How do I download my entire music Library from Apple Music to my iPhone?

Can I download all my Apple Music to my iPhone?

Yes, it is possible to download your entire Apple Music library to your iPhone. With Apple Music, you can save music for offline listening, allowing you to access your favorite songs and playlists even when you don’t have an internet connection.

How do I download all my Apple Music at once?

There are a couple of different ways you can download your full Apple Music library to your iPhone:

Option 1: Use the “Download All” button

The easiest way is to use the “Download All” button in the My Music section of the Apple Music app:

1. Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the Library tab at the bottom.

3. Tap on Downloads.

4. At the top, tap on Edit.

5. Tap on Download All.

This will start downloading your entire Apple Music library to your iPhone. Keep in mind this can take awhile if you have a lot of songs and playlists saved.

Option 2: Manually download playlists and albums

You can also manually go through and download specific playlists and albums:

1. Open the Apple Music app and tap on the Library tab.

2. Browse through your library and tap on a playlist or album you want to download.

3. Tap on the download icon (a downward arrow) next to the playlist or album name.

4. Repeat this process for all playlists and albums you want to download.

While this takes longer, it allows you to selectively choose which music gets downloaded rather than automatically downloading everything.

How do I manage my downloaded Apple Music library?

Once you’ve downloaded Apple Music content to your iPhone, you can manage those downloads from the Library > Downloads section:

– View all downloaded music – This shows everything you’ve downloaded for offline listening.

– Edit which music is downloaded – Tap “Edit” and then tap the “x” icon next to any album or playlist to delete the download and free up space.

– Download more playlists or albums – Use the plus icon to add more content to download.

– Delete old downloads – Tap on “Clear All Downloads” to remove everything downloaded and start fresh.

– See download progress – Songs and playlists will show a download progress bar so you can see how much longer downloads will take.

– Set download limits – You can limit how much music takes up space on your iPhone. Go to Settings > Music > Downloads to set a limit.

How many songs or storage space can I download?

There is no specific limit for how many songs you can download from Apple Music to your iPhone. However, your available storage space determines how much music you can save for offline listening before needing to remove old downloads.

Here are some storage space guidelines for Apple Music downloads:

– 16GB iPhone – Up to 3,000 songs downloaded

– 32GB iPhone – Up to 7,000 songs downloaded

– 64GB iPhone – Up to 14,000 songs downloaded

– 128GB iPhone – Up to 30,000 songs downloaded

– 256GB iPhone – Up to 60,000 songs downloaded

Note that actual song storage varies based on file size for each song downloaded. You may need to remove some downloads if you reach the limit of your iPhone’s storage capacity.

Do Apple Music downloads expire?

Downloaded Apple Music songs do not expire. You can keep Apple Music content downloaded on your iPhone for as long as you want. The downloads will stay on your device unless you manually delete them or remove them to free up space.

However, if you unsubscribe from Apple Music, you will lose access to download or stream any songs in the Apple Music library – this includes any downloaded content. But any music purchases you’ve made via iTunes will remain on your device.

Can I redownload Apple Music songs?

Yes, you can redownload Apple Music songs and playlists as much as you want. If you delete a downloaded album or playlist, or lose downloads due to a new device, you can easily get that content back:

1. Go to Library > Downloads in the Apple Music app.
2. Tap Edit.
3. Find the album or playlist you want to redownload.
4. Tap the “+” icon next to it to download it again.

As long as the content is still in your iCloud Music Library, you can redownload it whenever needed. Your previous Apple Music downloads are not lost forever if you delete them.

Do Apple Music downloads work offline?

Yes! The main benefit of downloading Apple Music content is so you can listen offline when you don’t have an internet connection.

For example, you can listen to downloaded Apple Music playlists on a plane, subway, or anywhere else without WiFi or cellular data. Downloads also allow listening in low service areas where streaming may cut in and out.

The downloads are saved right on your device, so you can play them from your Music library even when offline. No internet connection required once the content has been downloaded.

Can I download Apple Music on multiple devices?

Luckily, Apple Music downloads are not limited to just one device. You can download your Apple Music library across multiple devices including:

– iPhone
– iPad
– iPod Touch
– Apple Watch
– Mac/PC using iTunes
– Apple TV

Each device has a separate limit for storage space and number of downloads. But you can sync your Apple Music library of playlists and albums so it is available to download onto any device signed into your Apple ID.

How do I organize my downloaded Apple Music library?

To keep your hefty Apple Music download collection organized on your iPhone, here are some tips:

– View by playlist, artist, album, song – Toggle through different views in the Downloads section.

– Create your own playlists – Add downloaded songs to custom playlists to categorize by genre, mood etc.

– Use offline playlists – Make special playlists for offline listening. The songs will be automatically downloaded.

– Rename playlists – To easily identify playlists, rename them to something memorable.

– Delete old downloads – Regularly clear out downloads you no longer need to help organize.

– Sort downloads alphabetically – Tap the 3 dots in the Downloads section and choose to sort A-Z.

– Search downloads – Use the iPhone search bar to quickly find downloads.

Taking the time to organize your Apple Music downloads makes it much easier to navigate your offline music library.

What happens if I get a new iPhone?

When you get a new iPhone, you’ll need to transfer your Apple Music downloads over from your old device:

1. Backup your old iPhone to iCloud or iTunes. This saves your downloads.

2. Restore that iCloud/iTunes backup onto your new iPhone during setup.

3. Sign into the Apple Music app using the same Apple ID as your previous device.

4. Go to Downloads and tap “Restore Downloads”. This will redownload anything saved before.

Your Apple Music library, playlists, and downloads get migrated over to the new iPhone with this process. You may need to redownload anything added right before getting your new phone.

Do Apple Music downloads count against iCloud storage?

