being compared here offering a 90-day free trial. Which will give you plenty of time to determine whether it’s the service for you.

Original source from: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/spotify-apple-amazon-music-unlimited/.

How to Convert Apple Music to MP3

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Apple Music & DRM: Why We Convert Apple Music to MP3

Apple Music, launched back in 2015, is a music-streaming service developed by Apple Inc.  As of December 2016, Apple Music has already attracted more than 20 million paying subscribers. However, unlike iTunes, the Apple Music is all about streaming. That’s to say, you pay a fixed fee to unlock access to Apple Music’s entire catalogue, but you don’t actually own the music you listen to. Specifically speaking, songs from Apple Music store are protected by Apple’s FairPlay DRM. Because of which, you can only save the tracks and songs offline on your computer. You can’t burn the Apple Music songs onto a disc or put them on other devices. What’s worse, if you cancel the Apple Music subscription, you’ll lose access to those songs as they’ll automatically disappear from your library. So in order to get away from this kind of limit and listen to Apple Music on any player, we need to convert the Apple Music to MP3, a more commonly used format supported by all popular devices and players.

Best Tool to Convert Apple Music to MP3

To get rid of the DRM restriction from Apple Music and convert the protected songs to MP3 format, we’ll need to find out an ultimate DRM removal solution for Apple Music. Here we mean TunesKit Apple Music Converter for Mac/Windows. It’s a smart and powerful Apple Music DRM remover that can easily and completely remove DRM protection from Apple Music tracks and streams while converting the DRM-ed M4P songs to unprotected MP3 format with ID tags and CD quality preserved. In this case, you can freely access to your Apple Music songs even if you unsubscribe Apple Music streaming service.

 

How to Convert Apple Music to MP3 with TunesKit

Firstly make sure you installed the latest version of TunesKit Apple Music to MP3 Converter on your Mac or PC. It’s fully compatible with the latest iTunes. The following content shows you the simple guide on how to convert Apple Music songs to MP3 with TunesKit.

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Step 1. Import Apple Music offline tracks to TunesKit conversion window by either clicking “Add Files” button or dragging the songs to the interface.

Step 2. Choose output format as MP3. Currently TunesKit Apple Music Converter supports MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, FLAC, WAV formats.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start converting your Apple Music to MP3.

After the conversion completes, you can begin to transfer the DRM-free Apple Music songs to any MP3 player for playback.

Apple Music: Everything You Need to Know

What is Apple Music?

Apple Music is a streaming music service launched in WWDC 2015 by Apple. By using Apple Music, users can select music to stream to their devices on-demand, or they can listen to existing, curated playlists. Apple Music service is made up of three distinct segments: Music with access to over 30 million songs, the Internet radio station Beats 1, and the blog platform Connect that allows artists to share their posts, photos, videos, and tracks with subscribers.

How much does it cost to subscribe Apple Music service?

Apple Music offers a free three-month trial for everyone when they first subscribe the service, whether you own an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or PC. Once the free trial ends, you’ll have to pay $9.99/month or $14.99/month for families with up to six users if you want to continue taking advantage of all that Apple Music service. It’s also offering students in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand whose schools can be authenticated by third-party service Unidays a $4.99/month discounted membership option.

What do you get after subscribing Apple Music?

With a paid subscription or a free three-month trial with Apple Music service, you get all of the features, including: access to the entire Apple Music catalog, listen to any music you’ve purchased, ripped, or uploaded to your device, listen to Beats 1 radio, view and follow an artist’s Connect stream, save Apple Music songs to your library and listen offline, upload Apple Music tracks to iCloud Music Library for access on all your devices, access to Apple Music’s hand-curated recommendations and playlists.

What devices does Apple Music support?

Apple Music is compatible with iOS devices running version 8.4 or later, Macs and PCs running iTunes version 12.2 or later, and the Apple Watch 1.0.1 or later. It’s also available on Android devices and Apple TV now. To access to Apple Music’s live streams on those devices, it will require you logging in with your Apple ID set to a supported country.

What happens when you cancel the subscription?

If you cancel the subscription of Apple Music, any streaming music you’ve added to your library from the Apple Music catalog will no longer be playable. Generally speaking, you cannot listen to the Apple Music songs any more after unsubscribing Apple Music service.