Apple Music launches on PS5 today

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Apple Music launches on PS5 today

Subscribers can access a catalog of 90 million songs, playlists from their own library, and curated gaming playlists.

For those of you who love listening to music in addition to playing games, we are pleased to announce that Apple Music is launching on PS5 – the first gaming console to introduce an integrated Apple Music experience, bringing their expansive music catalog to PS5 players globally.

Starting today, PS5 users with an Apple Music subscription can enjoy more than 90 million songs from Apple Music, tens of thousands of curated playlists, music videos in 4K, Apple Music Radio streaming today’s hits, classics, and country live, and personalized playlists based on your music preferences.

PS5 offers seamless integration with the Apple Music streaming service with background music and music video playback, so players can listen before, during, or after their gameplay session.

Background Music Play

PS5 users can either start the Apple Music app before hopping into a game, or during gameplay by pressing the PS button on the DualSense wireless controller to access the Control Center and select the Music Function card.

From there, Apple Music subscribers can find recommendations that match the game they are currently playing, or choose from a playlist in their library or other Apple Music-curated playlists for gaming.

Seamless Music Video Playback

Apple Music subscribers can also find and watch music videos from a wide selection of artists in the Apple Music app. Start by playing the video in full screen; if you decide you want to go back to your gameplay or navigate elsewhere on the PS5’s home screen, the audio from the music video will continue to play. If you want to go back to the music video, it’ll also pick up seamlessly from wherever you are in the song, with no interruption to the music.We hope you enjoy Apple Music on PS5. To get started, PS5 owners can download the Apple Music app from the Media space on PS5, and follow the on-screen instructions to link their Apple Music account. For more information, please visit our website.

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  • Yes please, and thank you! I’m so happy to hear this officially announced! Spotify shouldn’t be the only option out there for stuff like this, and I’m so happy to see that’s no longer the case. This is great news!

    • Also great to see that Apple Music Radio, recommended moods/playlists, etc. are all present in addition to the full library & personal music selections.

      I can imagine having a driving game and putting on Apple Music Radio and having it be like driving around & listening to the radio.

  • So happy for this! Next make the AirPods work and we are gold

    • Betty Woods

    • Don’t AirPods work as long as you get a bluetooth audio adapter (use the case to enter bluetooth pairing mode for the AirPods and then connect with the adapter plugged into the PS5)?

      It sure would be nice if the PS5 provided that without needing an adapter, though (unnecessary cost, complexity, and use of a USB port.) I mean, the Switch eventually added it via software, right? I don’t see why this couldn’t be any different at some point here.

    • From what I understand the adapter are for latency. There is a warning on the Switch when you pair a Bluetooth headset that they my be out of sync.

  • Will Dolby Atmos/Spatial audio be supported?

  • I’m keeping my fingers crossed for DLNA support (a la the PS4 Media Player) one day, but hey this is good too for the folks that use Apple Music. Options are good!

  • That’s awesome for Apple music subscribers!! I’m hoping we also get Google Play/YouTube music as well. Always nice to have more options 😉

  • It sure would be nice if they include Apple Podcasts at some point in the future (or possibly some other separate podcast app), but I can totally understand why it was done this way (it’s a separate app & service and would simply be a separate task to maybe do after this.) Again, I’m thinking about a driving game or something where listening to podcasts can be just as common (if not more so sometimes) as listening to music. This is still great to have Apple Music & why they’d go about this as the focus.

  • Does this Apple Music app include support for your actual own iTunes/music library? I don’t see that specifically mentioned anywhere in the article. On the Google Play Store, the Apple Music app *only* works with an active Apple Music subscription; there is no way to access any music you’ve purchased outright in your library on it. At first glance, this article is sort of making the PS5 app sound the same way…

    • I had the same thought as you, wanting to access my own iTunes music library. The article implies to me that this is for paid subscriptions only for their streaming service, unfortunately. Hope that isn’t the case, but I doubt it.

    • That’s definitely something Apple should address (both on Android & this also, if its the case) since many have a catalog of iTunes Store music that might as well be playable since it’s been paid for (and honestly part of one of their very related services.)

      I was thinking this was a case where iTunes Match and/or Apple Music’s iCloud Music Library would then make any arbitrary audio file accessible across devices (in addition to the Apple Music subscription’s library), but to also then not hav past iTunes Store purchases not available either…? That does seem like a lacking implementation (while not outright unusable… it is disappointing given it seems like something that doesn’t need to be the case.)

      I wonder if it’s a licensing issue where they don’t want to manage authorizing devices that aren’t from Apple… but Windows has its app able to be authorized so these recent 3rd party apps do seem like they’re incomplete implementations.

    • Okay, I’m seeing my “Purchased Music” auto-generated playlist in the app on PS5 and it definitely has music I purchased via iTunes in there.

      However, this is the case as an active Apple Music subscriber. Not sure what would happen for someone that doesn’t have an active subscription & just has previously purchased iTunes Store music.

  • Common sony Win

  • Yes! This a great addition for PS5. Gonna definitely be trying this out today.

  • Ok, so where’s YouTube Music integration as well?

  • When are you guys gonna add discord though?

    • Oh yeah, definitely looking forward to this previously announced (being an investor & everything) addition to become available, too.

    • If I remember correctly Discord integration for PlayStation 5 will come sometime in 2022.

    • like we need another program with a whole new invite list. discord on pc is already a trashfire. it’s just the flavor of the month voip.

  • Very nice… as an Apple and Sony customer I’m looking forward to this!

