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How to Download Lossless ALAC from Apple Music

Updated on: April 28, 2024
Category: Apple Music Tips

Apple in June 2021 has released (hi-res) lossless audio to all Apple Music subscribers at no extra cost, called Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC). Any playlist or track in lossless quality will have a grey Lossless button beside it. If you would like to access the lossless ALAC version of music, only need to redownload it from your iTunes library. But remember to connect to the Wi-Fi network in case of plentiful cellular data loss.

Downloading ALAC lossless audio from Apple Music is pretty simple today. But so far, some still have a few confusion when trying to make Apple Music Lossless Settings or download iTunes ALAC files to computer. Fret not, here on this page you'll get the best answer.

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How to Download Apple Music Lossless ALAC

Here this part we will show you how to change the lossless audio quality settings for Apple Music, so that you're able to enjoy or download them in a high definition output:

Apple Music Lossless Settings for iPhone or iPad:

Step 1 Go to "Setting > Music > Audio Quality" on your iOS mobile device.

Step 2 On the top of the new window, toggle on the "Lossless Audio" option.

Step 3 Below you can change different audio quality when using mobile data, Wi-Fi, or downloading. Click one of them and choose "Lossless" as needed.

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Apple Music Lossless Settings for Mac Computer:

Step 1 Launch the Apple Music on your Mac, and directly go to "Music > Preference > Playback".

Step 2 Tick on the option of "Lossless audio" box, then choose "High Resolution Lossless" on the Streaming and Download option.

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Now, you can see a Lossless icon showing that your Apple Music song is in ALAC at 24-bit, 96kHz quality.

How to Convert Apple Music to Lossless ALAC

When streaming Apple Music Lossless, you can get up to 24-bit, 48kHz quality; While for Hi-Res Lossless, you'll have access to up to 24-bit, 192 kHz output. How to have these high-solution Apple Music songs offline? Is there any method to download Apple Music ALAC Lossless to computer?

Definitely yes! NoteBurner Apple Music Lossless Downloader has been updated to convert Apple Music to lossless ALAC/MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF and preserve original quality data. It's a 100% clean & safe iTunes ALAC downloader compatible with Windows 7/8/10/11 and macOS 10.15-14 Sonoma. By using this program, you can add lossless ALAC files to DJ, or burn them to CD with more freedom.

Tool Required: NoteBurner Apple Music Lossless Downloader

  • Convert Apple Music files to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC;
  • Convert iTunes audio at 10X faster speed with lossless quality;
  • Keep ID3 Tags & lyric after conversion;
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Tutorial: Use NoteBurner to Export Lossless ALAC from Apple Music

In the following part, we will show you how to use this NoteBurner Apple Music to ALAC converter to download lossless & hi-res Apple Music to Mac or Windows computers.

1 Add Apple Music ALAC Songs

Launch NoteBurner Apple Music Converter and then select "Apple Music App" download mode. Tap the "Add" icon, in the new window, it will show up all your music library, tick on the lossless track you want to download.

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2 Choose Output Format as ALAC

Simply click the icon "Settings", where you are able to choose Conversion Mode, Output Format, Bit Rate, Sample Rate, and so on. Here please choose "iTunes Record" mode, the "ALAC" output format, "48kHz or 192 kHz" sample rate.


3 Convert Apple Music to ALAC

After customization, click the button "Convert" and NoteBurner will download iTunes music to ALAC with original quality & ID3 tags kept.


4 Find the Offline Apple Music ALAC Files

After converting, go to the "Converted" list, hover to the music, and click the icon "Folder". Then you'll be directed to the Apple Music streaming files in ALAC (.m4a) format.


Extra Tips: What Devices Support Apple Music Lossless

>> Supported: Apple Music Lossless audio can be listened to on Mac, Apple TV, iPhone, iPod, and HomePod. Learn more details on playing lossless ALAC quality on different Apple devices.

>> Unsupported: AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or AirPods, and other wireless Bluetooth cannot support lossless ALAC audio. They only ensure the AAC codec quality.

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Final Words

If you want to listen to lossless audio quality, Apple Music HD music is one of the perfect choices. Once you subscribed to Apple Music, you can simply enable the lossless audio preference to enjoy the high solution streamings.

But if you want to download Apple Music ALAC files to computer, or convert Apple Music to ALAC lossless format, it's suggested to use NoteBurner iTunes Audio Converter, which supports to convert any iTunes songs to ALAC/MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF with zero loss!

Tips: You can only convert the first 1 minute of each audio with the free trial version. Please buy the full version to unlock its limits.

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