Crossfade Apple Music on iPhone/Android/Windows/Mac [2023 Guide]

By Adam Gorden Updated on July 5, 2023

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Apple Music Crossfade is a feature that allows for a smooth transition between songs by overlapping the end of one track with the beginning of the next. It can create a seamless listening experience without any abrupt pauses between songs. After years of asking for the Crossfade feature, Apple Music users can now enjoy the seamless listening experience with it enabled across devices, - now including iPhone.

The crossfade may be a few years old, but several months ago Apple at last gave the iOS an update users have long requested: Crossfade. This new update means the Ios Music app users will no longer have to use an alternative app, such as Mixonset to enable the songs transition. You can enable it under the Music section in the Settings app, where Apple also offers other settings together with crossfade, such as Sound Check.

Of course, before Apple starts rolling out this crossfade feature as part of the update of iOS 17, Windows, Mac, and Android users can access this feature with ease, and there are third-party tools that did the same thing. Even you prefer the crossfade feature in your favorite music services, such as Spotify, you can use an Apple Music to Spotify converter called ViWizard Audio Converter to do the trick. Because using Crossfade on the beta version of iOS 17 does have some limitations, and may annoy some.

Part 1. How to Crossfade Apple Music on iPhone/Android

For a long time, crossfade has been the much-requested feature on iPhone. Coagulations! Apple Music has finally added the crossfade feature that has existed on the Android version of Apple Music for a while to the iOS Music app. Just ensures your iPhone is updated to the latest version (iOS 17) and crossfade will be available then.


    The following steps for enabling Crossfade assume that you are trying the iOS 17 beta version that includes the Crossfade feature. And the steps may vary slightly after it's offciailly launched.

Enabling Apple Music crossfade on iPhone:

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  1. From the home screen of the iOS device, open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll to General.
  3. Select Software Update.
  4. If available, find and select Download and Install.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the update of iOS 17.
  6. ipados settings music crossfade

  7. After an update, open the Settings app.
  8. Scroll to Music.
  9. Under ADUIO, toggle the switch next to Crossfade to enable this feature.
  10. You should be able to set the crossfade duration to any value between 1s to 12s.

Enabling Apple Music crossfade on Android:

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  1. On Android, open the Apple Music app.
  2. Tap on the vertical 3 dots icon at the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. android apple music crossfade

  5. Scroll to Audio > Crossfade.
  6. If the Crossfade is set to Off, switch to Automatic or Manual.
  7. Automatic will set crossfade length automatically based on what's playing.
  8. If you prefer more control over the crossfade length, select Manual and move the crossfade to the desired duration, which ranges from 1 to 12 seconds. The higher the value, the longer the crossfading effect will be.
  9. Back to the home page of the Apple Music app. You can start playing Apple Music, and hear the differences when transitioning between songs.

Part 2. How to Crossfade Apple Music on Mac/Windows

Apple Music has released the crossfade feature years ago for both Windows or Mac users. You can easily find this feature under Playback Preferences.

Enabling Apple Music crossfade on Mac:

  1. On Mac, open the Music app.
  2. Click on the Music in the Apple menu, and select Preferences.
  3. mac music preferences

  4. Click on the Playback tab.
  5. mac music playback preferences crossfade

  6. Check the box next to Crossfade Songs, and set the crossfade length from 1 to 12 seconds.

Enabling Apple Music crossfade on Windows:

  1. On Windows PC, open the iTunes app.
  2. Click on the Edit button from the top of the iTunes window, and select Preferences from the context menu.
  3. itunes edit preferences

  4. Go to the Playback tab.
  5. Check the box next to Crossfade Songs, and move the crossfade to the desired duration, which ranges from 1 to 12 seconds.
  6. itunes playback preferences crossfade

Part 3. How to Fix Apple Music Crossfade Not Working

Apple Music premium subscribers may listen to or download Apple Music as much as they like. However, because Apple Music files are encrypted, the downloaded Apple Music can only be recognized by the Apple Music app. Is it possible to remove the playback limit of Apple Music? Yes. We'll teach you how to use a sophisticated audio converter to convert Apple Music.

Here we will introduce you ViWizard Audio Converter. ViWizard is a powerful audio converter. It can convert Apple Music, iTunes audio, and Audible audiobooks to MP3, FLAC, and WAV formats, among others. The original audio quality will be preserved after the conversion. You may adjust the speed, sample rate, bit rate, volume, and other parameters to make your audio more fun. Apple Music's info tags will be retained as well, and you will be able to modify the tags.

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Key Features of ViWizard Audio Converter

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  • Convert songs, albums, and playlists from Apple Music to MP3
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  • Save the converted audios with the original quality and ID3 tags
  • Support the conversion of up to 100 audio formats to others

Guide on Bypass the Playing Limit of Apple Music with ViWizard

ViWizard Audio Converter is a great tool to convert Apple Music to MP3. You can play your Apple Music playlists on the device you like when you get Apple Music MP3 files. You can follow the following detailed steps to free your Apple Music. Ensure you have downloaded and installed iTunes and ViWizard on your desktop.

Step 1Import Apple Music Files for Converting Them

Launch ViWizard Audio Converter on your computer. The iTunes app will be launched in a second. To import your Apple Music playlists to ViWizard for conversion, click the Load iTunes Library option. You may also import the local Apple Music files by selecting Add Files. It's available to drag and drop the files into the converter.

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Step 2Configure the Output Format and Audio Parameters

You may now change the output audio specs of your Apple Music by selecting the Format tab. We recommend that you choose MP3 as the output audio format so that it will play well on other devices. To fit your individual needs, you may also adjust the audio quality by altering the codec, channel, sample rate, and bit rate.

