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Apple Music vs iTunes, What Is the Difference and Relationship

You can purchase songs from iTunes and Apple Music. Both of them are developed by Apple. Is Apple Music the same as iTunes?

Obviously not. There is no need to release the same services with two different names. As you know, Apple is shutting down iTunes since macOS Big Sur/Catalina was released. Some people think iTunes is dead. Well, you can still use iTunes on old Mac versions. Though iTunes will not work if you upgrade macOS 11.

Whatever, is Apple Music and iTunes the same thing? You can get the answer here.

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Part 1: Apple Music vs iTunes – Common Questions You May Ask

Question 1: What Is the Difference between Apple Music and iTunes?

iTunes is a music store developed by Apple Inc. The iTunes purchased songs can be downloaded for offline playback. When you buy a song from iTunes, you are granted with a permanent license. Thus, you can burn music to CD within iTunes too.

iTunes store

As for Apple Music, it is a subscription-based streaming music service. You can subscribe to Apple Music Premium to get a membership. The Apple Music Premium users can listen to 100,000 songs, podcasts and more without paying extra fees. But if your Apple Music subscription fee expires, you have no access to those music files.

Apple music

In a word, iTunes allows users to own a music after paying one-time fee. While Apple Music only allows users to save tracks for offline listening. The Apple Music vs iTunes purchase depends on your real demands. For instance, if you want to access all streaming Apple Music songs instead of downloading, paying a monthly fee is a better choice.

Question 2: Can You Use iTunes Gift Cards for Apple Music?

Yes. You can use iTunes gift card to pay for Apple Music subscription. Once you redeem the iTunes gift card, you can use the Music app on iOS or iTunes on your computer to cover the Apple Music fee monthly. Actually, iTunes gift card is more like a payment method exclusive by Apple products. You can use iTunes Gift cards to buy apps, games, music, TV shows, movies and other related subscriptions, such as Apple Music subscription. By the way, don't forget to check the expiration date printed on the back of the iTunes Gift card.

iTunes gift cards

Question 3: Is iTunes Being Replaced by Apple Music

Just as above mentioned, Apple is getting rid of iTunes. iTunes has been divided into Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, Apple TV and Finder. The latest macOS Big Sur/Catalina does not support iTunes. But iTunes still work on the older versions. Compared with Apple Music, iTunes's performance is laggy. You can subscribe to Apple Music for $9.99 per month to get all streaming music. The Apple Music family plan charges for $14.99 up to 6 people if you add the family members to Apple Music.

Then how about your iTunes collection? Will your purchased iTunes songs be unavailable? Don't worry about that. All your purchased, ripped, uploaded and imported songs will be migrated into Apple Music when you upgrade Mac to Catalina. You can find the ripped CDs, songs, playlists and other audio files in Apple Music library by default. To some degree, Apple Music is the winner in the battle of Apple Music vs iTunes in 2020.

Question 4: Is iTunes Match and Apple Music the Same

iTunes Match is capable to match up to 100,000 songs from your iTunes library. These songs can be downloaded and streamed up to 10 digital devices. You can activate iTunes Match with $24.99 per year. (iTunes Match not working?)

If you subscribe to Apple Music with $9.99 per month, you can get access to its full music streaming catalog and more within the Apple Music app. There is no need to buy the certain song. You can match up to 100,000 songs from iTunes library to the DRM-free iTunes store, too.

Actually, you can get all iTunes Match features from Apple Music. If you have subscribed to Apple Music already, you can unsubscribe to iTunes Match to save money.

iTunes match

Part 2: How to Sync Apple Music to iTunes

There is no need to subscribe to iTunes Match or Apple Music, you can use Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer to sync Apple Music to iTunes in one click, as well as playlists and other media files and folders. You can sync music to iPhone, iPad and iPod from computer and iTunes library at 60x high speed without data loss. Moreover, you can transfer, messages, contacts, videos, photos, ad other files between iOS devices, iTunes and the computer freely. Generally speaking, you can sync files from and to iTunes without changing anything.

iPhone Transfer

  • Sync Apple Music to iTunes from iPhone or Windows/Mac.
  • 60x faster speed to transfer music files.
  • Delete, rename, create, edit and export playlists from Apple Music to iTunes.
  • Edit ID3 information, including name, artists, album, genre, etc.
  • Preview Apple Music songs and playlists.
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Step 1 Launch Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer. To sync files from Apple Music app to iTunes, you need to connect iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Connect iPhone

Step 2 Click Music in the left pane. Browse, preview and choose the audio files you want to move from Apple Music to iTunes.

Step 3 Click the PC icon on the top. Select Export to iTunes from the drop-down list. Then follow its on-screen wizard to sync Apple Music library to iTunes.

Choose files and export them

You may find that whether upgrading to Catalina is the key point. If you choose iTunes in the Apple Music vs iTunes comparison, you had better run the current Mac operating system at present. It is true that you can enjoy numerous music files within $10 per month. But it is Apple Music not you own those music files. You are not allowed to burn and edit any song for personal use in Apple Music. Once you unsubscribe to Apple Music, nothing left. Well, maybe you can use a screen recorder to download Apple Music songs with original quality first. Later, you can use Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer to switch songs between all iOS devices and iTunes library.

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