Downloaded Apple Music songs do not count against your iCloud storage limit. The iCloud storage quota only applies to device backups, photos, documents, app data, and other files saved in iCloud Drive.

So you don’t need to worry about Apple Music downloads filling up your iCloud capacity and you can keep any iCloud subscription tier. Your downloads get saved directly on your iPhone storage, not in iCloud.

Can I choose where Apple Music downloads are saved?

Apple does not currently provide the ability to select where Apple Music downloads are saved. Any music you download from the Apple Music library will be saved automatically in the default Music app storage location on your iPhone.

There is no way to change the download destination folder or move the files to external storage like an SD card or USB drive.

The advantage of this limitation is that the Music app can reliably access the downloads without you needing to manage various storage locations. But it does mean you need enough native iPhone storage space for any Apple Music downloads.

Do Apple Music downloads work with Airplane Mode?

Yes, Apple Music downloads will continue to play as normal even when Airplane Mode is enabled on your iPhone.

Since the content is saved right on your device storage, your downloads are not affected by Airplane Mode disconnecting from the internet and wireless connections.

Listening to downloaded Apple Music playlists, albums, and songs works just like the rest of your offline iPhone music library with Airplane Mode turned on. You retain full functionality without any internet access.

Can I use Apple Music downloads forever?

Unfortunately, you cannot use Apple Music downloads indefinitely. If you unsubscribe or cancel your Apple Music membership, you will lose access to play or download any songs from their catalog.

However, any music you purchased (not just downloaded) through iTunes is yours to keep forever, even after an Apple Music subscription ends.

So make sure to buy any individual songs or albums you want to guarantee access before canceling. Downloads are only available to play while paying for Apple Music.

What is the download quality of Apple Music?

Apple Music downloads have a high 256 kbps AAC bitrate quality. This results in smooth audio that sounds great on any iOS device.

Some key notes about Apple Music download quality include:

– Format is MPEG-4 AAC (.M4A file extension)

– Bitrate of 256 kbps (kilobits per second)

– Sample rate of 44.1 kHz

– Audio is compressed but near CD quality

– Higher bitrate than Spotify (max 160 kbps for downloads)

– DRM copy protection prevents unauthorized use

While not completely lossless, the combination of AAC compression and high 256 kbps bitrate provides excellent sound quality for downloaded Apple Music files.

Can I play Apple Music downloads on other devices?

You can play Apple Music downloads only on authorized Apple devices logged into your Apple ID account. This includes:

– iPhone
– iPad
– iPod Touch
– Mac/PC using iTunes app
– Apple TV using AirPlay from an iOS device
– Apple Watch (requires iPhone connection)

Due to DRM copy protection, you cannot natively play the .m4a downloads on non-Apple devices like Android phones, Google Home speakers, Roku, game consoles, etc.

Options to use downloads elsewhere:

– Stream to Chromecast/Google Home using iPhone AirPlay
– Burn to an audio CD then re-rip
– Convert to MP3 by recording analog audio output

But these workarounds lose quality or can be complicated. Playback directly on Apple devices is recommended.

Can I upload my own music to Apple Music library?

Apple Music does not currently support uploading your own song files to their servers like some other music services. The Apple Music library is curated and controlled fully by Apple.

However, you can add your own music files stored locally on your iPhone to playlists that also contain Apple Music songs. But these local tracks cannot be added to other devices or accessed through iCloud.

Options to integrate personal music with Apple Music include:

– Add local files to playlists with Apple Music tracks.
– Use iTunes on a computer to sync music.
– Use third-party cloud storage services.

While not as seamless as some competitors, Apple Music can still combine both your downloads and personal music library.

Is Apple Music better than Spotify for downloads?

Apple Music has some advantages over Spotify when it comes to downloading music for offline listening:

– Higher bitrate quality (256 kbps vs. 160 kbps max for Spotify)
– No download limits based on subscription tier
– Original quality maintained for downloads
– More seamless device syncing of downloads
– Slightly better organization of library

However, Spotify also offers great download functionality:

– Spotify has higher max songs for downloading per device (10,000 vs. 100,000 for Spotify)
– Spotify allows local file uploads
– Spotify gives more streaming playlist options
– Spotify works on more external platforms

Overall, Apple Music may have a slight edge for those focused purely on downloads due to higher audio quality. But Spotify is also a great option with similar offline listening and device syncing capabilities. The ideal service depends on your specific needs.

Should I download my Apple Music library if I have unlimited data?

If you have an unlimited cellular data plan, downloading your Apple Music library is less essential but still recommended for a few key reasons:

Advantages of Downloading with Unlimited Data

– Avoid data throttling in congested areas
– Consistent playback in areas with poor signal
– Listen offline in Airplane mode
– Play music anywhere even with no cell service
– Higher audio quality than streaming
– Build playlists for offline listening

Downsides of Downloading with Unlimited Data

– Takes up limited device storage space
– Time consuming to manage downloads
– Cannot access new songs immediately
– Does not work after canceling Apple Music

Even with unlimited data, downloading your favorite Apple Music content can provide a better listening experience. But you may want to be more selective in what you download rather than your entire library. Evaluate your listening habits and needs.


Downloading your Apple Music library to your iPhone provides the ability to listen offline, save on data usage, and access your favorite music anywhere. While it takes some time to download, the process is relatively straightforward either through the “Download All” feature or manually choosing albums and playlists.

Optimizing Apple Music downloads involves managing your storage, syncing across devices, understanding download limits, and organizing your offline music collection. While downloads expire if you unsubscribe from Apple Music, they provide high-quality audio and seamless access as long as you remain a paid member.

Overall, downloading music for offline use is one of the best features of Apple Music. By saving Apple Music content to your iPhone, you can ensure you always have your music library available, even without an internet connection.