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How to Save Apple Music to SD Card

We have been receiving a number of requests for help from users who want to download Apple Music to the SD card but don't know how to do it. So, why do people want to do this? I think there are two main reasons. The first is that even though the mobile phone market is now mature and the capacity of mobile phones allows us to download all kinds of multimedia files. But when your phone has been in use for a while, too many apps, audiobooks, videos, and pictures can cause your phone to lag or even have problems. So you'll want to let the SD card take some of the memory pressure off.

The other aspect is that if you have a playlist, album, or artist that you really like, you'll want to save all your favorite music from Apple Music to the SD card and keep it handy. But you'll find that Apple Music tracks are unplayable and even more unrecognizable by other unauthorized devices. No need to worry, this article today will solve your worries once and for all. We will show you how to save songs from Apple Music to an SD card on your Android or iOS devices.

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Part 1: How to Save Apple Music to SD Card? (For Android Users)

For years Apple has been trying to build its media empire. Apple Music is a microcosm of this. Unlike Apple's other business lines, Apple Music is not only compatible with Apple's products but is also available on Android devices. This has helped Apple to gain new users and increase its user base.

Apple Music is an important part of Apple's media estate. And this streaming service platform not only supports iOS but also Android devices. Back in 2016, Apple added support for the download to SD card feature for Android users. This feature has important implications for users. Because as long as you're using an Android device with a micro SD card slot, you can download your favorite Apple Music tracks to the SD card, freeing up a lot of space in the device's internal storage. Of course, if you're using an iOS device, the official method currently only supports users using the internal storage of their mobile device for saving songs for the time being.

Next, let's start with how to download Apple music to an SD card for offline playback on an Android phone.

Step 1 If you don't already have the Apple Music app on your phone, head to the Google Play Store to download the latest version.

Step 2 Open Apple Music, then go to "Settings > Download Location".

Step 3 Select the "SD card" option from the pop-up list and click "YES" to confirm the action.

Step 4 In your music library, select a song, album, or playlist and touch it, then tap Download. And all downloaded songs will be stored on the SD card.

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This feature is surprising but you will also find that it doesn't work exactly as you would expect. You'll find that Apple Music for Android doesn't offer the option to change the default download location. You can't just jump to the download location and transfer the files there. Not only that, but while Apple Music's cached data takes up a lot of space, at the same time, you can't search for the relevant downloaded audio files - why?

Because the audio files that have been saved as M4P are protected and are actually only recognized by the Apple Music app. This is why there are many restrictions on the playback of stored Apple Music. If you have rooted your Android device, you can find these cache files via this path: "/data/user/0/
" . But it doesn't help. What you need are the tools we're about to introduce in Part 2. A tool that will help you download valid Apple Music songs. Once downloaded, the songs can be easily transferred to any device, whether Android or iOS.

Part 2: How to Download & Transfer Apple Music to SD Card? (For All Devices)

As we mentioned above, Apple Music downloaded to your SD card is not playable on devices that do not support/are not compatible with the Apple Music app or iTunes. This is because Apple Music provides the download function only to allow offline playback in certain circumstances, the file itself is still a protected audio format with Apple's FairPlay DRM. And the songs you download are subject to your membership expiry date in addition to whether or not your device is authorized. The songs you download are limited by the validity of your membership in addition to whether or not your device is authorized. All you need to do to save a valid Apple Music track to your SD card is to first remove the DRM from the song and convert the Apple Music tracks to MP3 format.

TunePat Apple Music Converter is a powerful and efficient audio conversion solution for downloading Apple Music. With this tool, you can export Apple Music in normal MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, or ALAC formats. Easy to use and suitable for novices. You can perform batch conversions very easily and up to ten times the speed can be supported. Next, let's look at the specific steps.

Key Features of TunePat Apple Music Converter

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TunePat Apple Music Converter

  • okDownload songs, albums, playlists, and podcasts from Apple Music.
  • okConvert Apple Music songs to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC.
  • okPreserve the original quality of the songs after conversion.
  • okKeep ID3 tags including Title, Album, Artist, etc.
  • okDownloaded songs can be played on the USB drive, Amazon Echo, etc.

Note: To use this method, you need to have an Apple Music account within the subscription period!

2.1 Convert and Download Apple Music to Computer

Step 1Sign into Your Apple Music Account to Get Access to the Library

Run the TunePat Apple Music Converter. Access TunePat's embedded Apple Music online player from the "Open Apple Music Web Player" button in the center of the home screen. If this is your first time using it, you will see on-screen instructions reminding you to log in to your Apple ID.

Note: Please be assured that the TunePat program is green and 100% secure. You can safely log out of your account at any time after you have finished converting the wanted Apple Music.

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Step 2 Set the Parameters as Your Preference

Before selecting an Apple Music song, album, or playlist to download, go to the "Settings" module to complete the output settings. Select the output format according to your needs. If you are looking for a subsequent transfer to an SD card, then generally we would recommend "MP3". You can also choose the output sound quality, output file name, output path, etc. Close the pop-up window directly after completing your selection.

The following parameters can be changed:

Output Format: Auto, MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC
Bit Rate: 320kbps, 256kbps, 192kbps, 128kbps
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 96 kHz, 192 kHz
Output File Name: Track Number, Title, Artist, Album, Playlist Index, Year
Output Organized: None, Playlist, Artist, Album, Artist/Album, Album/Artist, Playlist/Artist, Playlist/Album

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Step 3Select Apple Music to Download as MP3 Files

Now please open the song, album, or playlist you wish to convert. You will then see the "Add to list" button in the bottom right corner of the program screen change from grey to blue. Please click on it. TunePat will then automatically recognize the song and display it in a pop-up.

As you can see, the program selects all of them by default. If you don't like any of them, you can also check the small space next to the Title and then manually tick the songs you like. Finally, click on the "Convert Now" button. If necessary, you can also click on the "Save to list" button to temporarily save the song to the list to be converted, and then go on to select other songs in other playlists to be converted together.

Step 4Converting Apple Music Onto Local Computer

At this point, you just need to be patient and wait for the conversion to complete. Once all songs have been successfully converted, you can go to the "History" section to view the history, or you can just double-click on the song to play it.

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2.2 Transfer the Downloaded Apple Music to SD Card (Android or iPhone)

Please visit the output folder you have just set up. Alternatively, click on the Folder (Show in Windows Explorer) icon to the right of any converted song in the History panel to jump directly to the output folder. Then, please find all the songs you have just converted in the output folder. Then begin the steps to complete the song transfer.

Step 1Connect the SD card to your computer via a card reader.

Step 2Once connected successfully, select all the songs in the output folder you have just made and click Ctrl+C or right-click and select Copy to copy them.

Step 3Press on Ctrl+V or right-click to select the Paste option to move all Apple Music to the SD card folder.


In summary, if you have an Android device, either method will help you save Apple music to an external SD card. If you are looking for a more comprehensive approach that will make the songs transferred to the SD card successfully readable on any device, then we highly recommend you use method two by using TunePat. This method allows you to keep Apple Music permanently and the downloaded songs can be transferred to an SD card, Fitbit Versa, Serato DJ, and many other devices or software.

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