[Fixed] How to Play Spotify on Apple TV in 4 Ways

Updated by Adam Gorden on April 9, 2021 4:35 PM.
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It's been a long time since Apple TV arrived. But we are still waiting for Spotify, the largest streaming music service in the world to release its tvOS app for Apple TV. Spotify is only available on Apple TV 4th generation streaming boxes, instead of on other series of Apple TV. For now, to play Spotify on Apple TV, the most popular solution is just using a built-in Spotify app. But how about listening to Spotify on other Apple TVs without Spotify? The following content will give you the answer.

Part 1. How to Play Spotify on Apple TV (4th Gen)
Part 2. How to Get Spotify on Apple TV (1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen)
      2.1 Stream Spotify to Apple TV via AirPlay
      2.2 Stream Spotify to Apple TV via Spotify Connect
Part 3. How to Listen to Apple TV on Apple TV (All Series) - [Easy & Hot]
Part 4. FAQs about Spotify Not Available on Apple TV

Part 1. How to Download Spotify on Apple TV (4th Gen)

Since Spotify released its tvOS app for Apple TV, it would be easier for you to access Spotify's catalog if you're using Apple TV 4th generation. With Spotify for Apple TV, you can enjoy all the music and podcasts you love, right here on the big screen. Now follow the below steps to listen to all your favorite music and podcasts on the Apple TV.

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1) Power on Apple TV and open the App Store from the Apple TV's homepage.

2) Press on the Search icon and then type Spotify to search for it.

3) Select the Spotify app from the screen and click the Get button to install the app.

4) After completing the installation, launch Spotify and click the Log In button.

5) When viewing the activation code, go to the Spotify Activation website on your smartphone.

6) Sign in with your Spotify account and enter the paring code then tap the PAIR button.

7) Now you could flick through artist pages, albums, songs and playlists using your remote control and start playing your favorite songs on Apple TV.

Part 2. How to Get Spotify on Apple TV (1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen)

Due to Spotify not available on Apple TV 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation, you are not able to install Spotify on the TV and play songs from Spotify directly. In these models, you can try to enjoy Spotify songs on Apple TV using AirPlay or with Spotify Connect on your phone, tablet, or computer. Here's how to connect Spotify to Apple TV for playing.

2.1 Cast Spotify to Apple TV via AirPlay

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1) Open the Spotify app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and then select an album or playlist to play.

2) Go to Control Center on your iOS device and press the group of controls in the upper-right corner, then tap the AirPlay button.

3) Select Apple TV you want to play the current audio to. Now you can listen to songs from Spotify through Apple TV.


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1) Make sure that your Mac and Apple TV are on the same Wi-Fi or ethernet network.

2) Launch the Spotify on your Mac and then choose to play some soundtracks on Spotify.

3) Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Sound and then select Apple TV that you want to stream audio to.


2.2 Cast Spotify to Apple TV via Spotify Connect

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1) Make sure that both your device and Apple TV are connected to the same network.

2) Open the Spotify app on your device and play any music you want to listen to on the Apple TV.

3) Click the Devices Available icon at the bottom of the screen then click on the More Devices option.

4) Select Apple TV and now the music will be played on your Apple TV.

Part 3. How to Listen to Apple TV on Apple TV (All Series)

With the above three methods, you can stream Spotify music to your Apple TV but there is a method to enable you play Spotify on Apple TV without hassle. In fact, things would become much easier if we can transfer Spotify songs to Apple TV. The problem is that all Spotify music is protected by DRM, meaning Spotify songs only accessible to the app. Therefore, we'll need the help of some Spotify DRM removal solutions to break the DRM limit for us.

Among all the Spotify music tools, TunesKit Music Converter for Spotify is the most highly recommended option as it's able to download and convert any Spotify track to common formats with no quality loss. It works perfectly for both Spotify free and premium accounts. By using this smart software, you can easily convert all your Spotify songs to Apple TV supported audio formats, such as MP3, AAC or others. Now you'll be guided to see how to convert Spotify playlists to MP3 as well as stream the DRM-free music to Apple TV for playback.

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3.1 How to Download and Convert Spotify Music to MP3

Step 1Add Spotify music URL to TunesKit

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Open TunesKit Music Converter for Spotify on your Windows or Mac and the Spotify app will be loaded automatically. Log into your account to browse the songs or playlists you want to download. Then drag the URL of the tracks from Spotify to TunesKit main window. You can also copy and paste the URL to the search box of TunesKit. Then wait for the songs to load.

Step 2Customize output quality

set output format

Once the songs are imported, go to the top menu of TunesKit and click Preferences. Then you can select the output format and adjust the audio quality as you like. To make the songs playable on Apple TV, you are suggested to set the output format as MP3. And for a stable conversion, you'd better check the 1X conversion speed option.

Step 3Download Spotify music as MP3

convert spotify songs to mp3

Now, click Convert button at the bottom right corner to start downloading the songs from Spotify. Wait until the conversion finishes. Once done, you can locate the well converted music files by clicking the history icon. Then follow the steps below to learn how to stream the DRM-free Spotify songs to Apple TV by using Home Sharing.

3.2 How to Transfer Converted Spotify Songs to Apple TV

Step 1Add Spotify songs to iTunes

Launch iTunes and import the converted Spotify songs to your iTunes library.

Step 2Configure your computer

itunes home sharing

Go to File > Home Sharing and choose Turn on Home Sharing. Enter your Apple ID and password.

Step 3Set up Apple TV

turn on apple tv home sharing

Open Apple TV, go to Settings > Accounts > Home Sharing, and enter your credentials to turn on Home Sharing.

Step 4Start playing the music

Once you've configured all your devices using the same Apple ID, you can highlight Computers app on your Apple TV. Then select a library. You'll see the types of content available. Drill down through your music, and choose what to play.

Part 4. FAQs about Spotify Not Available on Apple TV

About Spotify on Apple TV, you would have a bunch of questions. And you would like to find the answers especially when Spotify not working on Apple TV. Here we've collected some frequently asked questions, and also gives the answer.

1. Can you get your Spotify music on Apple TV?

Sure, all Apple TV users who have a subscription to Spotify can use the mentioned above to listen to Spotify on Apple TV.

2. How to get Spotify on those older Apple TV?

Since Spotify is not available on those older Apple TVs, you can use the AirPlay feature to listen ton Spotify music. Or you can cast Spotify music to Apple TV via Spotify Connect.

3. How to fix Spotify black screen on Apple TV?

Quit Spotify on your Apple TV, and go to delete Spotify. Then reinstall the Spotify app on your TV and try to play music from Spotify again.

Final Thoughts

Now you can listen to all your favorite music and podcasts on the big screen with easy controls from your Apple TV remote, or by using Spotify Connect on your phone or tablet. For a totally seamless experience, you could try to move Spotify songs to your Apple TV using TunesKit Spotify Music Converter. Then you can freely play Spotify songs on your Apple TV or any other devices.

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