How to Find & Download Music from Apple Music on iPhone

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Apple Music is a service that allows subscribers to browse and listen to a library of over 40 million songs. Apple Music users can also download music, make playlists, and follow friends to find out what they're listening to. There's even an Apple Radio feature where subscribers can tune in to a wide selection of live radio stations to hear streaming music, or create their own custom radio stations. If you find a song you like on any radio station you're listening to, you can save it to your Apple Music Library, add it to a playlist, and share it with other Apple Music listeners you've connected to. But how do you go about downloading a song or album from Apple Music when you find content you enjoy so much that you want to have constant access to it? Let's find out!

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How to Find and Download Music from Apple Music on iPhone

First, you'll need to have an Apple music account set up. If you don't have one yet, the first three months are free, and after that you'll be charged $9.99 a month for an individual subscription. After you're all set up with your account you can either use the Browse function to discover new music, or the Search function to find artists, songs, and albums you already love.

Browse Apple Music on iPhone  

  • Tap the Music app
  • Tap the Browse option at the bottom of the page.
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Once in Browse, Apple Music subscribers have the option to find music they love by exploring New Music, Playlists, Top Charts, or Genres, or even to watch music related TV shows and movies. There are so many different paths to take with this feature that you'll need to explore a bit before you feel familiar with your options. Even then, offerings keep getting updated and changed, so there will always be something new to discover! I'll show you one route I took to find some new music below.

  • Toward the bottom of the Browse page, tap Genres.
  • Choose and tap a Genre you'd like to explore.

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  • Find a Playlist you'd like to explore and tap on it, now you can listen to the entire Playlist, or tap on one song.
  • If you'd like to download the playlist to your Apple Music Library, tap on the three white dots in a red circle on the upper right of the display.
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  • You'll see the option Add to Library.
  • If you tap the Library icon at the bottom of your screen you'll notice your playlist has appeared there!
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If you'd like to download the song or album not just to your Apple Music Library, but also your iPhone, go back to the red circle with the three white dots to the right of the album picture and info. Tap it again, and a new option appears, Download.

  • You'll see an option to download the Playlist, tap it; if you want to download just one song from the playlist, tap the red + to the right of the track.
  • After you tap Download you'll see all the tracks, and the whole playlist, in the process of downloading to your iPhone.
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Now you can go right to your Apple Music Library to find the songs and playlists you love, so you can play them again any time, share them with friends who are also Apple Music subscribers, and mix your favorites into new playlists and radio stations. If you've also downloaded music to your iPhone from Apple Music you'll be able to find that content under Downloaded Music in your Apple Music Library. There is one catch, though. All these downloads are included in the cost of your Apple Music subscription, but if you let your subscription lapse you don't get to take this downloaded content with you; it will be erased from your phone as Apple considers this content a rental, not a purchase. Seems unfair, but then again I guess Apple had to close the possible loophole of people using the three month free trial to download as much music as they possibly could, then not maintaining their subscriptions. No such thing as a free lunch, as they say—or, apparently, a free playlist!

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.  

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