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Apple is known to implement strict policies, especially Apple Music. While some policies are made to make the experience of users better, there are rules that can be a pain for music lovers. The above questions are just some of the things that users ask themselves due to the said policies.

One known fact about this platform is that you can’t share Apple Music playlists with others if you don’t own the song. But the only way to own a song is to purchase it, and not many people are willing to do that.

This article will show you the basics of Apple Music and how you can bypass its policies so you can share Apple Music playlists as you like. Let’s get started.

Article Content Part 1. Can You Share Apple Music Playlists with Friends?Part 2. How Do I Share Apple Music Playlists with Friends?Part 3. Download Apple Music and Share Apple Music Playlists with FriendsPart 4. Summary

Part 1. Can You Share Apple Music Playlists with Friends?

If you just started using Apple Music, then it makes sense if you don’t know much about Apple Music or its policies. As such, I’ll start off by giving you a general idea of what this platform is.

Apple Music: Basics

Apple Music is a music-streaming service that was launched by Apple in 2015. Although it has only been around for over 5 years, its number of subscribers exceeded that of Amazon Music and Spotify, taking the place of the most popular music platform on the internet.

Users are attracted to Apple Music not because it’s popular, but it also provides great features. Some of the features that I liked personally is the organized distribution of their content.

While other platforms throw songs at you without any regard of organization, Apple Music consists of different sections that provide songs in different ways.

One such section is the Discover area where you can explore different kinds of songs by searching for their titles, looking at the albums of different artists, and the likes. You can also enjoy songs that suit your tastes by going to For You where you are given recommendations that are tailored to your liking. However, the one thing that bothers me, and perhaps other music lovers as well, is the FairPlay DRM.

About Share Apple Music Playlists

Apple Music: FairPlay DRM

Perhaps this is your first time hearing of FairPlay DRM, but this term is used to correspond to the policy that Apple Music uses to prevent the illegal distribution of their content.

Simply put, it prevents users from having full privileges to songs. As such, you won’t be able to transfer it to other devices, much less share a collaborative playlist in Apple Music.

While it’s true that this maximizes the profits of the company as well as the artists that contribute to the platform, it’s a bit of a nuisance to music lovers. This begs the question, can you learn how to share Apple Music with friends?

DRM Protection

Apple Music: Family Sharing

Apple Music consists of different subscription plans. The Individual Plan allows one person to access the contents of the platform, while the Student Plan provides a cheaper plan for students. However, what you need to take note of is the Family Plan.

Apple Music Subscription Plan

The Family Plan allows several users to share the same subscription. While it may cost more than the Individual Plan, it actually costs less and provides you with great features.

One such feature is Family Sharing which allows you to share Apple Music playlists with your family members or friends, as long as they are included in your plan. So yes, you can share Apple Music playlists if you opt for the Family Plan.

Part 2. How Do I Share Apple Music Playlists with Friends?

Creating a playlist on Apple Music is an easy task. You simply have to add songs one by one until you get a playlist that you’re satisfied with. The main problem is how can you share Apple Music playlists to your friends?

There is only one way to do this, excluding the method that involves the use of third-party software. Since this particular method is available on iOS devices and desktop computer, we’ll start with the former:

#1. Share Playlists on Your iOS Device

There are two phases involved if you want to share playlists on your iOS device. Let’s start with the first one.

Change Subscription Plan

The first thing you have to do is opt for the Family Plan. If you’re already paying for that subscription, then you can proceed to Phase 2, otherwise follow these steps first:

  1. Open Settings on your iOS device.
  2. Tap on your Apple ID.
  3. Select Subscriptions.
  4. Select Apple Music from the list of apps with subscriptions.
  5. You will see a list of available subscriptions for that particular platform. Simply select the Family Plan.
  6. Now tap on Purchase.

With this, you should be able to switch to the Family Plan. There might be some kind of procedure, but it will eventually end well after the second phase.

Share Playlist

Phase 2 is when you share Apple Music playlists. It’s quite simple, unlike when you switch your subscription plan. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Launch the Music app on your iOS device.
  2. Find the playlist that you need to share.
  3. Tap on the three dots icon that is on the top-right corner of the screen.
  4. Select Share Playlist from the dropdown menu.

#2. Share Playlists on Your Computer

The steps are a bit different when you do it on your computer, but there are also two phases involved in this process. Let’s begin with Phase 1.

Change Subscription Plan

First, you need to change your subscription plan to Family Plan. As I said before, you can proceed to the next phase if you already have this plan.

  1. Launch App Store on your computer.
  2. Click the Sign In button at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on View Information. This may prompt you to log in to your account.
  4. Select Manage.
  5. Now click the Edit button next to the Apple Music icon.
  6. Select Family Plan.

Share Playlist

Next, you need to share Apple Music playlists using these steps:

  1. Open the iTunes app on your computer.
  2. Locate the playlist that you want to share.
  3. Click on the three dots at the top-right corner of the window.
  4. Select Share Playlist.

Share Playlists on Computer

That’s pretty much everything you need to do. It’s not that hard so it should be fine even if you know little about this platform.

Part 3. Download Apple Music and Share Apple Music Playlists with Friends

Other music-streaming platforms allow users to share their playlists as much as they want, so it’s a bit unfair for Apple Music users if you think about it. However, we can’t do anything about it, not unless you have a tool to help you with the task.

TuneSolo Apple Music Converter

TuneSolo Apple Music Converter is a program designed to recognize the information from iTunes to convert and download its content. These include audiobooks, podcasts, and songs. This is made possible by collecting the metadata from iTunes and turning them into real files. Below are some of its useful features:

Main Feature:

  • FairPlay DRM Removal. Since FairPlay DRM is the only thing that prevents users from sharing their playlists, removing DRM should solve the problem for you, and that thing is possible with TuneSolo

Other Features:

  • Batch Processing. You may also convert multiple files in a batch with TuneSolo. Plus, the speed is known to be 16 times faster than normal tools
  • Offline Listening. Users can listen to downloaded songs from TuneSolo without internet. This is applicable to Xbox, Zune, PSP, and iOS and Android devices
  • Supported Formats. No matter the format of the file, you can download and convert them to or from formats such as MP3, M4V, M4B, MP4, FLAC, WAV, AAC, AA, and many other formats

With the steps below, you can share Apple Music playlists through the TuneSolo software.

Step 1. Select Songs from Apple Music

Launch the TuneSolo tool on your computer. Make sure iTunes is already installed. You will see a list of songs on the get-go, so what you have to do is select the titles from that list.

Choose the Apple Music Songs

Step 2. Modify Settings

Under the list, you should see the Output Settings section. Here, you can change the properties of the output such as the Quality, Codec, Format, and other things, though I suggest choosing MP3 for the format.

Select the Output Format

Step 3. Download Songs

Finally, click the Convert button at the bottom of the software. This will start the conversion process so simply wait until it’s over.

Tip: Please make sure that Apple Music/iTunes is closed before opening Apple Music Converter. And during the song conversion, please do not do any operation on Apple Music/iTunes.

Convert Apple Music

Part 4. Summary

As you can see, there is only one way to share Apple Music playlists. However, I also introduced a third-party tool that can download songs.

Hence, it’s possible to share your songs even without a subscription plan. Besides, this tool is also quite useful when solving various issues regarding Apple Music. Hopefully, you can use this guide when that time comes.

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