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Two Solutions to Help You Stream Apple Music on Raspberry Pi

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Maybe you have been looking into ways to stream Apple Music to Raspberry Pi, but only to find Airplay solution. Is there any way to play Apple Music songs directly on the Raspberry Pi? Today we will share you 2 ways to stream Apple Music on Raspberry Pi and you can choose any one for a try.

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Solution 1: Play Apple Music on Raspberry Pi via Airplay

It is a little bit cumbersome to stream Apple Music on Raspberry Pi via Airplay. But it's not that difficult to get it work if you are willing to take some time. Now let’s look at the steps on how to stream Apple Music on Raspberry Pi via Airplay.

Things you will need to install Raspberry Pi software

Things you will need:

Step 1: Download and Install the Raspberry Pi Software

The recommended operating system for using with the Raspberry Pi is called Raspbian. You can get NOOBS or Raspbian by purchasing a SD card with the software already installed. Or you can get NOOBs by downloading and installing onto a blank SD card.

1. Download NOOBS Lite ZIP from the official Raspberry Pi Downloads page to computer, then extract the files from the zip and copy the unzipped files (not a folder) to blank SD card.

Download NOOBs Lite Zip

2. Remove the SD card form computer and insert it to the Raspberry Pi.

3. Connect the Ethernet cable, HDMI cable, USB keyboard and mouse, power supply to the Raspberry Pi.

4. The Raspberry Pi should boot up and display a list of operating systems to install. Then select "OpenELEC" from the list and click "Install".

Choose OpenELEC

5. Navigate to System > Settings > Services > AirPlay, and check the option "Allow Kodi to receive AirPlay content".

Note: OpenELEC is a small Linux based Just Enough Operating System (JeOS) built from scratch as a platform to turn your computer into a Kodi media center.

6. After the latest version of OpenELEC has been downloaded and installed, the Pi should automatically restart and launch Kodi.

Step 2: Start Airplay Apple Music to the Raspberry Pi

After all settings done, you will see that Kodi appears in the AirPlay list on your Mac machine or iPhone, iPad, and you can run Apple Music on your device and start stream Apple Music songs to your Raspberry Pi.

Solution 2: Play Apple Music on Raspberry Pi Directly

It is very convenient for Apple users to play Apple Music on Raspberry Pi via Airplay. Though it is a little fiddly, you will work it out after researching. Is there any other easier ways available to stream Apple Music on the Raspberry Pi without using iPhone or iPad?

Yes, there is an alternative way indeed, more practical and easier. That is to remove the DRM protected Apple Music files into plain audio files like MP3, then transfer the converted Apple Music to Raspberry Pi via USB storage device.

And the problem is how to convert Apple Music songs to unprotected MP3 audio files? This is very easy to operate: you just need to install a specialized Apple Music converter, for example Sidify Apple Music Converter on your computer, then you can follow the simple steps to convert Apple Music songs to MP3, AAC, WAV, or FLAC.

Key Features of Sidify Apple Music Converter

Convert Apple Music to MP3

Check boxFlawlessly convert Apple Music and iTunes M4P music to MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV;

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Check boxIntelligently recognize and keep ID3 tags and metadata (title, artist, album, and etc);

Check boxPerfectly compatible with the latest version of Windows & Mac OS and iTunes.

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Things you will need:

Now let's start the tutorial on how to convert Apple Music to MP3 and play the converted Apple Music on Raspberry Pi directly.

Step 1: Add Apple Music Songs

Download and install Sidify Apple Music on your PC or Mac, then launch it.

Main interface

Click icon on the top left corner of main interface, then a pop-up window will be shown to indicate you to add Apple Music songs from iTunes library. Please make sure that the Apple Music songs you want to convert are well downloaded on your computer.

After selecting the music files from the list, you can click "OK" to check.

Add Apple Music songs or iTunes M4P to Sidify Apple Music Converter

Step 2: Customize the Output Settings

Then click button to customize the output settings. Here you can choose the output format as MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV, and choose the output path, output quality you prefer.

Choose output format

Step 3: Start Converting

Now you can click "Convert" button to start the conversion. Sidify Apple Music Converter will convert your Apple Music files at a fast speed. After the conversion completed, you can click button to check the converted Apple Music songs.


Step 4: Transfer the Converted Apple Music Songs to Raspberry Pi

1. Insert a USB storage device to computer and copy the converted Apple Music songs to it.

2. Remove USB from computer and insert it to Raspberry Pi, then you can use the command line to start transferring music to Raspberry Pi.

The 2 ways introduced above are very easy to experiment. And If you have any other ways, you can share it to us.

Note: The trial version of Sidify Apple Music converter has 3-minute conversion limit. You can unlock the time restriction by purchasing the full version at $39.95.

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