How to Add Apple Music to Plex for Playback on Any Device

Posted by Adam Gorden on October 27, 2017 12:15:01 AM.
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If you are an audiophile who saved a large music collection on your local computer, you may like to access and listen to those favorite songs everywhere on any device like iPhone, iPod, Android smartphones, other MP3 players, etc. In this case, an all-around music streaming solution such as Plex is necessary. As a powerful central hub for your media collection, Plex is able to store and stream all your media files including music, movies and TV shows from any device anytime anywhere. However, it's not as easy as you expect if you want to stream Apple Music to Plex Media Server. Something called FairPlay DRM is used to encrypt Apple Music from being shared to non-Apple devices. But don't worry. Here we are about to show you a workaround on how to easily stream Apple Music with Plex Media Server in order to make Apple Music accessible and playable on any device.

What is Plex Media Server and How does It Work

Plex is a client-server media player system and software suite comprising two main components including the Plex Media Server and Plex Media Player. Plex Media Server is a desktop application runs on Windows, macOS and Linux-compatibles including some types of NAS devices. It serves as a central hub to organize video, audio and photos from your collections and from online services, enabling the players to access and stream the contents on a phone, tablet, or video game consoles like Xbox One where the Plex app is installed.

Tools You'll Need to Stream Apple Music to Plex Media Server

You may have already realized that Plex is not able to play or stream any Apple Music songs directly. But are you aware of the reasons? In fact, the cause that makes Apple Music unaccessible with Plex is Apple's FairPlay DRM copyright protection. Apple uses this technology and restriction to control the use of its media content by customers. Currently only Apple approved devices, mostly the iOS devices are supposed to play Apple Music songs. Therefore, if you want to stream Apple Music to other devices via Plex, the first important key is to get rid of the DRM protection from Apple Music files.

Now you meet TunesKit Apple Music Converter, a powerful and easy-to-use Apple Music DRM removal solution for Mac and Windows specialized in converting Apple Music M4P offline songs to common audio formats like MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, etc. It's able to preserve the original ID tags and audio quality while stripping off the DRM lock. After conversion, you can freely transfer and sync the DRM-free Apple Music tracks to Plex Media Server for playback on any other device.

   

Note: If you are seeking for solution for converting not only Apple Music, but also iTunes purchased songs, audiobooks, Audible books, and other audio formats, you should turn to TunesKit DRM Audio Converter.

Complete Guide: How to Convert and Stream Apple Music to Plex

Part 1. Decrypt DRM from Apple Music Songs


Step 1Download and save Apple Music tracks to your computer

Firstly launch iTunes on your Mac or Windows and go to "For You" or "New" tab where you can find the entire Apple Music category sorted by artists, albums, playlists and songs. Select a song, album, or playlist and click the "..." icon and add the file to "My Music" or "Playlist". Then go to "My Music" tab to find the music file you just added and click the cloud icon with a downward arrow to download the song to your computer drive.

Step 2Add offline Apple Music songs to TunesKit Apple Music Converter

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Open TunesKit Apple Music Converter, click "Add" icon at the top center to load the songs you saved offline from your iTunes library to TunesKit. You can also add the songs by drag-and-drop.

Step 3Set output preferences in TunesKit

set output format

Click "Format" panel and then choose any output audio format supported by Plex Media Server. It now supports MP3, WAV, AAC, M4A, M4B, FLAC formats with customization of audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, etc. Here we choose MP3 and go on.

Step 4Start removing DRM from Apple Music M4P songs

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Now click on "Convert" button to start converting the DRM-ed Apple Music to DRM-free MP3. When the process is done, click on "history" icon to locate the converted songs.

Part 2. Stream Converted Apple Music Tracks via Plex Media Server


Step 1Sign into Plex account

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Launch Plex Media Server on your PC and enter your account info to sign into Plex.

Step 2Add DRM-free Apple Music to Plex

add music to plex

Once logged in, click on "Add Library" > "Music" to build a new library for storing your DRM-free Apple Music songs via Plex.

Step 3Stream Apple Music to Other Devices with Plex

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Now simply install Plex app on any of your devices and start enjoying your favorite Apple Music songs as you wish.

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