How to download music from iTunes

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Perhaps not everyone knows it but iTunes is not only the default multimedia player of Apple-branded computers: it is also an online store, through which it is possible to download music, and a client for the Apple Music music streaming service . There is, therefore, no surprise that, from time to time, it may happen to hear friends, relatives and colleagues say to download music from iTunes . However, if you are reading this guide, it is because this practice has intrigued you and, now, you would like to know more. If this is actually the case, you don’t have to worry: I’m ready to explain everything you need, so that you can learn how to download your favorite music from the famous Cupertino company store.

Before you can get alarmed and think the worst, I want to reassure you about one thing right away: downloading songs from iTunes is very easy and doesn’t require any special knowledge, either in the world of computers or in the world of music. In fact, just a few clicks (or a few taps) and all your favorite songs can be downloaded and stored on various devices. In fact, I’ll tell you how to achieve this goal by acting as a PC and smartphone and tablet, so that you can also transfer your music to CD and USB stick (if the rights of the downloaded songs allow it).

Therefore, if you are ready to read this guide of mine, I invite you to take a few minutes of free time and carefully follow the procedures that I will describe to you. I’m sure that, in the end, you will be more than satisfied with the result. All I have to do is wish you a good reading and, above all, a good listening!

How to download already purchased music from iTunes

If you have purchased music on iTunes , you can download it to your computer or smartphone or tablet in a very simple way: all you have to do is pay close attention to the procedures that I will describe to you in the following chapters.

Download music from iTunes with PC and Mac

Download music from iTunes to PC

If you’re using a Windows PC or a Mac and want to download music from iTunes , the first thing you need to do is check that the famous media player from Apple is installed on your computer.

If your computer is a Mac , I have good news for you: iTunes is pre-installed and, therefore, you simply have to launch it, to be able to start using it. If, on the other hand, your computer is based on Windows , if you have not already installed iTunes, you must do so through the Windows 10 Microsoft Store or by downloading the classic .exe file from the official Apple website. You can find more details on the iTunes installation procedure by reading this guide of mine.

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After starting iTunes , in its main screen, use the appropriate drop-down menu, located at the top left, to select the Music item . At this point, click on the Store tab , in the top bar. Once this is done, you should see the home page of the iTunes Store with the list of the most interesting albums of the moment. To browse the sales charts or the album list, based on musical genres, use the buttons and items found in the side area of ​​the screen. To search for a specific artist or song, use the Search text box instead , located at the top right.

Subsequently, to download a song or album of your interest, just click on the button located next to the title of the same and indicating the purchase price . After clicking on this button, enter your Apple account password, press the Buy button and wait for the purchase procedure to be completed. I remind you that, to complete a successful purchase, you must associate iTunes with an Apple ID and register a valid payment method with it. I told you about this procedure in my guide on how to buy on iTunes.

The standard prices of the albums are variable and can even reach 16.99 euros ; those of single songs, on the other hand, vary from 0.99 to 1.29 euros . There are, however, offers with albums and singles at lower and more accessible costs. You can find the most interesting offers on the main page of the iTunes Store, under the headings  Albums for less than €5 ,  Albums for less than €6  and  Albums for less than €7 .

Once the purchase is complete, the song will be downloaded to be listened to offline on other devices (as it lacks digital protection measures). You can view the purchased song by accessing the Music section of iTunes on your PC or Mac or by accessing the Music app on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, after logging in to your Apple account.

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Download music from iTunes with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Download music from iTunes to iPhone

If you have an iPhone , an iPad or an iPod Touch , know that you can download music from iTunes directly from your Apple device. To do this, just access the home screen of the device and press the iTunes Store icon (the app with the purple icon that depicts a star).

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Before accessing the iTunes Store, make sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network or mobile data is enabled. Otherwise, you won’t be able to view content in the iTunes Store or download music from iTunes. If you don’t know how to do it, you can take a look at my guide on how to connect iPhone to the Internet (also valid for other iOS devices).

Once the iTunes Store main screen is displayed , press the Music item , located in the bottom bar. Once this is done, you should see the home page of the iTunes Store with the list of the most interesting albums of the moment. To browse the sales charts or album list by your favorite music genres, use the buttons located at the top of the screen. To search for artists and songs directly, use the Search icon instead , located at the bottom.

To download a song or album of interest, just press the button next to its title, indicating its purchase price . After pressing this button, enter the password of your Apple account or confirm the operation using the Face ID or Touch ID of the device in use (if supported). After that, wait for the procedure to complete, which will also involve downloading the song. If you wish, before downloading a song or album, you can listen to a short preview of it by pressing its title .

Once the download is complete, you can then listen to the downloaded music using the Music app on your device or by accessing the Music section of iTunes on your PC or Mac, after logging in with your Apple account.

How to download music from iTunes for free

Download music from iTunes for free

If your intention is to download music from iTunes for free , it will be useful to know that this operation is only possible during some promotions, by downloading some specific contents, such as podcasts , or by using the Apple Music music streaming service .