  • Who took a dump in your cornflakes today? I think you are confusing Xbox with PS5. Every XB game coems to PC DAY ONE! There are TONS of exclusives on Sony products. If a game comes to PC 2-3 years later, who cares. I played it day one on the only place you can do that. a Playstation…

  • No thanks, Apple SUUUUUUUUUUUCKKKKKKKKKKKKS.

  • I think that all games should be playable on any platform capable of running them, day and date. So, yes, that means I think Sony’s games should show up not only on PC, but also on XBOX the day they release. And you know what? If that were the case, I’d still own a Playstation, because I prefer couch gaming, I prefer Sony’s controller, and I would still want to support a company that fosters the development of narrative driven single player AAA games, which I greatly appreciate.

    So often I see you and others on this blog ranting about (among other things) that without exclusives, there would be no reason to own a Playstation. I have just explained why this is not true for me (and, I suspect, many others), but there’s also a huge logical flaw in your argument. If you’re upset about people on other platforms getting to play a game, and want to pretend that it’s because it’s “devaluing the brand” and eliminating any reason to buy in, it would follow that the only reason you own a Playstation is because the exclusives force you to. It doesn’t sound like you have any other reason – or choice – if you are saying you’d bail without those exclusives. So, by extension, wouldn’t that make it a good thing for you if those titles weren’t exclusive? You wouldn’t then be forced into Sony’s walled garden, and could play the games you want on whatever hardware appeals to you the most, right? Furthermore, the increase in sales for Sony would be enormous, giving them a deeper well from which to fund development of more games.

    In this scenario, the biggest winner would be the consumer – more games playable more places is the future we should all want. Also, hardware manufacturers would be forced to innovate to entice people to choose their platform over another, something that Sony is already great at (Dual Sense, PSVR, etc.).

    Also, throwing around a word like “traitor” when talking about video games is absurd and laughable.

  • I’m getting audio clipping issues when playing games with Apple Music in the background. Does not happen with Spotify

  • Has anyone figured out how to switch the music tab in the control centre between Apple Music and Spotify? Currently you can only have one of them there. I have Spotify linked too so Apple Music won’t show up.

  • Been waiting for this for a while now!

  • Cool, now lets get YouTube music support. I don’t want to pay for another service just so I can listen to music while playing a game.

  • Please bring YouTube Music to PlayStation 5. 🙏🏻 I want to take advantage of my YouTube Music subscription on my PlayStation 5.

  • Now do 1440p and ultrawide support pls :)

  • Now can we just get an Apple TV app please.

    • That already exists. They even announced a thing a while back saying you get free months of Apple TV+ when first using the app to help promote it.

  • Maybe YouTube music in the future?

  • More useless and overpriced junk – Apple.

    • Literally only $10 a month buddy. Instead of assuming try looking it up. I pay $20 for a family bundle which comes with apple tv, music, and arcade

    • Literally only Apple, no-buddy. It’s not my fault you like junk.

  • Editor note: please proofread thoroughly. There’s a missing space contained in the final paragraph that contains the link.

  • This is dope to see but why just ps5 only, at least make it accessible for ps4 users as well

  • YouTube music next?👍👍

  • Can’t even download it. An error keeps popping up. Alredy tried restarting and turning off my PS5

  • I wonder if we gonna have a web browser for the PlayStation 5 so we can browse on the internet. Just like the previous console of PlayStation since PS3.

    • I see your Filipino? I am too! To answer your question padae no there is no direct web browser, but if you send a link such as google to a friend you can click the link and get in the browser. They let you half the browser while you are in game and it allows you to see walk through guide on screen. I hope this helped. Enjoy!

  • Sweet!!! Now I can select exactly what I want to hear while playing games! I don’t have a Spotify Sub but I do have Apple Music! definitely creating more playlists on Apple Music now.

    • I found something out about spotify. Lets say you have premium and it expires. Well spotify on your phone will not let you select specific songs or go backwards, but spotify allows you to select specific songs and use the back button eventhough your subscription expired. Enjoy!

  • This is great! But please please pleaseee bring it to PS4? I reallyyy want to use my Apple Music subscription while playing games, and i’ll get a PS5 eventually, but I don’t wanna have to wait til it’s in stock!

  • YouTube Music please

  • PS4 please!!!

    And please make more PS5s. I’ve been trying to buy one for ages but they’re like unicorns, maybe don’t actually exist. I had one in my Amazon cart today but it disappeared. Dang it!

  • i know this is currently unavailable for PS4 but does anyone think it will be at some point? i have a PS5 but cannot always use it

  • I really look forward to trying it out since i just picked up a iphone.i so happen to have the ps5 so why not right lol’

  • i got a question, can we control what we’re playing thru other devices such as pc/mobile device? As we did with spotify where we could choose what was playing thru the app.

  • Is there any chance that this is going to be an added feature to the PS4? Since the PS5 is still hard to come by I’d thought that they would add this support to the PS4 as well. What a shame.

  • Is there any chance Tidal can be added too? Also, for PS4 too. Sony marketing team can’t neglect that system just yet. There are many dedicated gamers who have not had any luck in finding a PS5.

  • Yeeesss finally thank you! Now pls do SoundCloud next. There’s a lot of songs on SoundCloud that’s only available on there and not on other apps. A lot of underground artists are on that platform. Adding SoundCloud on consoles would be another great way to support them!

  • I’m looking forward to this!!!!

  • Nice! Apple Music support was sorely lacking in the previous generation.

  • How much is it exactly? Im guessing you must have apple music already?

  • Where is YouTube Music though? I HATE having to pay another fee on top of PS Plus just to enjoy my favorite tunes while playing a game!

  • Can we get Apple music for PS4

  • Is it coming to ps4 or is it only ps5???

  • I don’t use any apple products. How about support for Qobuz !!! 24-bit lossless support please! Atmos even better!

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