How to Play Apple Music on Apple TV 4/3/2/1

Updated by Adam Gorden on April 06, 2021 10:55:01 AM.
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If you are using Apple Music streaming service and own an Apple TV at the meantime, congratulations! You can easily access the world's largest music library through your TV set at home. In other words, you can play millions of songs from thousands of artists in any order you want in Apple Music Store on Apple TV. If you are using the latest Apple TV 4, it's extremely easy to play Apple Music with the Music app on Apple TV. But if you are using the older Apple TV models, it will be a little complicated as Apple Music is not supported on those devices.

But don't worry. To help you stream Apple Music to Apple TV properly, we are here providing you with three methods to play Apple Music on the latest Apple TV 4th generation as well as other models without hassle.

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Part 1. Play Apple Music on Apple TV 4 with Apple Music Directly

This method is exclusive to Apple TV 4 users. The Music app here on Apple TV will not only let you listen to all your own music through iCloud Music Library in the My Music section, but also enable you access all the tracks made available through Apple Music service, including radio stations. To access all your own music on the system and play Apple Music on Apple TV 4, you need to enable iCloud Music Library with the following steps.

Step 1Log in Apple Music account on Apple TV

Open your Apple TV 4 and go to Settings > Accounts. Then log into the account with the same Apple ID you used for subscribing Apple Music.

Step 2Enable Apple Music on Apple TV

Go to Settings > Apps > Music and turn on iCloud Music Library.

Step 3Start to Listen to Apple Music on Apple TV

Since you have enabled access to all your Apple Music catalog through Apple TV 4, you can now start playing them directly on your TV.

Part 2. Play Apple Music on Apple TV without Apple Music

If you are using older Apple TV models like the 1-3 generations, then you won't find any app available on Apple TV to access the Apple Music. But this doesn't mean it's impossible to play Apple Music on your Apple TV at all. Instead, it can be achieved. For the following passage, two available methods are offered to stream Apple Music on older Apple TV models for your reference.

2.1 AirPlay Apple Music on Apple TV 1/2/3

Whenever you are listening to Apple Music on your iOS device, you can easily stream the audio output to Apple TV or any other AirPlay-compatible speaker. Simple as it, the steps are showed as follows.

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Step 1Be sure that your iPhone and Apple TV are connected with the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2Begin to play audio tracks from Apple Music on your iOS device as usual.

Step 3Find and tap the AirPlay icon centrally located at the bottom of the interface.

Step 4Tap the Apple TV from the list and the audio should stream to Apple TV almost immediately.

Note: AirPlay can also be applied on Apple TV 4, but the former method in part 1 might be easier.

2.2 Stream Apple Music on Apple TV via Home Sharing

Except AirPlay, you can also resort to a third-party Apple Music tool like TunesKit Apple Music Converter. As a smart audio solution, it's able to completely remove DRM lock from all Apple Music songs and convert them to common MP3 and other formats that can be easily synced to Apple TV with Home Sharing. In addition to an Apple Music converter, it's also capable of converting iTunes, Audible audiobooks and other popular audio formats.

Now the following instruction will show you the complete tutorial to play Apple Music songs on Apple TV 1/2/3, including removing DRM from Apple Music and the steps to sync DRM-free Apple Music to Apple TV with Home Sharing.

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Step 1Remove DRM from Apple Music M4P songs

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Install and launch TunesKit DRM Audio Converter on your Mac or PC. Click the second "+" button to import the downloaded Apple Music from your iTunes library to the conversion interface. Then click "Format" panel to choose the output audio format as well as set other preferences, like codec, audio channel, bit rate, sample rate, etc. After that, simply start removing DRM and converting the Apple Music M4P tracks to non-DRM common formats by pressing "Convert" button at the bottom right.

Note: If you are still having an issue with the DRM removal procedure of Tuneskit Audio Converter, you can view details here: How to Losslessly Unlock DRM from Apple Music Songs ?

Step 2Sync converted Apple Music songs to Apple TV

Now, you can click the "history" icon next to the "add" button to locate those DRM-free Apple Music songs on your local computer. Then you can directly enable Home Sharing on your computer and begin to play all the music on your Apple TV.

To set up Home Sharing on your Mac or PC, simply open iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID. Next, go to File > Home Sharing and click Turn on Home Sharing. Once enabled, you can freely stream your Apple Music to any Apple TV model without any limit.

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Part 3. Extra Related Questions

There are also some questions when people playing Apple Music on Apple TV. We listed some of them here, and you can check whether you have the same problems or not.

1. "I have problems in launching the application Apple Music on my Apple TV, and there‘s still some problems with it after I resetting my Apple TV. What should I do?"

A: First of all, you can check for software updates on your TV or delete the app from your TV and download it again, then reset the television. If the methods above cannot be resolved, you can view details here: Apple TV not Showing Apps? Check 6 Fixes.

2. "What should I do to display the lyrics on my Apple TV while I listening my Apple Music."

A: If the song has lyrics associated with it, a second button will appear at the top of the Apple TV screen, which can display the lyrics of the current tracks. If not, then you can add lyrics manually via iCloud Music Library or Home Sharing and make them available on your Apple TV.

3. "What should I do to display the lyrics on my Apple TV while I listening my Apple Music."

A: Of course, Siri works on Apple TV and understands a range of commands like "play the song again", "add the album to my library" and so on. Note here if you use AirPlay, then you can't use the Siri Remote to control music playback, you have to manage music playback directly from the device you're playing the content on.

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