Are songs free to download on Apple Music?

Answered by Cody Janus

Songs are not free to download on Apple Music. Apple Music is a subscription-based streaming service that allows you to access a vast library of songs, albums, and playlists. While you can download songs from Apple Music to your device for offline listening, you need to maintain an active subscription to continue playing those downloaded songs.

When you subscribe to Apple Music, you pay a monthly fee that gives you the right to stream and download music from their extensive catalog. The subscription fee covers the licensing agreements with record labels and artists, allowing you to access their music legally and enjoy it on your devices.

Once you have an active Apple Music subscription, you can download songs, albums, playlists, and even music videos to your device for offline listening. This means you can enjoy your favorite music even when you don’t have an internet connection. However, it’s important to note that these downloaded songs are only playable as long as your subscription remains active.

If your Apple Music subscription expires or is canceled, you will no longer have access to the downloaded songs. They will remain on your device, but you won’t be able to play them anymore until you renew your subscription or resubscribe to Apple Music.

It’s worth mentioning that songs downloaded outside of Apple Music, such as those purchased from the iTunes Store or transferred from other sources, are separate from your Apple Music subscription. These songs need to be paid for individually or acquired through legal means, and they are not tied to your Apple Music subscription. Therefore, you can keep and play these songs even if you choose to cancel your Apple Music subscription.

Songs downloaded through Apple Music are part of the subscription, and you won’t be individually charged for them. However, you need to maintain an active subscription to continue playing the downloaded songs. Songs downloaded outside of Apple Music need to be paid for normally and are not affected by your Apple Music subscription status.