How to listen to Apple Music on PS5/PS4

Sony announced that Apple Music is launching on PS5 on October 27, 2021. Apple Music subscribers can now access a catalog of 100 million songs, music videos in 4K, playlists from their own library, and curated gaming playlists. Playstation says it offers “seamless integration” with the Apple Music streaming service with background music and music video playback, allowing players to listen before, during, or after gameplay session. Apple Music subscribers can also find recommendations that reflect the games they are playing, or choose from a playlist in their library or other Apple Music-curated playlists for gaming. Apple Music subscribers can also find and watch music videos from a wide selection of artists in the Apple Music app.

Apple Music Atmos/Lossless is not supported as the PS5 only supports Atmos via BluRay HDMI audio pass through.

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How to listen to Apple Music on PS5

How to set up Apple Music on PS5 consoles? 

To get started, PS5 owners can download the Apple Music app from the Media space on PS5, and follow the on-screen instructions to link their Apple Music account. 

  1. Select All Apps from your media home. 
  2. Select Apple Music Download
  3. Launch the Apple Music App. 
  4. Select Sign up or Log in and enter your details. 
  5. Follow the prompts to link your accounts.
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Background Music Play

PS5 users can launch the Apple Music app before starting the game, or press the PS button on the DualSense wireless controller during gameplay to access the Control Center and select the Music Function card.

Seamless Music Video Playback

Besides songs and playlists, Apple Music for PS5 also allows you to watch music videos in 4K. If you want to go back to your gameplay or navigate elsewhere on the PS5’s home screen, the audio from the music video will continue to play.

How to unlink Apple Music from PlayStation Network?

Open the Apple Music app and select your account at the top right of the screen. Select Log out. Your Apple Music account is no longer linked to PlayStation Network.

In Sony’s announcement on the PlayStation blog, the PlayStation is said to be the “first” console to include the Apple Music music streaming service. Apple rival Spotify launched on PlayStation back in 2015.

Related: How to play Apple Music on Xbox?

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How to listen to Apple Music on PS4

Unluckily, Apple Music integration is not brought to PS4. However, PS4 allows you to play your video and music files direct from your home media server or a USB storage device, or browse your photo collection with the integrated PS4 media player. If you own a PS4 and Apple Music subscription, you can refer to this method: Download and convert Apple Music songs to MP3 and play them on PS4 from USB drive. You can listen to music in the background without interrupting games. The songs you downloaded directly from Apple Music can't be played with PS4 media player since they are in DRM protected M4P format. So you need to find a tool to remove Apple Music DRM and download the songs to MP3. Here we will recommend Ondesoft Apple Music Converter.

Apple Music Converter Introduction

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  • Download Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A, etc.
  • 100% original quality and ID3 tags.
  • 16x conversion speed
  • Convert iTunes music/audiobooks and Audible audiobooks
  • Output format: MP3, M4A, AC3, AAC, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4R, MKA, WAV

Part 1. How to remove DRM from Apple Music songs

This article will show you how to remove DRM from Apple Music songs and play them on PS3/PS4.

1. Download and Launch Apple Music Converter

Download, install and launch Ondesoft Apple Music Converter on your Mac or Windows.

Apple Music Converter


2. Sign in your Apple Music account

Click the Sign in button and enter your Apple ID.

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3. Change output format(optional)

The default output format is lossless M4A. Ondesoft Apple Music Converter also supports converting Apple Music to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. You can also customize output file name with any combination of title, artist, album, playlist index and track ID.

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4. Select music

Follow the on-screen instructions to choose the playlist or album you want to convert.

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Click Add songs.

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5. Start Conversion

By default, all songs in the playlist/album will be checked. If there are songs you don't want to convert, please uncheck the box. Then click Convert button to start downloading songs to the format you choose.

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After conversion, click below folder icon to quickly locate the downloaded songs.

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Part 2. How to play Apple Music from a USB drive on PS4 consoles

You'll need to download the Media Player from PlayStation™Store before you can play content and view your photos. Select Media Player  from the content area or Library, and then select Download  from the screen that appears.

Make sure the USB drive is formatted with either the exFAT or FAT32 file system.

  1. Using a computer, create a "Music" folder in the root directory of the USB drive, and then place your downloaded Apple Music songs in the "Music" folder. 
  2. Connect the USB drive to your PS4 console. 
  3. Select Library in the content area. 
  4. Select USB Music Player in the content area. 
  5. Select the music you want to play. To play all of the music in the folder, highlight the folder, press the OPTIONS button, and then select Play
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The free trial version allows you to convert each song for 3 minutes. To remove the limitation, please purchase a license.