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By Justin SabrinaUpdated on January 10, 2023

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Plan to switch from YouTube Music to Apple Music? How to transfer playlists from YouTube Music to Apple Music? This article will teach you an easy way to download MP3 songs from YouTube Music/YouTube, so then you can add songs from YouTube to Apple Music for offline listening anytime, anywhere.

"I have some favorite music videos on YouTube, can I transfer music from YouTube to Apple Music? I want to enjoy them on my iPhone 11. Thanks."

When it comes to music libraries, each service offers a fairly extensive catalog. But there will always be cases where unique music videos are found on YouTube, but not in the Apple Music library. "Can you add Songs from YouTube to Apple Music" is a commonly-searched problem when users try to put songs from YouTube to Apple Music, due to the copyright and YouTube regulations, users are unable to do that. If you want to continue learning to transfer YouTube music to Apple Music, then you can’t miss this article!

Add Songs from YouTube to Apple Music

To add songs from YouTube Music to Apple Music, first, you need to download YouTube music as MP3 files via YouTube Music Downloader. And then import the downloaded YouTube music into the iTunes library. In this way, you can enjoy your favorite YouTube songs on your iPod, iPhone or iPad in offline mode. Additional benefits will be provided at the end of the article to help you convert Apple Music to MP3, so that you can enjoy your favorite Apple Music on any device and streaming music service!


Part 1. Comparison: Differences Between YouTube Music and Apple Music

There are many reasons why you want to add YouTube Music to Apple Music or transfer from YouTube Music to Apple Music. Apple Music and YouTube Music are two of the most popular music streaming platforms, but they offers different services, music catalogues and listening experience to users. Here are the main differences between YouTube Music and Apple Music.

  YouTube Music Apple Music
Free Tier Yes, ad-supported No
Price ● 1-month free trial
● $9.99 or $4.99 (for students) monthly
● 1-month free trial
● $10.99 or $5.99 (for students) monthly
Music Library 80 million songs 100 million tracks
Music Quality 256kbps AAC bit rates up to 3730kbps in Lossless ALAC
Desktop Version No. Only Mobile app or Web Player Yes, iTunes or Music app
Availability Available in over 100 countries/regions Available in over 168 countries/regions

Reasons to Switch from YouTube Music to Apple Music

● Apple Music's spatial audio and lossless streaming. Featuring a large music library with 100 million songs in Lossless Audio and Spatial Audio. Apple Music users can now enjoy high-quality sound at no additional cost.

● It is the official audio streaming service for Apple products, such as Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, Home Pod, Apple Watch, etc.

● It is also an integral part of the Apple ecosystem. Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, iCloud+ are bundled into one simple plan with Apple One.

Part 2. Download Songs from YouTube Music/YouTube with 4kFinder

4kFinder YouTube Music Downloader gives you the ability to download your playlist from YouTube to Apple Music. This reliable and easy-to-use video download software helps you download any videos from YouTube, YouTube Music, SoundCloud, Facebook, Vimeo, Veoh, Dailymotion and 1000+ websites. It enables you to download YouTube music videos and playlists to MP3 without the sound quality loss. What's more, you can use it to download HD YouTube videos to MP4 for your video devices. Let's see how it works!

Advantages of 4kFinder YouTube Music Downloader:

  • Download any HD videos from more than 1000 sites.
  • Easily download music videos and playlists from YouTube.
  • Download YouTube music videos, playlists as MP3 in 320kbps.
  • Save YouTube HD/ 4K/ 8K videos as MP4 for video devices.
  • Transfer YouTube music to Apple Music or other music services.
  • Enjoy YouTube music on MP3 player, iPhone, Andorid, etc.

Equipment Preparation:

  • 4kFinder YouTube Music Downloader
  • A Computer (Mac OS or Windows OS version)
  • The latest version of iTunes or Apple Music app installed

Steps to Download YouTube Music Videos as MP3 with 4kFinder

To import songs from YouTube to Apple Music, first of all, you need to download YouTube music as local files, please follow the detailed steps:

Step 1. Launch 4kFinder and Copy & Paste YouTube URL
Firstly, download, install and launch 4kFinder app on your Windows or Mac system. Copy the URL of music video or playlist from YouTube website, or YouTube Music web browser.

copy youtube music link

Then paste the video URL to the bar of 4kFinder, and click "Analyze".

copy and paste YouTube video link

Step 2. Select MP3 Format and Bitrate
Next, it will pop up a setting window. Here you need to select "Audio" option, and choose MP3 format, 320kbps bitrate.

Select MP3 format and Bitrate

Step 3. Download Music from YouTube Music/YouTube
Simply click the "Download" button to start downloading MP3 audio from YouTube Music to local drive.

