Category: Apple Music

How to Automatically Download Apple Music Songs on iPhone & iPad

Go to OSX Daily to read How to Automatically Download Apple Music Songs on iPhone & iPad

How would you like to automatically download songs from Apple Music to your iPhone or iPad? That’s an option if you have subscribed to Apple Music.

In addition to streaming music while you’re on the go, Apple Music also allows you to download songs for offline listening. This means you don’t have to stay connected to the internet in order to listen to your favorite songs, which comes in handy especially when you’re travelling. That being said, if you listen to a lot songs, you’ll need to download each album in your music library individually, which is…

Read more: How to Automatically Download Apple Music Songs on iPhone & iPad

How to Stream Apple Music to Your Chromecast From Android

Here’s an exciting development that most folks (myself included) probably never thought would happen: You can now stream Apple Music directly to Google Chromecast from an Android device.

If that sounds too easy, don’t worry; there’s a caveat. Right now, this feature is only present in the latest Apple Music beta, so those who use the regular version of the app will need to make a few changes before you can cast your music:

  1. Opt in to the Apple Music Android app’s beta program via the Google Play Store.
  2. Once you’ve joined, you’ll need to wait for the app to update to the beta version. This might be automatic; this might also be delayed. If you haven’t seen an update go through on Google Play Store, consider resetting your device, checking again, and waiting patiently otherwise.

Once your app is updated to the beta version, you should now be able to stream your Apple Music to a Chromecast.

Screenshot: Brendan Hesse ((Apple Music Android App)
  1. To cast Apple Music to a Chromecast, you must be within range of a Chromecast or Chromecast-equipped device. In the Apple Music app, tap the Cast icon (it looks like a short rectangle with a WiFi signal in the lower left corner).
  2. Select the Chromecast device you wish to use, and the music should start playing on the connected device after a few moments.
  3. You can continue to use your phone and control playback within the Apple Music app as normal, even while casting.

This is a great update for those of us who split the great smartphone divide. It’s still important to remember that beta software can be inconsistent. If you notice any crashes, bugs, or compatibility issues, you can use the same beta program link above to revert back to the app’s regular version.


How to Play Apple Music in Any Web Browser

Web: When I’m on Windows, I can’t stand iTunes. Even when I’m on my MacBook, the experience is less than ideal. But what can you do? If you’ve bought into Apple’s ecosystem—especially its $9.99/month Apple Music—you don’t really have a choice. Right?

I recently stumbled across the open-source web app, and it’s a delight. Finally, someone has gone and crafted a lovely looking web-based version of Apple Music that you can listen to directly from your favorite browser, rather than having to deal with iTunes at all. ( used to be an option as well, but that site no longer seems to work.)

To get started, visit Musish and click on “Or just browse” to give the web-based experience a peek. Once you’re ready for the real deal, click on the “Connect to Apple Music” button to start linking your account with the service. Your credentials should be secure, since the site appears to be using Apple’s sign-in and authentication process (and APIs) to forge the connection.

Once you’ve signed in to your Apple account, you’ll see a pretty web interface that looks kind of like what you’d otherwise see in iTunes, only now in your browser. Since the site incorporates Apple’s horizontal navigation for things like playlists, songs, and albums, I find it easiest to hold Shift and scroll up and down with my mouse wheel when I need to go side-to-side instead of up-and-down.

Screenshot: David Murphy

There’s no support for Apple Music’s radio stations yet, so here’s hoping Musish’s developers find a way to integrate that someday. (Don’t hold your breath, as I believe that’s an Apple issue, not a Musish issue.) The site also lacks Apple Music’s social features, and I don’t believe there’s a way to “heart” tracks you enjoy. You can add songs to playlists, however, so there’s that—a feature I couldn’t test myself, as I don’t subscribe to Apple Music.

Speaking of, this site won’t let you do much of anything if you aren’t an Apple Music subscriber, which makes sense. Wave goodbye to those dreams of accessing your iTunes library from anywhere on Earth (without paying Apple for the privilege, that is). If you’re looking for a free way to do that, you’re better off going with Google Play Music.