How to Download All Songs in Your Apple Music Library

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Do you want to listen to all of your Apple Music content offline? Learn how to download all of the songs in your Apple Music library.

It’s fair to say that the launch of the first iPod changed the way we listen to music. Other MP3 players existed before it, but the huge popularity of the product made it the dominant way to listen to music on the go.

Times have moved on, and music streaming is now king. Services like Apple Music and Spotify let you stream millions of songs instantly without needing to download them to your device.

Sometimes, however, you might need to go old school and listen to downloaded music offline. You might even decide that you want to add your entire Apple Music library to your phone or computer. Adding every song, album, or playlist one at a time could end up taking forever, but there’s a better way. Learn how to download all songs in your Apple Music library below.

Why Should You Download Content in Apple Music?

Apple Music is a music streaming service at heart. That means that if you’re subscribed to Apple Music, you can listen to any of the more than 100 million songs as long as you’re connected to the internet.

Sometimes, however, you may want to listen to Apple Music offline. In this case, you’ll need to download it to your device first. Downloading individual songs, albums, and playlists is quick and easy to do, but there’s no native way to download everything in your Apple Music library at once.

Thankfully, there are a couple of workarounds that will let you do just that. Keep in mind that if you have a very large library, downloading the music will use up significant storage space.

How Do I download My Entire Apple Music Library on Desktop

Both methods of downloading all of your Apple Music libraries at once involve creating a playlist that consists of every song in your library. You can do this quickly and easily in the desktop app by creating a smart playlist and tweaking some of the settings.

Smart playlists aren’t available on your iPhone, so you’ll need to use the desktop app for this method.

How to select all songs in Apple library

  1. Open the Music app on the desktop.
  2. Click the File menu in the menu bar.
    apple music file menu
  3. Select New.
    apple music new
  4. Click Smart Playlist.
    apple music new smart playlist
  5. Alternatively, you can create a new smart playlist with the keyboard shortcut Alt+Cmd+N.
  6. Click the first drop-down.
    apple music smart playlist dropdown
  7. Select Time.
    apple music smart playlist time
  8. Select the second drop-down and click the Is Greater Than option.
    apple music smart playlist is greater than
  9. Ensure the time is set to 00:00. This will ensure that the smart playlist contains every song longer than zero seconds in length, which should be all of your music.
    apple music smart playlist time greater than zero
  10. Make sure Limit to X Items is not checked.
    apple music smart playlist no limit
  11. Click OK and your playlist will be created.
  12. Click the playlist name to rename it to something easily recognizable.
    apple music rename playlist
  13. To download the playlist (and therefore your entire library) to your computer, tap the red Arrow. Depending on the size of your library, this may take some time.
    apple music download playlist
  14. To download your entire library to your iPhone, open the Apple Music app on your iPhone.
  15. Tap the Library tab.
    apple music library
  16. Under Recently Added, you should see your newly created playlist.
    apple music recently added playlist
  17. If it doesn’t appear, return to your desktop, open the Music app, and click Music in the menu bar.
    apple music music menu
  18. Select Settings (or Preferences) on older versions of macOS.
    apple music settings
  19. Check Sync Library.
    apple music sync library
  20. Repeat steps 14-16 and you should see your new playlist. Tap the playlist to open it.
  21. To download the playlist containing your entire library, tap the red Arrow.
  22. apple music arrow iconDepending on the size of your library, this may take some time.

How to Download All Songs in Apple Music on Mobile

You can also create a playlist of your entire library directly on your iPhone using the Shortcuts app.

This method does work, but it’s a little glitchy, so if it doesn’t work entirely as you expect, keep trying! We found that the playlist wouldn’t generate the first time we ran the shortcut, but would the second time. Also, the contents of the playlist would disappear after a time.

However, if you follow the steps, you should be able to download your entire Apple Music library.

Download Apple Music Library Using Shortcuts

  1. Open the Shortcuts app.
  2. Tap the Gallery tab.
    shortcuts gallery tab
  3. Scroll down to the Explore Apple Music section.
    shortcuts gallery explore apple music
  4. Scroll left until you find the Make Top 25 Playlist shortcut.
    shortcuts make top 25 playlist
  5. Tap the + (plus) icon.
    add shortcut
  6. Select the Shortcuts tab.
    shortcuts tab
  7. You should see the new shortcut at the top of your list.
  8. Tap the Three Dots icon.
    shortcuts three dots
  9. Toggle Limit off.
    shortcuts limit off
  10. Tap Top 25 Most Played.
    shortcuts most played
  11. Give the playlist a recognizable name.
    shortcuts renamed playlist
  12. Tap Done.
    shortcuts done
  13. Tap the Make Top 25 Playlist shortcut tile to run the shortcut.
    shortcuts tile
  14. Open Apple Music.
  15. Tap the Library tab.
    apple music library
  16. Select Playlists.
    apple music playlists
  17. In the top-right corner, tap Sort.
    apple music sort playlists
  18. Select Recently Added.
    apple music sort by recently added
  19. You should see your new playlist at the top of the list — tap the playlist.
  20. If there are no songs in it, open Shortcuts and run the Make Top 25 Playlist shortcut again.
  21. Return to Apple Music and open the newest playlist. You should be able to tell if the playlist has songs as it will have cover art.
    apple music entire music playlist
  22. If the playlist still doesn’t have songs, keep retrying the shortcut until it works.
  23. Once your playlist has been generated correctly, open the playlist and tap the red Arrow to download the contents of the playlist.
    apple music download playlist
  24. Depending on the size of your library, this may take some time.

Apple Music Tips and Tricks

Knowing how to download all songs in your Apple Music library using one of these methods can save you hours and hours of mindless tapping. Downloading all of your content (song by song and album by album) could take you days. By creating a playlist that contains all of your music, you can do the job in minutes.

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