After PlayStation 5 users spotted hints at possible Apple Music integration, Sony has confirmed the music streaming service will be available on PS5 starting today. Those already subscribed to the platform can log into their account and access 90 million songs, all of which can be played before, during, or after a play session through the PS5 Game Base.
To gain access to the service, you'll first need to download the Apple Music app from the Media space on the PS5 home screen. You'll then follow some instructions to link your account. Once downloaded, look out for the Music icon within the Game Base itself; Apple Music should now be there alongside Spotify. "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."
You can even use Apple Music to view music videos, which can be minimised if you want to return to a PS5 game and the audio will continue to play. And as Erin Metzger, director of product management, notes: PS5 is now the first gaming console to have an integrated Apple Music experience.
What tunes will you be playing first? Share your playlist in the comments below.
That's pretty cool.
Still waiting for YouTube music.
I only use apple music so this is great news!
I’m a Spotify user but this is good for those that subscribe.
I don't have apple music but it will be cool to have ps5 apple arcade integration, even if it's only for cross-save.
Does it support Atmos though?
Nice, but BBC iPlayer when?
@Angelus3K None of the 3rd party apps ever support Atmos. Nor does the PS5 support Atmos at all. It seems you can only use Apple devices or external speakers that support Atmos to get support.
That’s a good thing.
I like the music videos that are available with Apple Music.
Yay!!! Finally something I’ve been asking for since I got my PS4 back in 2014 is now available on my PS5.
I’m only being partially sarcastic. I’m actually really happy about this. Just wish it would have happened on PS4 too back in the day.
This is incredible! Will I be able to turn the music off in a game but keep the sound effects while listening to my own tunes on Apple Music? This will be a literal game-changer. Hot Wheels, No Man's Sky, my god, the possibilities!
I’ll always have love for Apple Music’s UI, but all in all, I prefer Spotify more as it is always helping me discover new music. I’d suggest Apple Music for folks who aren’t really interested in finding new bands / songs (and there’s nothing wrong with that).
Extremely dumb question:
Do I have to pay to use spotify/apple music on my ps4? Does it have podcasts/anything not music?
At least I don’t need to buy a Bluetooth receiver for my sound bar now.
EDIT: Somehow I misread this, I thought it had come to PS4 as well. Guess the Bluetooth receiver goes back on the wishlist; cheaper and of more value than a PS5 anyways.
What a shame. Companies like Apple buy search apps like Shazam so now if you want to find a song you're only going to get the ones Apple want you to find and sell to you.
@lolwhatno Spotify has a free version that plays ads between songs and has some annoying limitations (like - you can't actually play an album from start to end, just shuffled playlists based on selected songs). It does have podcasts too.
Not sure about Apple music (never used it despite owning several Apple devices).
@ShaneReactions Hi there almost certain the PS5 supports Atmos on Blue ray movies. 🙂🙂
@Dobbos For movie passthrough, yes. But for games/apps, no.
@Residentsteven I watch iPlayer all the time because I don't watch scheduled TV. Its also good for watching sport in 4K
@velio84 Apple Music is awesome and it has lossless quality that sounds pretty amazing. When they released lossless music on Apple I spun a few Fleetwood Mac songs on headphones, was not expecting too much. Minutes later I was in tears, it was so vivid and real. Spotify was supposed to launch their own version of lossless (Spotify HiFi) but I don't think it ever came out. Apple Music also has spatial audio (3D sound) which sounds great on headphones and surround systems.
Playlists and suggestions work about the same on both platforms, my problem with Spotify is they are pushing non-music stuff all the time in their apps like audio podcasts and (soon) video podcasts. They are trying to battle Apple by trying to add all this other stuff, to capture marketshare. Apple Music is pure music focused for music fans.
Apple Music has a free 3 month trial, which should work with the PS app, so it's worth trying out and comparing.
That's a surprise, and odd.
I have an Apple Music subscription, but I'd never use it on a console.
Unless, games that have vehicles in them allow you to create custom soundtracks for use in game.
@Integrity it's also pretty good for comedy, although on that front it would be good to get an app for the UKTV channels.
@theheadofabroom if you haven't seen it already I recommend The Planets with Brian Cox before they hide this series behind Britbox.
The video work is as stunning as it is accurate. None of the stupid Star Wars-style depiction of a star field in the background of every shot as if the light from the Sun wouldn't wash out the light from other stars.
@Integrity isn't that a repeat? It feels like I've watched it before, but a couple of years ago
@theheadofabroom it's not new no. I've watched it multplie times because it so well made. The graphics are fantastic in their representation.
It was just a heads up in case you'd not seen it as all the hood stuff is slowly getting paywalled. What about Sherlock? God i LOVE that show!
@velio84 Apple music is great if you're a self-directed music listener and want to build your own library without need of recommendations. I think their algorithms in that respect are rubbish, certainly not as sophisticated as Spotify. They're decent at showcasing new releases by genre, which I appreciate. I use Apple Music because it was a natural transition from my vast iTunes library of burned (and owned) CDs. I don't use Spotify because, well, Apple Music gives me access to everything I could possibly want and at great quality. This new PS5 feature is an incredible bonus to a service I'm already quite satisfied with. But if you're looking for strong recommendations, this ain't it.
This is great and I love that I can watch Music Videos on Apple Music instead of Youtube (with their annoying ads)
@Voltan Okay, thanks for answering me, really appreciate you (usually my dumb questions never get answered so I really appreciate it. Will give it back to you one day)
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