Start Downloading Music from YouTube as MP3

After a few minutes, you can tab "Finished" option and press on "Open Folder" to check the downloaded YouTube music files, then you can turn to Part 2 to add YouTube songs to Apple Music.

Downloaded YouTube Music Completed

Part 3. Add Downloaded YouTube Songs to Apple Music/iTunes

Now all your favorite YouTube music videos and playlists have been saved in your hard drive. The next part you need to do is to add the downloaded MP3 files to the iTunes library, let's start!

Way 1. Add YouTube Music to iTunes on PC/Mac

Step 1. Launch the iTunes application on the desktop, and then log in to your Apple Music account.

Step 2. Click "File" in the upper left corner → select "Add File to Library", and then select the YouTube MP3 files you have downloaded in Part 1.

add music files to iTunes

Step 3. Congratulations, you have successfully added the YouTube songs to your iTunes library!

add youtube music to apple music

Now, you can connect your iPhone or iPod nano with iTunes, then sync the songs to your iDevice for listening at any time!

Way 2. Add YouTube Music to Apple Music on MacOS 10.15 Catalina or above

Launch the Apple Music app on your MacOS 10.15 Catalina, choose "File" > "Import...".

Then select the converted YouTube MP3 songs from your local folder.

Part 4. Transfer YouTube Music Playlist to Apple Music via Third-party App

If you've spent months or years building your music library, you definitely don't want to lose all your collection on YouTube Music platform. Is there a way to transfer from YouTube Music to Apple Music? Yes. Besides downloading YouTube Music to MP3 files, you can also use a third-party app to transfer your playlists from YouTube Music to Apple Music.

transfer youtube music to apple music

Step 1. Go to Tunemymusic on web browser, and select the YouTube Music option.

Step 2. Connect your YouTube Music and Apple Music account to link your library.

Step 3. Choose the playlists you want to transfer to Apple Music, then start the transfer.

Keep In Mind: You don't actually own these YouTube Music songs and playlists, they are cache files. After the transfer is complete, you will see the YouTube Music playlist in Apple Music. If you want to enjoy them in offline mode, you'll need to download these songs again with a valid Apple Music subscription. You can only stream music with Apple Music app or iTunes. To break these limits, turn to Part 5.

Part 5. Extra Tips: How to Add Apple Music to YouTube Music

Now you can easily download music videos and playlists from YouTube and then add to your iTunes library, but have you ever wondered how to transfer Apple Music to YouTube Music? Now you can move all of your playlists, songs, and favorite albums from Apple Music to YouTube, Tidal, Deezer, Amazon Music and other music app. UkeySoft Apple Music Converter will help you make it happen. As the best Apple music converter, UkeySoft Apple Music Converter (Windows | Mac) can download and convert Apple Music tracks & playlists to common MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, FLAC or AIFF with keeping lossless audio quality and ID3 tags. Compared to other brands, it comes with a built-in Apple Music Web Player, Music Player, as well as Music Manager. You can discover, search, and stream Apple Music with the integrated web player with iTunes or Apple Music app! For more details, please refer to the article How to convert Apple Music to MP3 and explore more! After that, you can easily import all converted Apple Music MP3 files to YouTube Music app, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc.

Advantages of UkeySoft Apple Music Converter:

  • Download songs from Apple Music without subscription.
  • Convert Apple Music M4P songs to MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC.
  • Convert iTunes purchased M4P music to MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC.
  • Preserve original quality and ID3 tags in output MP3/M4A files.
  • Convert iTunes M4B audiobooks and Audible AA/AAX audiobooks to MP3.
  • Enjoy Apple Music songs on MP3 player, iPod nano and any device.

A Quick Guide to Transfer Apple Music to YouTube Music:

Step 1. Launch UkeySoft Apple Music Converter

Install and launch UkeySoft Apple Music Converter, sign with your Apple ID on the converter.

log in your apple id

Step 2. Customize the Output Settings

Click "Gear" icon to customize output format (pick MP3), output quality, output folder, etc.

convert Apple Music to MP3

Step 3. Add Apple Music to Converting List

Open any song/playlist/album/artist, click the red "+" icon.

add apple music to converting list

Step 4. Convert Apple Music to YouTube Music

Hit on "Convert" button to start converting Apple Music to MP3 or other format you set.

convert apple music

When finished, click "History" > blue "Folder" icon to get output Apple Music files.

check converted apple music

Step 5. Upload Apple Music Songs to YouTube Music

- Open music.youtube.com on browse, sign with your YouTube Music account.

- Click on your profile picture at upper corner, select "Upload music" option.

- Select the output folder where the converted Apple Music files are stored.

add apple music to youtube music


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