If you’re one of the 20 million people who subscribe to Apple Music and you also own an Apple TV, you have all the music in the world to explore, all packed into your TV. Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of Apple Music on your Apple TV.
What is Apple Music?
Apple Music is a subscription music streaming service with a catalog of over 30 million songs. For a monthly subscription (which varies by country), you can access all this music, plus the popular Beats1 radio station, music recommendations, personalized playlist collections, the Connect service focused on artists and fans, etc. Available on all Apple devices, the service is also available on Android, Apple TV and, with limited support, Windows.
Apple’s latest Apple TV offers the Music app.
The app allows you to listen to all your music via iCloud Music Library in the My Music section, and allows Apple Music subscribers to access all tracks made available by this service, including radio stations .
Once you’ve subscribed to Apple Music, you’ll need to sign in to your Apple TV using the same Apple ID you used for your Apple Music account in Settings > Accounts. You can then enable the service on your Apple TV in Settings > Apps > Music, where you need to enable iCloud Music Library in order to access all your music on the system.
To listen to the music collections you already own and keep on the Macs and iOS devices you have at home, you need to set up Home Sharing.
On a Mac: Launch iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID, then go to File > Home Sharing to enable the feature.
On an iOS device: Open Settings > Music, find Home Sharing, and sign in with your Apple ID and password.
On Apple TV: Open Settings > Accounts > Home Sharing. (On older Apple TVs, you need to go to Settings > Computers). Enable Home Sharing and enter your Apple ID.
Music sections on Apple TV
Apple improved navigation within Apple Music in 2016. Today, the Apple Music service is divided into six key sections:
- Library: The music you already own.
- For you: Personalized music recommendations, playlists, and more.
- Browse: Artist spotlight, curated collections, playlists, new music collections, editorially curated playlists, and more. Additional links to new music, playlists, videos, top charts, and genres are all housed in the Browse section.
- Radio: Beats1 and a range of automated station playlists. If you look at the top of the screen you’ll find additional sub-menus that take you to featured content, Beats 1 shows and a selection of virtual ‘stations’ including the current chart and more.
- Search: This is where you can search for specific material, both in your own collection and through Apple Music.
- Now Playing: The music you’re listening to right now.
You can control Apple Music using your Siri Remote. On Apple TV, Siri includes a series of commands, including:
- “Start a radio station based on this song”.
- “Add this album to my library. »
- “Listen to this song again. »
- “Adding ‘Burn The Witch’ to my song collection. »
When music is streaming from the Music app on Apple TV, it continues to play in the background while you navigate to other apps and content, including when screen savers are active. Playback stops automatically when you launch another app on Apple TV.
To create playlists on Apple TV, just listen to a song you want to add to the playlist, click on the Now Playing screen, navigate with your remote, and click the little circle that appears above the image of the song concerned to access the More menu.
There you will find a series of options, including Add to a Reading List. Select this option and add the song to an existing list or create a new one by giving it a name. Repeat this process for each song you want to add to a playlist.
What you can do with leads
There are several things you can do while listening to music. To find these controls, tap the “Now Playing” section and scroll to select the artwork for the current track. If you’re using a playlist, you should see previous and future tracks appear in the carousel view. You can pause tracks or skip to the next track in this view, but the best controls are a bit harder to find.
Once the track is selected, scroll the screen to the top. You should see two small dots. The left dot will download the currently playing track to your local Apple Music collection, while the right dot (when pressed) provides many additional tools:
- Go to Album: Takes you to the album containing the current song.
- Go to Artist: Takes you to the artist information page for the current song.
- Add to Library: Uploads the current song to your music library
- Add to playlist: You choose which playlist to place the track in using the following window.
- Next Play: This allows you to choose a track that will follow the current track.
- Create Station: Creates an automated radio station based on the current track.
- Like: Tap this button if you like the music that’s playing. By doing so, you improve Music’s ability to understand your preferences,
- Dislike: Tap this button if you dislike the music currently playing to prevent Apple Music from suggesting similar songs for you in the future.
- Speakers: This button, only useful if you have multiple speaker systems, lets you choose which speakers to use for music playback.
If you have an older model of Apple TV, Apple Music is not supported on the device and you won’t find an app for it. You can cast music collections held on other Apple devices in your home using the Home Sharing feature, but if you want to listen to Apple Music titles, you must cast them to your TV from another Apple device at using AirPlay. You won’t be able to use your Siri Remote to control music playback, which you’ll need to manage directly on the device you’re streaming content from.
Here’s how to use AirPlay from an iOS device:
Swipe up from the bottom of your iOS device’s screen to open Control Center, locate the AirPlay button at the bottom-middle right of Control Center, and choose to AirPlay music from this device through the AirPlay button. ‘Apple TV suitable.