"Play Apple Music on Soundtouch - I have the Bose Soundtouch 30 series 3 and would like to play Apple music through Bose SoundTouch but found no access to Apple music on SoundTouch speakers and app. What should I do to play Apple music on Bose SoundTouch? Can you sync iTunes music library to Bose SoundTouch and enjoy iTunes music in multiroom through Bose SoundTouch device?"
As a top popular home speaker, SoundTouch speaker gives users wireless access to popular music services like Spotify, Deezer, Amazon, Internet radio or your stored music library and enjoy these music in multiple rooms in your house. However, there is a disappointment of Bose SoundTouch – it doesn't support Apple music playback directly. You couldn't stream Apple music onto Bose Sound directly. Therefore, today we have listed several effective solutions in this guide to help you play Apple music on Bose SoundTouch speakers.
Part 1: Brief Introduction to Bose SoundTouch
Bose SoundTouch is a combination of hardware and software aimed at making the easiest, most seamless wireless music system ever for home digital entertainment. SoundTouch works over Wi-Fi integrated directly into Bose hardware. You could use SoundTouch speaker to wireless access to popular music services like Spotify, Deezer, Amazon, Internet radio or your stored music library on your computer or phones and enjoy these music in multiple rooms in your house.
Unlike some competing products like Sonos, all of Bose's SoundTouch hardware will also be AirPlay compatible. Both the SoundLink software and hardware are based around a six station preset list that works exactly like the one in your car. Therefore, listening to music is as easy as just pressing one of the six numbered buttons in either the app or on the hardware. You can simply press the number 3 and it'll launch your Kenny G Pandora station. There's no need to fire up an app at all.
The SoundTouch app is simple to navigate, and changing the presets works exactly the way it does in your car. Bose's big gamble here is that the simplicity of the one-touch, six-preset system is going to win over a lot of technophobic clients who are turned off by the prospect of using apps as a matter of everyday music listening.
Part 2: Why Can't We Play Apple Music Directly on Bose SoundTouch
As known to all, Apple has applied FairPlay as DRM (digital rights management system) to protect all its content on iTunes Store being used on non-Apple devices. FairPlay is a digital rights management (DRM) technology developed by Apple Inc. It is built into the MP4 multimedia file format as an encrypted AAC audio layer, and is used by the company to protect copyrighted works sold through iTunes Store, allowing only authorized devices to play the content.
Therefore, when you have purchased music from iTunes Store, you could actually play back these iTunes music on Apple devices and players like iTunes, iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. If you want to play Apple music on other devices, say Android devices like Galaxy smartphone, you have to firstly remove the DRM protection from purchased Apple music and then convert Apple music to DRM-free music files.
This happens to Bose SoundTouch series as well. You have to convert DRM iTunes music to DRM-free music files before you could play Apple music on Bose SoundTouch speakers for home music entertainment.
The below guide would then show you how to play Apple music on Bose SoundTouch in different ways.
Part 3: How to Play Apple Music on Bose SoundTouch via AirPlay
As mentioned above, all Bose SoundTouch devices are compatible with AirPlay. That means you could play Apple music on Bose SoundTouch speakers via AirPlay feature. Check the below steps to learn how to play Apple music on Bose SoundTouch speakers via AirPlay easily:
1. Go to Settings > AirPlay on your iOS devices.
2. You can see all the devices/speakers connected to your home network.
3. Select the SoundTouch home speaker.
4. Directly play back Apple music on your phone. The Apple music you are playing will be streamed directly from the Apple Music app of iOS devices you own.
Playing Apple music on Bose SoundTouch will be as easy as you usually do. However, the disadvantage is that it is only available in Apple's devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Mac.
And unfortunately, you can only play the Apple Music on the previous version of Bose SoundTouch like Series II via AirPlay. The Series III has removed the AirPlay connection due to some reasons, and there is uncertain that the new generation of SoundTouch will support AirPlay in the future. So if you have Series II, AirPlay is a nice choice to stream Apple Music. If you are not sure whether your Bose SoundTouch devices support AirPlay, you could do as the above steps do to check the result.
Part 4: How to Play Apple Music on Bose SoundTouch via Bluetooth
If your SoundTouch system supports Bluetooth, you can easily play Apple Music songs from smartphones or tablets wirelessly on Bose SoundTouch devices over Bluetooth. The below steps would show you how to add Apple music to Bose SoundTouch speakers over Bluetooth.
1. Open the SoundTouch app and then open "Menu" at the top left corner.
2. Open "Settings > Speaker Settings" successively.
3. Select SoundTouch system to view the system details and then choose Bluetooth and click "PAIR" button.
4. Pair your Bluetooth device to the SoundTouch speaker as you usually pair.
5. Once paired, play Apple music on your iOS devices and the Bluetooth will stream Apple music to SoundTouch system immediately.
Playing Apple music on SoundTouch speakers is as easy as you pair your device to other Android devices.