How to Add Apple Music to NIVIDA SHEILD TV

Updated by Adam Gorden on Jan 5, 2023 2:53 PM

"When will Apple Music be available to Android TV devices? The Nvidia Shield TV has ATMOS capabilities. So I want to know if I can use Apple Music on the Shield."

In 2021, The NVIDIA SHIELD TV is still one of the best Android TV boxes included in most top TV box lists. As a full-featured streaming box, NVIDIA SHIELD TV runs on the latest Android TV software, supports Google Assistant and 4K Chromecast, as well as almost all the features you will need.

As for the feature for audio, NVIDIA SHIELD TV supports Dolby Audio including Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos. With Apple Music lossless and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atoms support, Apple Music is one of the much-requested features on the NVIDIA SHIELD TV for a long time. However, now SHIELD TV owners still don't have the native Apple Music app on the device. But now we'd like to share some solution to add Apple Music to SHIELD, and it works fine, but there're things to achieve this.

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Part 1. NVIDIA SHIELD - Can I Listen to Apple Music on SHIELD?
Part 2. NVIDIA SHIELD - How to Download Apple Music Files for SHIELD
Part 3. NVIDIA SHIELD - How to Transfer Apple Music Files to SHIELD

Part 1. NVIDIA SHIELD - Can I Listen to Apple Music on SHIELD?

As stated, there's still no native Apple Music app for a SHIELD TV, but Apple Music users can have the benefits to transfer the audio files to it for offline listening. You'll need the audio format files that're supported on SHIELD.

However, Apple Music streaming files, including the Apple Music downloads that Apple Music users have in M4P audio file format, which is not supported on Nvidia SHIELD TV. You can either choose to purchase the AAC version of Apple Music contents from iTunes Store or use a third-party tool to convert all the contents you want to play on SHIELD. You can check this audio file format table to get some detailed information.

  Audio File Format
Apple Music Downloads: DRM-encoded
Apple Music Purchases: AAC
Shield Audio Support: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WAVE, AMR, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, PCM, WMA, WMA-Pro, WMA-Lossless, DD+/DTS (pass-through)
ViWizard Audio Output Support: MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV, FLAC

If you want to add Apple Music to NVIDIA SHIELD TV, the necessary step is to transfer the format of Apple Music to one of the formats above. But how to do it?

Here comes a professional and powerful Apple Music converter - ViWizard Apple Music Converter, which covers a catalog of useful features for converting Apple Music, iTunes songs, and Audible audiobooks. The output audio formats of this audio converter include MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, and other common formats. These audios will be converted with all ID3 tags kept and saved in high quality. So do not worry that your music will be retorted by the conversion. Besides, ViWizard supports converting any type of audio format including those not so widely supported formats.

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Features of ViWizard Apple Music Converter:

  • Listen to Apple Music on any smart TVs
  • Play Apple Music on any unauthorized devices or players
  • Keep Apple Music songs forever even without the subscription
  • Support converting to 6 common audio formats
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Part 2. NVIDIA SHIELD - How to Download Apple Music Files for SHIELD

Mounted with the special design of ViWizard Audio Converter, the converting speed of ViWizard Audio Converter could be accelerated up to 30X faster with high output quality retained, and you will get no quality loss in the case of audible AA or AAX audiobooks. Now you can follow the 3 steps below to learn how to convert Apple Music to Nvidia Shield TV.

Step 1 Launch ViWizard and Add Apple Music

Launch your ViWizard Audio Converter and then click the second + button to import downloaded songs from the Apple Music library. Or you can simply drag and drop the audio tracks from the Apple Music folder to the ViWizard interface.

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Step 2 Set Output Format

Once completed loading, you can click the Format button and choose the output format among MP3, AAC, or FLAC, which are supported by ViWizard and NVIDIA SHIELD TV at the same time.

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Step 3 Convert Apple Music to NVIDIA SHIELD TV

With format selecting done, tap the Convert button and ViWizard will start the conversion process for you. When it is done, you can see all your converted songs by clicking the Converted button.

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Part 3. NVIDIA SHIELD - How to Transfer Apple Music Files to SHIELD

Now with the compatible audio format files with NVIDIA SHEILD TV, there're more options to transfer Apple Music files to the TV.

Option 1: Transfer Apple Music files to NVIDIA SHIELD TV

From a PC, you can access internal and attached storage on your SHIELD TV. Using a USB type-A to type-A cable (not included in the box) you can connect your PC directly to your SHIELD TV:

1. Enable Settings > Device Preferences > Storage > Transfer files to a computer using USB.

2. Once you connect your PC to SHILED TV, you will see your SHIELD TV available under your file manager under "SHIELD Android TV".

Option 2: Use Media Player app to Play Apple Music files on USB

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Or if you have a USB drive, you can choose to play Apple Music files on some media player apps. You just need to transfer the Apple Music files to your USB drive, then insert it to your SHIELD TV. You can then install apps, such as VLC or Music Player for Android TV app to play these Apple Music files.

Music Player for Android TV:

Music Player for Android TV allows you to play music files from internal storage, USB drives, Synology NAS, Google Drive or SAF.

Option 3: Use Google Play Music to Play Apple Music files

Another way to move Apple Music to Nvidia Shield TV is to apply for Google Play Music. First, you need to connect devices to a stable WiFi connection. Install Google Play Music on the computer and Nvidia Shield TV. Then transfer Apple Music to Google Play Music. Launch Google Play Music app on Nvidia Shield and sync those Apple Music songs.

Option 4: Use Plex to Play Apple Music files

PLEX is the most popular media server available. With PLEX on SHIELD TV Pro, you can host and access your own media, such as movies, music or photos, with an available internet connection.

1. You'll need to follow this instruction to upload Apple Music files to Plex Media Server. For starters, you should use a browser to go to to follow the on-screen instruction to set up your Plex Media Server and create a Music Library for the Apple Music files.

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2. With the Plex client, you can access the Apple Music files served from any existing Plex Media Server, which is running on your NVIDIA SHIELD TV.

3. On SHILED, follow the instruction to set up the PLEX client on it, making sure to check the option to "Enable Plex Media Server".

4. Once the client is set up, from a PC, phone or tablet, open the plex web app. Please confirm both the devices must be on the same network, such as your Wi-Fi network.

5. Under servers, look for the new SHILED Android TV server available.

6. In the web browser follow the instructions to complete the setup. Now you can play Apple Music files.

The Final Thoughts

This is all about how to play Apple Music on Nvidia Shield TV. Why not download the free trial ViWizard Audio Converter to have a try now!

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