3 Ways to Stream Apple Music to Portable Speaker

Posted by Adam Gorden on Jan 2, 2020 4:23 PM
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How do you usually listen to Apple Music? Play on your mobile device and enjoy Apple Music via headphone or headset. If you've never tried to stream Apple Music to smart speaker, I promise you that is a whole different experience. Indoor, you can make your house full of music. Outdoor, you can take music on the road with you. When you make up your mind, the tips below can help you with the speaker choice and ways to stream Apple Music to portable speaker.

1. Stream Apple Music to Portable Speaker Via AirPlay

AirPlay first launched in 2010 by Apple Company to help wireless streaming between devices of audio, video, device screens, and photos. The differences between Bluetooth and AirPlay is that the latter can stretch over a longer distance and deliver higher sound quality as it adopts lossless compression. Besides that, AirPlay can give you control over both the volume of your speaker and the volume of your device. AirPlay 2 even realize multi-room playback and add Siri integration into speakers. But the best part about AirPlay 2 is that the feature is now supported by not just Apple products.

Let's take a glance at the best AirPlay speakers in 2019:

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1. Apple HomePod

2. Sonos One/ Sonos Beam

3. Libratone Zipp 2

4. Naim Mu-so Qb 2

5. Libratone Zipp/ Libratone Zipp 2

6. Bowers &Wilkins Formation Wedge

8. Riva Arena

9. Audio Pro Addon C10/C3/Drumfire

10. Devialet Silver Phantom


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With either one of these speakers, you can stream Apple Music via AirPlay as you want. Here the steps to manage it:

1) Make sure your AirPlay-friendly speaker and your iDevice are on the same internet connection, whether it is Wi-Fi or ethernet network.

2) Open AirPlay on your iDevice: Go to "Settings" > AirPlay. There, you can see if the devices connected to the same home WiFi.

3) Select the speaker that you want to play Apple Music on, or click multiple speakers to stream audio across all of them at the same time.

2. Stream Apple Music to Portable Speaker Via Bluetooth

AirPlay is nice but there are too many requirements to use it. First of all, you need to have either iPhone, iPad or Mac. Second, only some smart speakers have AirPlay feature. If you are an Android user, or maybe you just don't want to buy AirPlay built-in speakers, you can use Bluetooth or NFC to stream Apple Music instead. Obviously, Bluetooth is more ubiquitous, so we will take it as an example.

1) Turn on the Bluetooth on your phone, tablet or computer.

2) On the other hand, make sure your speaker is in pairing mode. Keep holding the Power button is the common method for a portable speaker. For other devices, you better check the manual first.

3) When your device discovers the speaker you want to pair with, select it from the list to make a connection. Now you're all set and now you can stream Apple Music to Bluetooth speaker.

3. Play Apple Music on Portable Speaker Without Data Usage

This method is very usefull for outdoor activities. For example, if you are going to hold a outdoor patry or go camping, this method is can help you save both your data and battery usage as we know AirPlay and Bluetooth is batery-comsuming. And to do this, you will need to use TunesKit Audio Converter. TunesKit is born to help people convert Apple Music songs to MP3 so that we can play them on the device we want. Next section will be a guide on how to convert and play Apple Music on portable speaker offline.

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Step 1 Add Apple Music to TunesKit Audio Converter

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First, download and install TunesKit Audio Converter from the above link. Then add the Apple Music songs to the TunesKit interface by clicking the "Add" button. There are two "Add" buttons, to convert Apple Music you should go for the Music Note button on the top of the window.

Step 2Customize Audio Output Format

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When the songs are successfully uploaded, click the "Format" panel at the left bottom of the surface and there will be a pop-up window. Select "MP3" format and click "OK" to confirm the setting.

Step 3Convert the Apple Music to MP3

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After that, simply press "Convert" and wait for a few seconds. When the converting process is done, the converted files can be found in the history folder.

Step 4Transfer Converted Songs to USB or Phone

When you get all the songs you want to play converted sucessfully, you can transfer them to your phone. In this way, you can play them with no mobile data needed. This can also make sure you get a stable quality of songs and you don't need to bring any CD album with you. If your portable speaker has USB pot, you can also transfer the songs to a USB and plug the USB to your speaker.

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