How to Stream Apple Music to Roku
LAST UPDATED: Mar. 23, 2017
Roku's biggest advantage is that it allows you to watch streaming videos from Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, Google Play, HBO GO/NOW, PBS, Lifetime, YouTube and much more. Actually, the Roku supports lots of music service as well, including Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and Sirius XM. Unfortunately, Apple Music is not on the list. So what if you want to stream your personal Apple Music collections to Roku? Can you mirror iPhone to Roku to listen to Apple Music? If not, is there any way to stream Apple Music to Roku? Let's answer these questions one by one?
Can I Directly Stream Apple Music to Roku?
No, you cannot. It's easy to stream your music files (such as MP3 or WAV files) through our free Roku Media Player channel, which enables you to play content from media servers on your local network as well as a USB drive attached to a USB-equipped Roku 3 or Roku 2XS. However, Apple Music songs are in Apple FairPlay protected M4P format, which is not supported by Roku. So you cannot stream Apple Music files to Roku just like streaming common MP3 files, let alone Apple Music files are DRM protected.
For the same reason, you cannot take advantage the "Play On Roku" app on your iPhone to stream Apple Music to Roku.
The following media file formats are Roku supported:
Video — MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264), MOV (H.264), WMV (VC-1, firmware 3.1 only)
Music — AAC, MP3, WMA, FLAC (firmware 5.3 and later), WAV (firmware 5.3 and later)
Photo — JPG, PNG, GIF (non-animated)
Can I Mirror Apple Music from iPhone to Roku?
Sorry, you cannot. Screen Mirroring allows you to display (or "mirror") the screen of your Android™ or Windows® device wirelessly onto your TV screen showing web pages, videos, photos, music, and more via your Roku® streaming device. It is not supported on iOS® or Apple devices, or on Google devices running OS 6.0 or later.
How to Stream Apple Music to Roku – Convert Apple Music to MP3 First
If you want to stream Apple Music to Roku successfully, you have to remove DRM and convert Apple Music to MP3 which is the format supported by Roku. Apple Music Converter can help you remove DRM and convert Apple Music M4P tracks to plain MP3 files. Download the free trial version of the program and follow the detailed guide below to convert Apple Music to MP3.
Step 1. Launch Apple Music Converter
After downloading, install and launch Apple Music Converter on your computer or Mac. iTunes will be launched automatically at the same time.
Step 2. Select Apple Music Tracks to Convert
Click the playlist that saves your Apple Music tracks on the left side of the program. Then, select those songs you want to convert. Note: If your favorite Apple Music songs are not listed, please go to iTunes and add those songs to your iTunes music library first. Then, reopen the program.
Step 3. Choose MP3 as Output Format
Click "Output Format" and select MP3 or FLAC as the output format. Other settings like Codec, Bitrate, Sample Rate, etc. will be changed accordingly. You can also change them as your need. Here, I recommend choosing the bitrate as 256kbps, which is the Apple Music bitrate.
Step 4. Convert Apple Music to MP3 for Roku
When everything is ready, click "Convert" button at the top menu to start converting Apple Music to MP3, which is the supported format for Roku.
Two Ways to Stream Apple Music to Roku
There are two easy ways you can stream the converted Apple Music to Roku:
Way 1: Stream Apple Music MP3 files through free Roku Media Player channel.
Way 2: Use free Roku mobile app for Android, iOS or Windows Phone on your phone. Click "Play On Roku" from the pull-down menu in the mobile app and choose "Music." You can play playlists, artists, albums or songs with the touch of a button!
Reference: Six tips to turn your Roku player into your home’s music hub