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How to Download YouTube Music AAC Files Losslessly

Updated on: April 29, 2024
Category: YouTube Music Tips

If you'd like to play YouTube Music offline, it's a good idea to download YouTube Music as AAC track files.

Is YouTube Music free to use? YouTube Music does provide a freemium business model for listening online, yet it comes with adverts interruption & lower audio quality. If you've joined YouTube Music Premium, only $10.99 each month to access more than 100 million ads-free tracks for streaming offline.

If you're new to YouTube Music and unaware of its music format or quality, we'll explain it to you in detail below. Also, you'll get helpful tips to download YouTube Music to AAC losslessly, whether you're YouTube Music Premium or not.

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What's YouTube Music?

Released in 2018, YouTube Music has now become one of the most popular streaming music services on the planet. Except for millions of videos on YouTube, you can also enjoy a mass of official songs, albums, playlists, artist radios, and music videos on YouTube's add-on platform - YouTube Music.

There're four tiers on YouTube Music - Free, Premium, Family, and Student Plan. The main differences between the free and paid plans are that paid members are able to listen to ad-free & uninterrupted tracks, play music in the background, download entire playlists all at once, enjoy higher sound quality, and so on.

What's the Audio Quality on YouTube Music?

When talking about the music quality between YouTube Music Free and Premium, it varies from plan to plan.

Free tier users can get a maximum of two quality settings:

  • Low: 48kbps AAC (uses the least data)
  • Normal: 128kbps AAC (default settings)

Paid YouTube Music Premium members are able to get the additional higher quality:

  • High: 256kbps AAC (the highest quality setting)
  • Always High: 256 kbps AAC (maintains this even when the connection is poor)

To switch YouTube Music quality settings, the following detailed steps will work you through:

Step 1 On the YouTube Music app, tap on your profile and "Settings".

Step 2 Choose the "Audio quality on mobile network" or "Audio quality on Wi-Fi" option, it depends on whether you usually use mobile data or Wi-Fi.

Step 3 Then you'll get 4 levels of audio quality to choose from: Low, Normal, High, and Always High. Pick up the one you prefer.

Wonder how to download AAC-Format free or premium YouTube Music offline? Get the perfect answer showing below.

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How to Download AAC from YouTube Music Losslessly?

From the above discussion, we all know that YouTube Music uses AAC format obviously. Though YouTube Music Premium enables the download feature, the alleged downloaded YouTube Music AAC tracks are saved as cache files. You can play the downloaded content only within the YouTube Music app.

If you decide to completely extract AAC from YouTube Music to PC or Macbook, NoteBurner YouTube Music to AAC Downloader is a must to use. It's a specialist in converting any songs from YouTube Music to AAC/MP3/FLAC/WAV/AIFF/ALAC with zero quality loss.

Unlike the traditional YouTube downloader, this NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter even supports batch downloading YouTube Music Free or Premium songs at up to 10X faster speed. Here're the main features of this powerful tool:

Features of NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter:
  • Convert YouTube Music to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC;
  • Convert YouTube Music at up to 10X faster speed;
  • Download YouTube music videos in up to 4K quality;
  • Keep ID3 tags and 100% original audio quality;
  • Easy-to-use with an intuitive user interface;
  • Keep YouTube Music after free trial/subscription;
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Tutorial: How to Use NoteBurner to Convert YouTube Music to AAC

Next, you'll learn about how to use this NoteBurner YouTube Music Downloader to download AAC from YouTube Music losslessly.

1 Select AAC Output Format

Simply click the "Settings" gear icon at bottom left, where you can choose output format (MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC), output quality, output path, etc. Don't forget to choose "AAC output format" for your YouTube Music content.

Tips: Choose "Playlist Index" in the output file name settings, NoteBurner will help to save the same song order as your original playlist.

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2 Add YouTube Music AAC Tracks

Open a playlist on NoteBurner's built-in YouTube Music web player, and click add. Then tick on the YouTube Music songs you want to convert to AAC format.

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3 Convert YouTube Music to AAC

After selection, click "Convert" and NoteBurner will start to download YouTube Music songs to AAC with 100% original sound quality and ID3 tags (including Title, Artist, and Artwork) retained.

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4 Find Offline YouTube Music AAC Files

Once finished, click the "Convereted" icon, hover to the history list, and click "Folder". Then you'll be directed to the YouTube Music streaming files saved in AAC (.m4a) format.

downloaded youtube music aac

Final Words

YouTube Music is made in AAC encryption format, you can't stream songs outside its official app without licensing. But with NoteBurner YouTube to AAC Converter, you can now get the actual audio AAC files from YouTube Music easily.

Note: The free trial version of NoteBurner YouTube Music Converter allows you to convert the first 1 minute of each song. You can buy the full version to unlock this limitation and enable all its features.

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