Apple Music App Now Available on PlayStation 5 – What About Xbox?

Apple Music PS5

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Apple Music is now available to stream music on PlayStation 5. But what about the Xbox?

Today Sony announced the Apple Music app is available to PS5 users. Anyone with an Apple Music subscription can stream 90 million songs, curated playlists, music videos, and Apple Music Radio in the PS5 app. The Apple Music PS5 app supports background music play and seamless music video playback. Here’s how it works.

PS5 Apple Music App – Background Music

PS5 users can start the music in the app before starting a game, or during gameplay. Here’s how to keep listening while you’re playing.

  1. Press the PS button on the DualSense controller.
  2. Navigate the Control Center and select ‘Music.’
  3. Apple Music is an available option.
  4. Sign-in to your Apple Music account to start streaming music.

Seamless Music Video Playback

Apple Music subscribers can also watch music videos in the PS5 app. Videos start in full screen, but audio from the video will continue if you navigate elsewhere on the PlayStation 5.

What about Apple Music on Xbox Series X?

You can listen to Spotify, SoundCloud, and Pandora on Xbox using an official app – but not Apple Music. However, that’s not to say you can’t enjoy the service using your Xbox Series X console. A third-party application called “AirServer” hooks into AirPlay and allows Apple Music content to be remotely cast to an Xbox device from an iPhone or iPad.

The only downside is that the AirServer app costs $20 on the Microsoft Store. Thankfully, there’s a 60-minute free trial to see if the app suits your needs. Here’s how to set it up.

  1. Access the ‘Store’ app on your Xbox.
  2. Search for ‘AirServer.’
  3. Install ‘AirServer Xbox Edition.’
  4. Launch the app on your Xbox.
  5. Press right on the directional pad.
  6. Press ‘A’ to display a QR code for setting up AirPlay.
  7. Open ‘AirServer Connect’ on your iOS device.
  8. Select ‘Scan QR code.’
  9. Allow camera permission if prompted.
  10. Scan the QR code provided by the Xbox app.

You should now be able to stream video and music remotely to your Xbox app. It’s not an official Apple Music app for Xbox, but it does work until one is available.