Q: I have purchased some 4K and 1080p movies and TV shows from iTunes Store. Since Chromecast can now support 4these types of videos, I tried to use it to cast iTunes movies to my home high-definition TV. But I failed and was told that the iTunes video is not a supported file by Chromecast. Why it happened? How can I cast iTunes to Chromecast?
You are not alone with this problem while streaming iTunes to Chromecast. But take it easy! In this article, we will show you why and how to fix it. You can get the complete tutorial on how to make iTunes Chromecast work without any problem. And you can learn more about iTunes and Chromecast. Now, let's move on.
Part 1. Can You Chromecast iTunes Movie to TV?
In general, users can cast local media files from the Chrome browser for playing on a big screen HD TV with the help of a computer. Yet, you can't let iTunes Chromecast work together. Why?
Speaking of the reasons why you can't cast iTunes to Chromecast, it needs to go back to the iTunes and Chromecast themselves. iTunes movies are encoded in encrypted M4V format and not supported to use on non-Apple devices, including Chromecast. Besides, Chromecast only supports playing MP4 and WebM files on a high-definition television. Apparently, the format of iTunes movies is not compatible with Chromecast.
In conclusion, we can't Chromecast from iTunes to TV directly. But things will be changed if you convert iTunes M4V video to MP4 or other plain video formats supported by Chromecast. The following sections describe how to do this easily. You can read on this article to master this skill.
Part 2. How to Get iTunes Chromecast Work - Best Tool
From the part above, we know that the movies Chromecast from iTunes needed to be the MP4 or the WebM format. So, in this part, we will show you how to convert and cast iTunes to Chromecast supported formats.
Section 1. Preparations
First of all, you need to prepare three things below.
1. Your Downloaded iTunes Movies/TV Shows
To Chromecast iTunes movies from iPhone or personal computer, you have to download iTunes movies on your iTunes Library.
2. DRmare M4V Converter
To convert iTunes movies for Chromecasting anywhere, we'll need a professional iTunes video converter, which can convert Apple movies to Chromecast-compatible video files. For an all-featured iTunes movie unlocker, DRmare iTunes M4V Converter could be the best option.
This smart iTunes to Chromecast converter can convert all kinds of iTunes videos. It includes all the purchased and rented movies from iTunes Store and more. During converting, it won't touch the original video and audio tracks. It keeps the AC3 5.1 audio, CC, audio descriptions, and subtitles for the HD 1080P/720P and SD iTunes movies. The highlight feature of this program is the ability to convert iTunes M4V movies to MP4 and other formats supported by Chromecast. Streaming and watching iTunes movies on Chromecast is no longer a problem with the help of this software.
DRmare iTunes to Chromecast Converter
3. Chrome Browser
To make iTunes movies Chromecast integration, the Chrome browser can't be ignored. Please download the latest version of the Chrome browser on your Windows or Mac computer.
Section 2. How to Convert iTunes Movies for Chromecast to Cast
Once you got ready, you can see how to convert iTunes movies for Chromecast step by step in this section. After doing the following steps, you can then easily Chromecast Apple movies to TV.
- Step 1Open DRmare M4V Converter and add downloaded iTunes movies
- Download and install the free version of DRmare M4V Converter on your computer. Then launch DRmare iTunes to Chromecast Converter. And then click 'Add Files' button. Then a drop-down menu will appear. You can choose the iTunes movies you want to stream to Chromecast from your iTunes library. Click 'OK' and the videos will be loaded to the converter. You are also allowed to add the iTunes M4V movies by drag-and-drop.
- Step 2Customize output settings for Chromecast iTunes movie
- To get iTunes movies cast to Chromecast, choose the output format as 'Lossless MP4' from the profile list. The quality of the output iTunes video will be the same as the original file. All audio tracks including the AC3 5.1 sound, AD, CC, and subtitles will be retained. Or you can choose HD MP4. It lets you set the video parameters, such as video codec, size, bit rate and so on according to your own needs.
- Step 3Convert iTunes to Chromecast
- Click the 'Convert' button in the lower right corner. It will start converting iTunes movies to Chromecast-compatible MP4 files. After conversion, you can click the 'Converted' panel. Then you will find those well-converted iTunes videos, which are available to cast to Chromecast now!
Part 3. How to Cast iTunes to Chromecast for Playing on TV from PC and Mobile
Congratulations, you should have already got the common iTunes videos now. In this part, let's see how to cast from iTunes to Chromecast on TV from PC and mobile. Then you can watch iTunes videos on your TV. You can do that on Windows/Mac computers or iPhone/Android phones.
Method 1. How to Cast iTunes to TV via Chromecast from Computer
Tools You'll Need:
1. Google Chromecast streaming stick
2. HDTV set supports HDMI port
3. Chromecast app installed or Google Cast extension for Chrome Browser on your computer
4. A stable WiFi connection
Step 1. Plug Chromecast Streaming Stick to HDTV
Plug Chromecast into your TV's HDMI port. Then you'll be directed to the Chromecast setup page. Follow the instructions to set it up.
