How to Stream Apple Music to Roku? Fixed!

Roku, also well-known as Roku streaming player is one of the popular tiny set-up boxes that is capable of offering a wonderful digital entertainment for people. This Roku media player is able to stream videos, music as well as photos from a wide variety of streaming channels, like YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, etc. via a wired or Wi-Fi connection from an Internet router.

However, just like Roku media streaming box can’t stream movies and TV shows purchased and rented from iTunes store, this smarm Roku is not available for Apple Music songs directly due to FairPlay DRM technology. What if you need to get Apple Music on Roku for playback? Here, we will show you the detailed solution to make Apple Music tracks playable on Roku freely.

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Part 1. Why We Can't Stream Apple Music to Roku Directly

Roku media streamer can support a series of streaming music services, including Pandora, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Spotify and more. Unfortunately, there is no Apple Music app built-in Roku streaming box. We can't access to Apple Music library directly from Roku.

You might come up to import Apple Music from some compatible devices to Roku via USB port. Out of question, using USB port is a recommended way to add local files to Roku for playback. But you should keep in mind is that Apple Music can’t be streamed on Roku from USB drvie, because Apple Music files are encrypted by Apple's DRM technology.

Thirdly, apart from being locked by DRM protection, Apple Music songs are encoded in M4P format, which can be playable on DRM M4P supported devices only. Generally speaking, Roku is compatible with the following audio formats, AAC, MP3, WMA, FLAC (firmware 5.3 and later) and WAV (firmware 5.3 and later). Obviously, M4P is not included in the Roku audio playback format line.

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Part 2. Best Apple Music Converter to Play Apple Music on Roku

Can We Play Apple Music on Roku Media Streamer? The answer must be YES. We all know that there are some obstacles when we stream Apple Music to Roku. We are not allowed to play Apple Music songs on Roku unless we have the ability to bypass DRM lock from Apple Music and convert DRM M4P to other common audio formats that Roku supports.

If we don't have a full knowledge of FairPlay DRM technology, we are not able to convert DRM M4P files to unprotected audio files. In order to avoid unnecessary hassle, we can get help from the third-party Apple Music DRM removal tool. DRmare Apple Music Converter is such commercial software. As a one-stop Apple Music DRM remover, it can not only losslessly remove Apple Music DRM protection and convert DRM M4P to Roku compatible DRM-free audio files with zero quality loss. Thanks to this smart tool, you can enjoy the original quality of Apple Music on Roku freely and easily.

View also: How to Unprotect iTunes M4P Songs

DRmare Apple Music to Roku Converter

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  • Break the lock of DRM protection from Apple Music streams
  • Convert Apple Music DRM M4P to Roku supported formats, like MP3
  • Customize output parameters, like ID3 tags and chapter info
  • Unbelieveable fast converting speed and keeping lossless quality

Part 3. How to Remove DRM from Apple Music to Play with Roku

Please make sure you have already downloaded and installed this professional Apple Music DRM Remover and Apple Music songs are downloaded completely on your computer. Now, you can refer to the following complete guide to remove Apple Music FairPlay DRM and convert downloaded Apple Music to Roku supported formats, like MP3, AAC, FLAC, and more using DRmare Apple Music Converter.

Step 1Add downloaded Apple Music to DRmare
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There are two ways for users to import Apple Music songs to DRmare Apple Music Converter. You can click the first 'Add' button at the bottom left of main interface to choose Apple Music tracks from iTunes library. The second 'Add' Button is used to import DRM-free audio files. Also, you can drag and drop Apple Music songs to DRmare conversion window directly.
Step 2Adjust the output format for Roku
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Since Roku is compatible with a lot of audio formats, such as MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV, you can click the little 'Format' icon near to Convert button to open the format window, in which you can see the supported output format list and you can choose the most suitable one as the output format for Roku media stick. In this step, you can freely customize ID3 tags according to your needs.
Step 3Remove DRM and convert Apple Music for Roku
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Once all settings are OK, please touch the 'Convert' button at the bottom right screen to start the conversion process. This smart tool will start to remove DRM protection and convert imported Apple Music to Roku compatible songs. Now, you just need to wait for the end of converting process. Generally speaking, the waiting time depends on how many Apple Music songs you have imported.

Part 4. Tips to Stream Converted Apple Music to Roku

Up to now, Apple Music files are released from DRM lock and converted to Roku supported format. You can locate converted non-DRM Apple Music songs in target folder on your computer. The last thing we need to do is transferring and streaming Apple Music to Roku for playback.

1. Stream Apple Music to Roku via USB Port

If you have an USB flash drive, you can use this way to get Apple Music on Roku. First of all, you can copy and paste unprotected Apple Music from your computer to USB drive. And then you need to connect Roku with USB drive via USB port. Now, you can use Roku Media Player to access to your music files in USB drive and enjoy Apple Music on Roku for playback.

2. Play Apple Music on Roku with Plex Media Server

Plex is compatible with Roku and it usually comes preinstalled on Roku. So you can stream DRM-unprotected Apple Music from computer to Roku directly via Plex Media Server. In this case, you need to install Plex on your computer in advance. And then you can upload Apple Music to this smart media server. Now, please open Plex Media Server on your Roku with Plex-linked account and you are able to listen to Apple Music on Roku from your computer.

May 14, 2018 4:13 pm

Posted by Jack Simons to Apple Music Tips


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