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Simple Solution to Stream Apple Music to Raspberry Pi

'Q: Anyone have any luck with Apple Music + PI? Looking to set up a home music system with speakers connected to my PI where you can log in from your phone and stream apple music to it. Has anyone been successful with that? I have ve seen it for Spotify but not Apple Music.'

The Raspberry Pi is a small and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming through fun, practical projects. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has an official general-use operating system, called Raspbian, that's optimized to work on the Pi. But the Raspberry Pi primarily runs Linux, so technically it can do anything any Linux computer can do, such as run email and Web servers, act as network storage, or operate as a VPN.

The Raspberry Pi is an ideal candidate to serve you as digital hi-fi music player. Just install a simple music player on the Raspberry Pi and you can use it to play music. What's more, you can create a cheap standalone streaming music player for Spotify, Google Music, SoundCloud, Webradio, Podcasts and other music from the cloud with Pi MusicBox.

stream apple music to raspberry pi

However, there are exceptions. Like the problem mentioned at the beginning, you will find it is impossible to play Apple Music on Raspberry Pi. Generally speaking, you can only play Apple Music on iOS device, Android device, Apple TV, PC and Mac, Raspberry Pi is obviously not included. In addition, Apple Music is streamed at 256Kbps in AAC format, which prevents you streaming tracks from Apple Music to other common programs or devices.

Don't worry, the Raspberry Pi is equipped with USB ports. So we can convert Apple Music songs to the common audio formats supported by USB and then plug it in your Raspberry Pi's USB port. In this way, you can stream Apple Music to Raspberry Pi successfully.

How to Convert Apple Music with Apple Music Converter

Apple Music Converter, one of the best Apple Music conversion tools, comes to help you. It can convert Apple Music files to common MP3 or other audio formats at fast conversion speed.

Why Choose Apple Music Converter

  • Convert Apple Music songs to MP3, AAC, AIFF, FLAC or WAV without quality loss.
  • Convert Apple Music at 10X faster speed.
  • No need to install iTunes or Apple Music App; keep ID3 Tags and metadata.
  • Transfer Apple Music to Raspberry Pi, Google Home, Xbox One, PS4, iPod Touch, etc.
  • Work on the latest Windows 10 & macOS 11 Big Sur perfectly.

Step-by-step Solution to Convert Apple Music to Raspberry Pi

The followings tutorial will provide the specific details to explain how to transfer Apple Music songs to Raspberry Pi by using Apple Music Converter.

Step 1 Download Apple Music Converter on PC

Download and install Apple Music Converter on your computer, then launch this application. After you launch the program, please click on "Open Apple Music Web Player" and sign in with your Apple ID.

Interface of Apple Music Converter

Step 2Choose output format

Click the setting gear icon at the upper-right corner, then the Settings box will pop up to let you choose the output format, output quality, and output path. Here you can choose MP3 or AAC as the output format for compatible with Raspberry Pi, and choose 256kbps as the output quality.

Set output format

Step 3Add Apple Music to Apple Music Converter

Choose a playlist, artist, or album and open it, then click the Add button at the bottom right corner. You will see a pop-up dialog that will display all the songs that you can convert. Just select the songs you want to convert.

Add Apple Music songs

Step 4Start to Convert Apple Music

Click the Convert to start the Apple Music conversion process. After the conversion is completed, you can click on History icon to find the converted Apple Music files from local drive.

Converting Apple Music

Step 5Transfer the Converted Apple Music Songs to Raspberry Pi

Insert a USB drive into the USB port on your computer. Click the Computer or My Computer utility and select the removable disk icon. Then you can drag and drop the converted Apple Music songs to the drive. Finally, eject the USB from computer and insert it to Raspberry Pi, then you can use the command line to start transferring music to Raspberry Pi. Now you can play Apple Music songs on Raspberry Pi with common music player.

Note: The free trial version of the TunePat Apple Music Converter enables you to convert the first three minutes of each song and convert 3 music files at a time. If you want to unlock the time limitation, you can purchase the full version of Apple Music Converter from $14.95.

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