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Podcasts can be downloaded free of charge from the appropriate Podcast section in the iTunes Store . As far as promotional content is concerned, offers are available at certain times to get songs for free or you can subscribe to a three-month free trial of the Apple Music music streaming service (which then costs €9.99/month or 99 euros/year) and download all the music you want and listen to it offline.

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To download a song from Apple Music, just locate it in the service library and first press the + icon located next to it, to add it to your personal library, and then the cloud icon , to download it offline. Clearly, the songs downloaded via Apple Music, being protected by DRM (the digital “padlocks” for the protection of copyrighted content), can only be played in iTunes and in the iOS Music app, provided that the application is associated to the same Apple ID.

For more information on this, I suggest you read my guides on how to download free music from iTunes and how Apple Music works, in which I have told you in detail about all the solutions that can help you download free music from iTunes.

How to download music from iTunes to iPhone

Download music from iTunes to iPhone

If you want to transfer your personal music to iTunes , in order to manage it through this software and then send it to your iPhone , the procedure is simple. However, you must first consider whether you want to sync songs and whether you want to manage your music through iTunes or iCloud Music Library .

In this regard, to be sure you don’t make any mistakes and therefore carry out all the operations necessary to download music from iTunes to the iPhone, my advice is to carefully read this guide of mine dedicated to the subject.

How to download music from iTunes to CD

Download music from iTunes to CD

If you want, you can burn your favorite songs from your iTunes library to CD : the procedure to follow is extremely simple and only takes a few minutes.

First, you need to figure out if you want to create a CD with only your imported music or if you want to insert the music purchased from iTunes as well. In the latter case, it is important that the music tracks are converted to MP3 first, in case you want to create an MP3 CD .

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Converting songs to MP3 must also be done if you have imported music files in a format other than MP3. For the creation of Audio CDs , on the other hand, you don’t have to do anything, as iTunes will automatically carry out all the necessary conversions.

Also, please note that if you purchased music on iTunes before the introduction of the new iTunes Plus format (AAC at 258kbps) or if you want to copy music downloaded from Apple Music to CD , the music is DRM protected and therefore you cannot convert it or, in general, export it. For this reason, you will need to subscribe to iTunes Match , at a cost of 24.99 euros / year , to get DRM-free music tracks.

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Convert music to MP3 with iTunes

Having said that, let’s move on to action. First, to convert your favorite songs to MP3, go to the Edit> Windows Preferences menu or in the iTunes> macOS Preferences menu. On the screen that appears to you, select the General tab and click on the Import Settings button . In the box that is then shown to you, choose the item MP3 encoder from the drop-down menu located next to the item Import using and press OK twice consecutively.

Now, select the songs that are not in MP3 format, i.e. those purchased from iTunes or those imported in a different format, and select the items File> Convert> Create MP3 version from the top menu. Then wait a few seconds for the procedure to complete.

Once this is done, you need to organize all the songs you want to burn to the CD into a playlist . If you don’t know how to do it, you can follow the instructions I gave you in my guide on how to create a playlist, in which I also told you how to proceed via iTunes.

At this point, in the iTunes sidebar , in the Music section , right-click on the playlist name and, in the context menu, choose the Burn playlist to disc item . In the box that appears to you, then choose the MP3 CD option , in case you have followed my instructions in the previous paragraphs, through which I explained how to convert songs to MP3. If not, you can simply create an audio CD (time-limited for songs hosted by the medium), choosing the Audio CD item .

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At this point, select the burning speed you prefer, using the drop-down menu next to the heading Preferred speed , insert the blank disc into the appropriate PC burner and press the Burn button to start the disc writing process.

How to Download Music from iTunes on Android

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If you want to move your imported iTunes music or music purchased from this Apple virtual store to your Android smartphone or tablet , you’ll be happy to know that you can do this easily.

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Since Android smartphones play so many digital music formats, you certainly won’t have to worry about transferring the music you’ve imported to iTunes. The problem – if we can define it that way – can arise for music purchased from iTunes, if it was purchased before the implementation of the new AAC format. In this case, I advise you to follow the suggestions I gave you in the previous chapter. The same goes, of course, for music from Apple Music.

Now, to transfer your music to Android, my advice is to select all the songs from the Library section and drag them out of iTunes, into any folder on your PC. Once this is done, connect your Android smartphone or tablet to the PC, as I explained to you in this guide of mine, and access the device’s Music folder .

Well, we’re almost there! Now all you have to do is drag the music from your PC folder to your Android smartphone or tablet to start the transfer. If you want to know more about this procedure, I suggest you read my guide on how to upload music to Android, in which I also told you about alternative methods to achieve this.

How to download music from iTunes to USB stick

USB pendrive

Downloading music from iTunes to a USB stick does not require you to carry out procedures other than those I have already described to you in the previous chapter of this tutorial, regarding Android.

In fact, after exporting the music from iTunes to a folder on your computer, all you have to do is connect the USB stick to the PC, as I explained to you in my guide, and drag the music tracks to the portable memory. Easy, right?

If you want to know more about this topic, I suggest you read my guide on how to download music to a USB stick.

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