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How to Convert Apple Music to ALAC

author By Harper North
Updated on: April 23, 2024

“ALAC is now available for all Apple Music subscribers at no extra cost. How can we extract ALAC files from Apple Music? Can we download and convert Apple Music to lossless ALAC?”

Are you an audiophile who requires a high standard for audio quality? If yes, Apple Music must be a good choice for you. Apple Music has been making efforts to provide subscribers with lossless audio quality. The AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) it developed previously delivers supreme audio that’s almost the same as the original studio recording. It has also introduced Apple Digital Masters to deliver the highest-quality recordings. Now, another lossless audio format – ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) is available for all Apple Music subscribers.

ALAC is developed in the form of compression that preserves all of the original data. You can now access your entire Apple Music catalog in encoded ALAC format, with resolution ranging from 16-bit/44.1 kHz (CD Quality) up to 24-bit/192 kHz, making sure that you are running the latest version of Apple Music.

convert apple music to alac

Streaming lossless audio consumes much more data than lossy one. You’d better not listen to them over cellular. The recommended approach is to access them via a Wi-Fi network or download them for offline listening. Considering that downloading lossless audio takes up a lot of space on your device, the best way to keep lossless audio is to extract them from Apple Music to your PC/Mac or external hard drive.

Apple Lossless is virtually indistinguishable from AAC. It’s just another option to access music in lossless audio compression. We used to extract AAC files from Apple Music with Sidify Apple Music Converter, can we apply the same way to extract lossless ALAC files from Apple Music?

The answer is positive. Sidify Apple Music Converter has been updated to support converting Apple Music to lossless ALAC. In this article, we are going to show you how to use Sidify Apple Music Converter to download Apple lossless ALAC files step by step.

Tool Required – Sidify Apple Music Converter

Sidify Apple Music Converter is a well-received tool specially designed for Apple Music subscribers to record and download Apple Music as MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF or ALAC files, fully compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, 11 and macOS 10.15~14 Sonoma. It can also be used to convert your local audio files, iTunes M4P music and audiobooks to a regular format. Besides, you can use it to burn Apple Music to CD, and edit ID3 tags.


If you want a tool to convert any streaming music (including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer, YouTube, YouTube Music, SoundCloud, DailyMotion …) to MP3, Sidify All-In-One is the go-to choice.

Key Features of Sidify Apple Music Converter

Sidify Apple Music Converter

Sidify Apple Music Converter

  • OKDownload music from Apple Music to the computer.
  • OKConvert Apple Music to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF or ALAC.
  • OKPreserve lossless audio quality and retain ID3 tags.
  • OKFully support Windows 11 & macOS 14 Sonoma.

How to Use Sidify to Extract Lossless ALAC Files from Apple Music

Sidify Apple Music Converter is an easy-to-use program, a perfect tool for absolute beginners. You can use it to convert Apple Music to ALAC in 5 simple steps:

* If you don't see the "Choose Conversion Mode" option in Step 1, please check this page for more detailed instructions.

Step 1Choose Conversion Mode

Launch Sidify Apple Music Converter, and you'll need to choose one conversion mode to start: Apple Music App or Apple Music Webplayer. (>> App Mode vs Webplayer Mode)

choose conversion mode

Select the Apple Music app mode to access the modern interface of Sidify:

main interface

Step 2Add Apple Music Tracks to Sidify.

Drag and drop songs, an album or a playlist from Apple Muisc to Sidify. Or you can click the "Add" button on the interface and copy & paste the URL of your Apple Muisc to the program. Then click the "OK" button to import them to Sidify.

add apple music

Step 3 Choose Output Format and Customize Output Path.

Click the Settings icon in the left panel. Here you can choose the output format (MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC), the output quality and the output path as well. Besides, you can customize how you'd like to name and sort out the converted files.

choose alac as the output format

Step 4 Convert Apple Music to ALAC.

Click the Convert button and Sidify would immediately start converting the Apple Music to ALACs.

convert apple music to alac

Step 5 Find the ALAC downloads on the Local Drive.

Once the conversion is done, click the Converted tab and you can check all the Apple Music that have been converted successfully. Go to the output folder set in the previous step, you'll find the downloaded ALACs.

find the alacs

Now go to the output folder set in Step 3 and you can find all the Apple Music downloads in ALAC (.m4a) format.

Note: The free trial version of Sidify Apple Music to MP3 Converter only converts the first minute of each audio file. If you want to unlock the time limitation, you can purchase the full version of Sidify.

Video Tutorial - How to Convert Apple Music to ALAC
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Harper North | Staff Writer

Harper is a content writer with a profound understanding of the streaming music landscape and a specialization in music converters. She creates informative content on tools, techniques, and trends in music conversion, providing expert advice, detailed reviews, and guides.

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