How to Use Apple Music on Sonos [3 Easy Ways]

Updated by Adam Gorden on Nov 10, 2021 3:57 PM.
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Studies have shown that playing music out loud at home is a great way to enhance most people's daily lives. Now with a simple app, Sonos, the smart home speaker, just made it easier for you to play Apple Music on a room-by-room basis. All you need to do is download the Sonos app and you'll be able to access Apple Music on Sonos audio system with just one tap through mobile devices.

In addition to that, there are 2 additional solutions to use Apple Music on Sonos, even after you cancel the Apple Music subscription. To help you understand better about Apple Music and Sonos, this post will focus on the complete guide of how to set up Apple Music on Sonos speakers, as well as introduce the top 3 popular ways to play Apple Music songs on Sonos.

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Part 1. Add Apple Music to Sonos with Sonos app
Part 2. Play Apple Music through Sonos via AirPlay
Part 3. Listen to Apple Music on Sonos without subscription (Hot)
Part 4. Which method should you choose

Solution 1. Add Apple Music to Sonos with Sonos app

It's extremely easy to set up an Apple Music account on Sonos speaker from iOS, Android phone, or computer. The following guides will show you how to add Apple Music to Sonos on mobile devices and a computer.

Before getting started, make sure you have these things ready:

How to add Apple Music to Sonos with iOS or Android device

Firstly, let's see how to use iOS or Android device to add Apple Music to Sonos speakers.

Step 1. Download and install the Sonos app on your iOS or Android device and open this app.

Step 2. Tap Settings > Services & Voice.

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Step 3. Choose the Add a Service button and add Apple Music from the service list. Then tap Add to Sonos button.

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Step 4. Log into your Apple Music account with your Apple ID and password as required. Then Apple Music will appear in the Browse section of your Sonos app.

How to add Apple Music to Sonos with Mac or PC

The method to use Mac or PC to add Apple Music is similar to the previous one.

Step 1. Open the Sonos app.

Step 2. Tap Select a Music Source > Add Music Services.

Step 3. Choose Apple Music and follow the instruction it offers.

After adding your Apple Music membership to the Sonos app, you've got Apple Music set up on Sonos. Now you can play Apple Music playlist on Sonos speaker system.

In this case, for the Apple Music family plan, each family member must add Apple Music to the Sonos app using their Apple ID to listen to Apple Music through Sonos. You can also set up multiple Apple Music accounts on your Sonos, so everyone's playlists, libraries, and favorites are always on hand.

Apple Music features on Sonos

On Sonos, you can enjoy most of the Apple Music features. Here we list some of them.

For You: Apple Music will provide recommended music based on what you already listened to and loved.

New: Find the perfect playlist for a different activity, and listen to the hits from the Top Charts.

Radio: Hear Beats 1 worldwide and listen to handcrafted stations of various genres and themes.

My Music: You can listen to over 30 million songs in the Apple Music catalog.

All the benefits of iTunes Match: You can stream the music you bought from iTunes and others to your Sonos.

Solution 2. Play Apple Music through Sonos via AirPlay

The support for Apple's AirPlay 2 on Sonos speakers has made it much easier to use Apple Music on Sonos. With AirPlay 2 support, you'll be able to use a Sonos speaker in conjunction with Apple's own HomePod in a multi-room audio setup. Here's how to set everything up on iPhone or iPad and Mac.

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Get Apple Music on Sonos with AirPlay on iPhone or iPad

Firstly, let's see how to use iOS or Android devices to add Apple Music to Sonos speakers.

Step 1. Open Control Center on iPhone or iPad and find the audio card.

Step 2. Tap the AirPlay icon. Choose a Sonos device to play Apple Music

You can also open the Apple Music app. And find the AirPlay icon as well as choose a Sonos device to play Apple Music on Sonos.

Get Apple Music on Sonos with AirPlay on Mac

You can also use a Mac computer to load Apple Music to Sonos with AirPlay. See how to play Apple Music on Sonos in the guide below.

Step 1. Open System Preferences on your Mac and click the Sound option.

Step 2. Go to the Output tab and choose a Sonos product.

Solution 3. Listen to Apple Music on Sonos after unsubscribing

Those above-mentioned solutions only work well during the validity period of Apple Music subscriptions. What if you decide to end your Apple Music membership someday but still access the music library on Sonos? Can it be possible? That's what we are going to discuss in this part.

You should have known that most Apple Music songs are protected in M4P format. Once unsubscribe Apple Music service, all the music catalogs will disappear from your library even if you already downloaded them onto your computer or phone. In order to break the limit, the ultimate solution is to convert Apple Music to an unprotected format.

To convert Apple Music songs, you'll then need a third-party Apple Music converter like ViWizard Audio Converter. As a professional tool in converting Apple Music songs, it can help you easily convert Apple Music to plain MP3, AAC, WAV format with original ID3 tags and quality preserved. After conversion, you can get full ownership of the Apple Music songs and enjoy them on Sonos or any other device even when the subscription expires.

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You can download the free trial version of this smart Apple Music converter and follow the steps below to learn how to convert and stream Apple Music to Sonos.

Step 1Download and add Apple Music songs to ViWizard

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Firstly, open the ViWizard Apple Music Converter on your computer and click the Load iTunes Library button to import the downloaded Apple Music songs from the iTunes library to ViWizard. You can also drag the Apple Music songs directly and drop them to the ViWizard conversion window.

Step 2Set output preferences

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When all the Apple Music songs are added successfully to ViWizard, move to the Format panel and click the MP3 format. Then in the pop-up window, you will be required to select the output format, audio codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate according to your own needs.

Step 3Start to convert Apple Music to Sonos

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Now simply press the Convert button on ViWizard Apple Music Converter and it will start to convert the M4P Apple Music songs to MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, etc. at up to 30X speed. Once the conversion is done, you'll locate the well converted Apple Music songs by clicking the Converted icon at the top center of ViWizard.

Step 4Stream Apple Music on Sonos

Open the Sonos app on your computer. Go to the Manage menu, select the Music Library Settings. Then click "+" on Mac or the Add button on PC. Then import the converted Apple Music songs. Once added, you can freely play the Apple Music tracks on Sonos speakers without limit even if you cancel the music subscription.

Which method should you choose

For the 3 methods to play Apple Music on Sonos, which one is most suitable for you? Which one should you choose for different needs and requirements?

If you want to use the features of Apple Music like For You, Radio, you can use the first method. But if you want smooth playing with 320 Kbps, you can choose to convert Apple Music songs. And with this method, you even do not need an Apple Music subscription.

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