How to Burn CD from Apple Music Songs/Playlists

By James Blair Updated on 2024-05-17 / Update for Apple Music Tips

Can you burn CD from Apple Music songs? In fact, it's easy to burn iTunes music to CD within the app. But if you think it's the same case for burning Apple Music to CD, you are totally wrong. You may be wondering why can't I burn Apple Music to CD. When you do so, you'll probably be told that "Some of the Apple Music tracks cannot be burned to the disc because they are DRM-protected".

In this case, is there any alternative way to get Apple Music playlists burned to CDs? If you are having such queries, keep reading the this post and it will answer all these questions with the best Apple Music to CD converter introduced.

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Part 1. What Tools You'll Need to Burn A CD from Apple Music

To burn Apple Music to CD, you need to prepare things as below:

* AudFree Apple Music Converter for Mac/Windows: It is to remove protection from Apple Music and convert music to local audio files for use.
* Mac or Windows PC with disc drive: The computer needs to work well with AudFree Apple Music Converter and has a disc drive.
* Apple Music streaming subscription: You need to be an Apple Music subscriber to download music from Apple Music.
* CD or DVD burner on your computer: The computer needs to have a disc drive to burn CD.
* CD or DVD burning software: There must be burning tools installed on your computer like iTunes, etc.
* A blank CD-R or CD-RW disc: It is to keep local Apple Music files.

AudFree Apple Music Converter is a DRM removal tool that can remove DRM protection from Apple Music songs. In this case, you can burn the tracks to disc without any limits. It is noted that the Apple Music songs are protected by DRM which is used to control the use of copyrighted works. In result, the Apple Music tracks can only play well on selected devices like iOS, Mac, Android, Windows where Apple Music app is supported. Because of the DRM, you cannot copy the songs from Apple Music to common MP3 players, nor burn them to CDs. Worse still, if you unsubscribe Apple Music, all the downloaded songs will disappear from your iTunes library immediately.

Therefore, in order to burn the songs from Apple Music to CD, you must get the DRM removed from the music firstly. That's why you'll need AudFree Apple Music to CD Converter. In addition to remove DRM from Apple Music, it also converts the DRM-ed M4P songs to common MP3, AAC, WAV, etc. that are compatible with most CD burners.

AudFree Apple Music M4P Converter

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  • Completely bypass DRM encryption from Apple Music
  • Convert DRM M4P to MP3, WAV, FLAC, AAC, M4A, etc.
  • Keep all ID3 tags and metadata info as well as original music quality
  • Convert iTunes music/audiobooks, Audible files and local audio files

Part 2. How to Convert Apple Music to Local Files for Burning to CD

When you have all the required tools ready, simply check how to convert Apple Music songs/playlists to common files via AudFree DRM Audio Converter below.

Step 1Import Apple Music M4P tracks to AudFree
add apple music songs to audfree audio converter
Once installing and launching AudFree DRM Audio Converter, it will load iTunes automatically. After that, click the first 'Add' button at bottom left to add the completely downloaded Apple Music songs to AudFree.
Step 2Set output format for Apple Music songs
set output audio parameters for apple music tracks
Once the songs are loaded completely into AudFree, click the 'audio' icon next to the 'Convert' button at the bottom right. Then you'll be led to the Format Setting window to set the output profile. Here you can choose the output format as MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV or others. For each format, you can change the parameters like codec, channel, sample rate, and bit rate according to your needs. Then click 'OK' to save the settings.
Step 3Convert Apple Music as local files
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Now, hit the 'Convert' button to start converting the DRM-ed Apple Music songs to MP3. Once done, you'll get the unprotected tracks from the output folder.

Part 3. How to Burn CD from Apple Music Songs/Playlists

With the steps above, you get Apple Music common audio files. Then you can start to get Apple Music burn to CD without any limits. Now, follow the tutorial below to make it.

Way 1. Via iTunes on Windows/Apple Music on Mac

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your Windows or Apple Music app on your Mac computer and go to 'File' > 'New' > 'Playlist'. Then create a new playlist with the newly converted Apple Music songs you need to burn to disc. Simply type a name for the playlist and drag the DRM-free songs into the newly created playlist.

create new playlist in itunes for saving local apple music files

Step 2. Insert the blank disc into your computer disc driver. Then select the specific playlist containing the well converted Apple Music songs. Then right-click the playlist and select 'Burn Playlist to Disk'. Then, in the popup window, select a disc format and click 'Burn' to start burning your Apple Music songs to CD.

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Way 2. Via Windows Media Player

Step 1. Insert a blank CD disc into your Windows PC. Then find and open the Windows Media Player to detect your CD disc.

Step 2. Tap on the 'Burn' option on the right side, then add the local Apple Music files to the burning list.

add local apple music files to wmp burn list

Step 3. Now, click on the 'menu' icon near the 'clear list' option on the right. Then choose 'Audio CD' from the list.

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Step 4. After that, hit on the 'Start Burn' button to start to burn CD from Apple Music playlists and songs.

Way 3. Via VLC Media Player

Step 1. Install and open VLC media player on your Windows or Mac computer. Then head to insert a blank CD into your computer.

Step 2. Click on 'Media' > 'Convert/Save' from the list.

vlc convert and save option

Step 3. Tap on 'Disc' in the pop-up window, check 'Audio CD' and then click 'Browse' to choose the CD drive. After that, hit on 'Convert/Save'.

burn apple music playlist to cd via vlc

Step 4. In the Convert window, tap on the 'tool' icon, pick up MP3 as the output format and hit 'Save'.

Step 5. Hit on 'Browse' and select the folder with converted Apple Music files. Then choose songs you want to burn.

Step 6. At last, hit on the 'Start' button to burn a CD from Apple Music.

Part 4. FAQs about Burning Apple Music to CD

Q1: How Many Apple Music Files Can I Burn on a CD?

A: In fact, the format of the song files and the capacity of a CD depends how many songs you can save on a CD. In general, you can store about 74 minutes of song or about 150 MP3 files on a 650 MB audio CD. While some CDs can save 700 MB of music. For a DVD, it can hold 4.7 GB of music files.

Q2: What Kind of CD Should I Use to Burn Apple Music Songs/Playlists?

A: You can use CD-R discs as it can work with most stereo systems. While CD-RW discs only work with computers usually. If your computer supports burning DVD, then you can burn Apple Music playlists on a DVD-R or DVD-RW disc.

Q3: Why Can't I Burn Purchased Apple Music to CD?

A: If the songs you bought before 2009, they are DRM protected and can't be burned directly in the iTunes app. In this case, you can use AudFree Audio Converter to break the protection first and then burn music files to CD via other CD burners.

View also: How to Buy and Download Music from iTunes

Q4: Can I Burn a CD from Apple Music without iTunes?

A: Yes, you can. In this post, we list other tools for you to burn CD from Apple Music files. They are Windows Media Player and VLC media player. Besides, you can use Burn app on Mac and else to make it. But before doing that, you need to save Apple Music to local files via AudFree Apple Music Converter.

Part 5. In Conclusion

In a word, from this post, now you know what you need for burning CDs. Also, you get the detailed steps on how to burn Apple Music to CD via CD burners on your Windows or Mac computer. But it is noted that you need to get local audio files of Apple Music first. Here AudFree Audio Converter would be your best helper. It can remove protection from Apple Music and convert Apple Music files to common audio formats for use on other platforms and devices. In this case, you can easily burn downloaded Apple Music to CD without any limitation. Besides, you can listen to Apple Music offline anyhwhere and anytime.

James Blair

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