How to Stream Apple Music to Raspberry Pi

Posted by Adam Gorden on July 4, 2019 3:00 PM
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As a series of small single-board computers originally developed for the purpose of programming teaching, Raspberry Pi never expected to be so popular that even selling outside its target market. As of February 2015, Raspberry Pi became the "best-selling British computer" for over 5 million units were sold. 2 years later, the sales number is nearly triple of 2015's. And by last year, the number roars to 19 million.

If you are one of the Raspberry Pi users, you must have known that the Pi MusicBox is capable of streaming music such as Spotify, Last.FM, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, YouTube and so on. Pitifully, Apple Music is not on its support list. But don't worry, here we have 2 methods for you.

Method 1 Listen to Apple Music on Raspberry Pi through AirPlay

Preparations Before Starting

Raspberry Pi is basically a single-board computer with no peripherals such as keyboard and mouse, so besides Raspberry Pi with an Ethernet Port you should prepare: a USB Keyboard or mice, a blank 8GB SD card, an Ethernet cable and an HDMI cable, and power supply. If there are a 3.5 mm stereo audio cable and stereo speaker, Wi-Fi USB adapter will be better.

How to Set Up AirPlay on Raspberry Pi

1. Download NOOBS Lite from the official Downloads site on you computer

2. Connect the SD card to your computer, unzip the files and copy them (not the folder) to the SD card

3. Remove the SD card from the computer and insert it to the Raspberry Pi

4. Connect the Ethernet cable, HDMI cable, USB keyboard and mouse, power supply to the Raspberry P

5. The Raspberry Pi should boot up and display a list of operating systems to install. Then select "OpenELEC" from the list and click "Install"

6. Navigate to System > Settings > Services > AirPlay, and then check the option "Allow Kodi to receive AirPlay content".

7. After the latest version of OpenELEC has been downloaded and installed, the Pi should automatically restart and launch Kodi

Method 2 Listen to non-DRM Apple Music on Raspberry Pi

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This solution aims at removing DRM from Apple Music songs and transfers them to Raspberry Pi. The only tool you'll need here is TunesKit DRM Audio Converter, which is a powerful and professional audio converter for Apple Music.

Step 1 Import Apple Music Songs to TunesKit

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Before you start everything, preparation needs to be done. Download and install TunesKit DRM Audio Converter. Please ensure that the Apple Music songs can well-played on your PC. Then, you can run the converter and drag the files to the main interface. Wait for a few moments till the loading finish. To import songs to TunesKit, there's another way. The "Music Note icon" on the top of the window can import DRM-protected audios.

Step 2 Select Audio Output Format

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After all songs are loaded into the converter successfully, you can start to choose the output settings as your demand. Click and open the "Format" panel and select MP3 as the default output format since MP3 is the most common audio format. If you use TunesKit purely as an audio converter, you can convert 20+ input formats to 6 common output formats. The "Effect" and "Edit" icon at the end of each column of the audio track are designed to adjust volume, speed, and pitch of the audios. It's fun to try these features. When all the settings are decided, please click on "OK" to save the changes.

Step 3 Eliminate DRM and Convert Apple Music Songs

add apple music files

Now you're one step to acquire the DRM-free Apple Music songs. Reconfirm where you like to place the output files before you hit on the "Convert" button. After the conversion is finished, you can locate the converted files in the folder you chose or find them through "Converted" history.

Step 4 Transfer Converted Apple Music to Raspberry Pi

In this step, a helping hand from a USB is needed. Simply copy and paste all the converted songs to a USB. Insert the USB into the Raspberry Pi and you will be able to stream Apple Music to Raspberry Pi.

Verdict

To draw a conclusion from the above passage, obviously play Apple Music on Raspberry Pi via AirPlay is a lot more cumbersome and time-consuming than Method 2. On top of that, Method 2 enables you not only to stream Apple Music to Raspberry Pi but to back up your favorite Apple Music songs and listen to them on any other devices offline. To be honest, Method 2 can help you accomplish many things in one time, without hassle. So just give it a try!

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