Step 2. Download Google Cast Extension for Chrome Browser
If you have already installed Cast for your Chrome, you can skip this step. If not, please go to Chrome Web Store to search Google Cast. Then download and install it on your Chrome browser.
Step 3. Add iTunes Movies from Computer to Chrome for Playing
With a Chrome browser open, hit 'CTRL + O' for PC or 'Command + O' for Mac. Then locate the converted iTunes movies you wish to play via Chromecast. You can also copy & paste the path of the video file in the Chrome browser address bar. Right-click on the video file > Properties. Then choose Security Tab > Copy Full video path > Paste in the Chrome browser.
Step 4. Begin to Chromecast iTunes Movies
Click the 'Cast this' tab in the Chromecast streaming menu on the right side of the Chrome address bar. Then you can start the iTunes Chromecast to TV. At last, you can watch and control iTunes movies in any way you like.
Video Tutorial - How to Chromecast iTunes Movies to TV
If the user guide on how to play iTunes movie on Chromecast is hard for you, you can follow the video guide here. It offers an easier way to learn how to watch iTunes movie on Chromecast.
Method 2. How to Cast from iTunes to Chromecast from iPhone/Android Phone
Also, you can cast iTunes movie to Chromecast from iPhone/Android mobile phones to HD TV. Just transfer the converted iTunes videos to Android or iOS mobile devices first. And then you can get iTunes movies Chromecast and play on your TV.
Method 3. How to Cast Apple Movie to Chromecast via VLC
To stream iTunes movie to Chromecast, you can also use some media players like VLC to help you.
- Play the converted iTunes movies on VLC or other media players you want.
- Hit on the 'Google Cast' icon on the Chrome browser.
- Touch the 'down' icon next to your Chromecast. Then select the 'Cast Entire Desktop'.
- After that, movies will be streamed from iTunes to your Chromecast.
Part 4. How to Cast iTunes Movie to Chromecast via Movies Anywhere
Here is an extra tip on how to Chromecast iTunes movies on iPhone with the help of the Movies Anywhere app. By using this app, you can access all your iTunes content and mirror them to a Chromecast-enabled device easily. Now let's see how it works.
Step 1. Download and install the Movies Anywhere app from the App Store on your iPhone.
Step 2. Launch the app and create a Movies Anywhere account. Then you need to agree with the terms and conditions of Movies Anywhere.
Step 3. Touch on 'More' at the bottom bar. And then choose 'Manage retailers' from the menu.
Step 4. Go to iTunes and hit 'Connect' to connect to your iTunes movies.
Step 5. Link your iTunes account to Movies Anywhere by accepting the terms and conditions.
Step 6. Log in to your iTunes account by entering your Apple ID and password. Then wait for your iTunes movies synced to Movies Anywhere.
Step 7. Hit on the 'Cast' icon from the top right corner.
Step 8. Then your iPhone will search for and detect the Chromecast devices. Then choose your Chromecast device.
Step 9. Play any iTunes movie and it will be streamed to your Chromecast.
Step 10. To stop the casting, touch the 'Cast' icon. Then hit the 'Stop Casting' or 'Disconnect' option.
Note: Now Movies Anywhere app is only available in the USA. Not every movie studio allows their content to be used on Movies Anywhere. The studios with official support are Disney, Universal, Fox, Warner Bros and Sony Picture.
More Tips: Know More about Chromecast and iTunes
What Is Chromecast?
Chromecast is a media player device developed by Google. It can be plugged into your TV's HDMI port via a USB cable. The contents on the device can be "cast" onto your TV.
Chromecast is quite similar to Roku Streaming Stick and Apple TV. It is a great streaming box that lets you enjoy lots of video channels from YouTube, and more on the TV sets.
Also, you can throw content from your Chrome browser to the big screen. You can do that via your phone or computer when linking Chromecast to your TV.
The standard version comes in three distinct colors: black, coral, and lemonade. And it features three built-in antennas, a malleable HDMI cord, and support for 802.11ac and 5 GHz bands.
To get the best performance from your 4K TV, you can use Chromecast Ultra. It comes with 4K streaming ability yet faster, smoother and more reliably.
What Is iTunes?
iTunes allows users to manage and enjoy their music, movies, and more they already had. And users can buy content they want on iTunes. Besides, iTunes Store owns a large number of HD movies and TV shows. But all the iTunes movies are protected to avoid users to playing them on non-Apple devices.
You can't get iTunes Chromecast work together before. But here, you had learned how to cast iTunes to Chromecast for playing on your TV without any limitation. By using the DRmare M4V Converter, you can convert, stream, and play iTunes movie on Chromecast. And you can play iTunes movies offline on any device you want.
If you have any way to cast from iTunes to Chromecast, then please write it down in the comment part.