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How to Move Apple Music Songs to SD Card

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In early February 2016, Apple updated Apple Music for Android and allowed Android users to download Apple Music to SD card or move downloaded Apple Music songs to SD card. The update is very useful for Android users who subscribed Apple Music as they don't need to worry about device storage any more. However, it's not so easy for iPhone or iPad users when they need to move Apple Music songs to SD card. In this article, we will introduce how to move Apple Music songs to SD card for both Android users and iOS users. For iOS users, Apple Music Converter provided below is needed.

Apple Music for Android Update Added SD Card Support

The earlier versions of Apple Music for Android didn't allow users to change download location. If you download lots of Apple Music tracks for offline listening, the tracks may eat up a lot of device storage. Many Apple Music subscribers on Android appealed Apple to add SD card support. On early February 2016, Apple released a version of Apple Music for Android and allowed Android users to change download location. It's definitely a good news. Moving Apple Music to SD card can free up a lot of internal storage, enable you to download as many tracks as you want as longs as your SD card is not full, help to reduce using data connection when you don't have a Wifi connection. Here we will show you how to move Apple Music to SD card on Android.

Step 1: Open your Android device, tap on Apple Music to launch it, tap on menu icon in upper left and click on Settings.

Step 2: Click "Download Location" option in the Downloads section, click Yes in "Change download location to SD card?" popup dialog. You should also notice the tip that "The music currently stored on your device will be transferred to your SD card."

Move Apple Music to SD Card on Android

Step 3: Accept the prompt when asked if you want to move all of your currently downloaded music, along with any future music to your SD card.

In the same way, you can also move Apple Music from SD card back to internal storage whenever you change your mind. However, please note that if your device doesn't support SD card, you won't be able to see the option to change storage locations.

However, if you take out SD card and plug it in another phone, Apple Music tracks in the SD card won't be recognized and played because of Apple Music's multimedia encryption technology.

Wanna Move Apple Music Songs to SD Card from iPhone or iPad?

There is no SD card slot in any iPhone or iPad, so you can't move Apple Music songs in your iPhone or iPad to SD card directly. There are also many iOS transfer programs which can help you transfer music from iPhone/iPad to PC, however, all iOS transfer programs can only transfer unprotected formats like MP3, M4A or WAV, and none of them can recognize Apple Music tracks.

You may think you can download the Apple Music tracks on computer instead, then copy them from Apple Music from your iTunes library location to SD card using a SD card reader, and insert SD card to any other devices to enjoy the Apple Music tracks, if you do so, the result will end up with a failure. Because all the Apple Music tracks downloaded for offline listening are in encrypted M4P format and the tracks are associated with the Apple ID. You can copy Apple Music M4P files to SD card but it won't be recognized and played on any device. The only solution is to decrypt and convert Apple Music tracks to MP3 or M4A first.

Apple Music Converter

Luckily, we have a professional Apple Music decryption tool called TuneMobie Apple Music Converter. Check the amazing features of TuneMobie Apple Music Converter below.

  • Convert Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A, FLAC, AC3, AIFF AU, MKA
  • Retain ID3 tags including song title, artist, album, computer, track number, genre, etc. in output MP3/M4A
  • Rename the output songs by ID3 tags and characters in bulk
  • Convert a bunch of Apple Music songs in 16X faster speed
  • Play converted Apple Music songs on iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, PSP, Sony Walkman and any MP3 players
  • Move converted Apple Music songs to SD card, external storages or upload to Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.

How to Convert Apple Music Songs to MP3 You Can Move to SD Card Directly

Follow the instructions below, and you can convert Apple Music songs to MP3 easily.

Step 1: Launch TuneMobie Apple Music Converter

Launch TuneMobie Apple Music Converter and iTunes or Music app (on macOS 10.15 Catalina or later) will be launched as well. All your Apple Music tracks will be sorted in Music playlist or displayed as Apple Music Playlists in the left panel.

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter interface

Step 2: Select Apple Music Tracks

Tick the checkbox to select the tracks you want to move to SD card. Tick the top checkbox to select the whole playlist. You can also use built-in search box to locate any Apple Music songs quickly.

Step 3: Choose MP3 as Output

In the bottom panel, choose MP3 as output format in the output format drag-down list. Depending on your need, you can choose MP3 audio quality. If necessary, you can also click Options button to set filename for output MP3 songs.

Choose MP3 as Output

Step 4: Click "Convert" Button to Start

Just click the "Convert" button on the toolbar to start conversion. All the selected songs will be converted to MP3 in a short time as the program performs 16X faster conversion speed.

Converting Apple Music to MP3

Step 5: Copy Converted Apple Music Tracks to SD Card

Now click "Open output file" and output folder will be opened. Insert SD card to SD card reader and connect to computer, copy converted Apple Music songs in the output folder and paste in SD card.

With Apple Music Converter, moving Apple Music songs to SD card is only a piece of cake. If you also need to move iTunes movies or TV shows to SD card, you will also face the same multimedia encryption problem. For such a situation, you can use M4V Converter Plus to convert iTunes M4V videos to all-purpose MP4 first, it will be lossless conversion with all subtitles and audio tracks retained. If you need move both Apple Music songs and iTunes M4V videos to SD card, iTunes Converter Toolkit which includes both programs with discount will be the best choice.

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