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Step 3Free Apple Music Playlists within A Click

When you've selected all of the criteria, click the Convert button in the lower right corner to make ViWizard convert Apple Music right away. After the conversion is complete, click the Converted button at the top to navigate to the converted history and browse all of the converted Apple Music recordings.

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Step 4Crossfade Apple Music Songs with other Apps

You're now able to crossfade these converted Apple Music files with the crossfade settings from other applications, such as the Spotify Music app or the Mixonset for free. Go to your preferences.

Part 4. Alternatives to Crossfade Apple Music with Spotify

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The best part of this ViWizard Audio Converter is that the converted Apple Music files are yours to add to another application, which allows you to crossfade the Apple Music files, such as Spotify.

Along with the exclusives to Spotify Music, the Spotify Local Files feature lets you use the Spotify app to play any other audio files stored on your device, including the Apple Music files uploaded to Spotify in MP3, MP4 and M4A.

Once you upload your Apple Music files to the Spotify app and enable the crossfade setting, Spotify will crossfade between the uploaded Apple Music files that use the same sample rate and channel count (mono/stereo). You can also use the ViWizard Audio to make these 2 format settings compatible with Spotify's crossfade setting.

Transferring Apple Music to Spotify desktop app:

  1. Open the Spotify app on your PC or Mac, click the Profile icon > Settings.
  2. For Windows: From the Windows menu, click the More button > Edit > Preferences.

    For Mac: From the Apple menu, click Spotify > Edit > Preferences.

  3. Scroll to Local Files > Show Local Files.
  4. Switch on the toggle next to "Show Local Files". Spotify will display more options under the Show songs from section.
  5. Under "Show songs from", click the "Add a source" button.
  6. add a source spotify

  7. In the Finder or Files Explorer pop-up, navigate to the music source where all the converted Apple Music files (e.g. .mp3, .mp4, .m4a) are stored on, such as the "Music" folder.
  8. Click the Open button to add the selected folder.
  9. Once added, Spotify will display the source under the existing options. You can choose to add multiple sources.
  10. multi options to added sources

Syncing Apple Music to Spotify mobile app (on Premium only):

  1. On desktop, go to Spotify > Your Library > Local Files.
  2. spotfiy desktop filter playlists local files

  3. On desktop, create a playlist to include the Apple Music songs you want to crossfade on your mobile device. Click on the plus (+) button next to Your Library > Create a new playlist, then drag and drop the songs to the new playlist.
  4. spotify desktop your library create a new playlist

  5. Make sure both the desktop and mobile devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi connection, and the synchronization will start automatically.
  6. On mobile, go to Spotify > Your Library, and download the local files playlist you've created on desktop previously.
  7. You should be able to start listening to the local files in the Spotify web player and enable the crossfade feature for Apple Music.

Crossfading Apple Music with Spotify:

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  1. On desktop, go to Your Library in the side menu.
  2. Under the "Playlists" section, go into Local Files. Now Spotify's crossfade feature is available for both the Apple Music files and Spotify music.
  3. Return to the Settings.
  4. Scroll to Playback > Crossfade songs, and switch on the toggle next to it. This will enable Spotify's Crossfade feature.
  5. Once enabled, you can adjust the duration of the crossfade. Just move the crossfade to the desired duration, which ranges from 1 to 12 seconds.

If you have synced the local files to your mobile device with Premium subscription, you also gain the ability to crossfade them.

  1. On mobile, open the Spotify app.
  2. Go to Settings > Playback > Crossfade, and adjust the length.
  3. Now return to Your Library and play the Apple Music playlist, and enjoy the transition between songs.

Part 5. Alternatives to Crossfade Apple Music with Mixonset

Thanks to a free third-party app called Mixonset, you can make crossfades with it since it's Apple Music compatible. Mixonset use AI to identify where the highlights of each Apple Music song is, and then it will mix the best parts of the songs with smooth transitions.

Even your Apple Music subscription is about to expire, Mixonset can lets you mix tracks from your own library with the converted Apple Music files from ViWizard automatically. This means you can choose to transfer these files from the computer to your mobile directly.

Transferring Apple Music to iPhone/Android:

  1. Use an USB cable to connect either the Android phone or iPhone to the computer device.
  2. Use either Finder or Files Explorer to transfer the converted Apple Music files to the mobile.
  3. Once the transfer is successful, disconnect the mobile from the computer.

Crossfading Apple Music with Mixonset:

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  1. On mobile, go to either Google Play (Android) or App Store (iPhone). Use Search > "Mixonset" > Download to download the latest version of Mixonset app to your device.
  2. From the Home screen, open the Mixonset app.
  3. When you open the Mixonset app, tap the "Apple Music/Local Library" option.
  4. Click Allow to access your Apple Music Library to Mixonset.
  5. Mixonset will load your Apple Music Library (or iTunes Library).
  6. Go into one particular content from Apple Music catalog or iTunes file, e.g. Playlists, Artists, Albums.
  7. Tap on Smart Mix. This will mix the selected track from Apple Music automatically.
  8. You can choose to customize more settings.


After reading this post, you may know how to crossfade on Apple Music. If you are an iPhone/Android/Windows/Mac user, you can find the crossfade under the playback setting in the app with the guides above. To play Apple Music on other devices you like, you can use ViWizard Audio Converter to convert Apple Music to MP3 or other open formats. Then you can transfer the converted Apple Music to other devices without restriction. Why not click the downloading button below to have a try now? You won't be disappointed.

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