Plex's Guide: How to Play Apple Music on Plex

Updated by Adam Gorden on Sep 14, 2021 12:15 AM.
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If you are an audiophile who saved a large music collection on your local computer, you may like to access and listen to those favorite songs everywhere and anytime. In this case, an all-round music streaming solution such as Plex is necessary. As a powerful central hub for your media collection, Plex is able to store and stream all your media files including music, movies, and TV shows from any device anytime.

However, it's not as easy as you expect if you want to stream Apple Music to Plex Media Server. Something called DRM is used to encrypt Apple Music from being shared to other platforms without the authorization of Apple Music. But don't worry. Here we are about to show you a workaround on how to easily play Apple Music through Plex Media Server in order to make Apple Music accessible on any device.

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Part 1. Plex: Best Replacement of iTunes for Media
Part 2. Best Method to Stream Apple Music to Plex
Part 3. How to Add Apple music to Plex Media Server

Part 1. Apple Music Plex: Best Replacement of iTunes

Plex is a client-server media player system and software suite comprising two main components including Plex Media Server and Plex Media Player. Since Apple is sunsetting iTunes and establishing three new apps to carry the load going forward, Plex has become the best replacement of iTunes. With Plex Media Server, you can get something better.

As a desktop application running on Windows, macOS, and Linux-compatibles including some types of NAS devices, Plex can serve as a central hub to organize video, audio, and photos from your collections and from online services, enabling users to access and stream various contents on a protable device like tablet or game consoles like Xbox One where Plex is installed.

Part 2. Ultimate Method to Get Apple Music Songs in Plex

You may have already realized that Plex is not able to stream songs from Apple Music directly. But are you awere of the reasons? In fact, the cause that makes Apple Music unaccessible with Plex is Apple's DRM copyright protection. Apple uses this technology and restriction to control the use and distribution of its media contents.

Currently, only Apple approved devices have the privilege to play Apple Music songs. Therefore, if you want to stream Apple Music to other devices via Plex Media Server, the first important key is to get rid of the DRM protection from Apple Music. Now you meet ViWizard Audio Converter, a powerful and easy-to-use DRM removel soultion for Apple Music users.

ViWizard Audio Converter is compatible with Windows and Mac computers which is specialized in converting Apple Music songs to common audio formats, including MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, and M4B. It's able to preserve the origianl ID3 tags and audio quality while stripping off the DRM protection. After conversion, you can freely transfer Apple Music tracks to Plex for playback.

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Key Features of ViWizard Apple Music Converter

  • Support the conversion of Apple Music, iTunes audios, and Audible books
  • Convert Apple Music to FLAC, M4A, M4B, WAV, AAC, and MP3 losslessly
  • Remove the built-in protection from Apple Music, iTunes, and Audible
  • Handle the conversion of audios in batch at the faster speed of 30×
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Note: If you are seeking for solution for converting not only Apple Music, but also iTunes purchased songs, audiobooks, Audible books, and other audio formats, you should turn to ViWizard Audio Converter.

Part 3. How to Listen to Apple Music through Plex

For streaming Apple Music to Plex, you need to download and install ViWizard Audio Converter and Plex Media Server to your computer first. Then you can follow the below steps to convert Apple Music to MP3 and then upload unprotected Apple Music files to Plex for playing.

3.1 Decrypt DRM from Apple Music Songs

Firstly, launch iTunes on your Windows or Music on your Mac. Then find Apple Music tracks you want to convert and download them to your computer drive. Now start your conversion using ViWizard Audio Converter.

Step 1Select Apple Music songs to convert

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Open ViWizard Audio Converter on your computer and go to add music tracks you want to convert. Click the Add icon at the top center to load the songs you saved offline from iTunes or Apple Music and then add them to the conversion list. Also, you can add Apple Music songs to the converter by drag-and-drop.

Step 2Adjust the output audio parameters

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Click the Format panel and then choose any outout audio format supported by Plex Media Server. ViWizard software supports MP3, WAV, AAC, M4A, M4B, and FLAC formats with customization of audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, and channel. In the pop-up window, you can set MP3 as the output format as MP3 is supported by most of devices and platforms.

Step 3Start removing DRM from Apple Music

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Now click on the Convert button to start converting DRM-locked Apple Music songs to DRM-free MP3 format. When the process is done, you can click the history icon to browse the converted Apple Music in the history list. Furthermore, you can click the Search icon to locate the folder where you choose to save those music files.

3.2 Upload Apple Music to Plex Media Server

Once completing the conversion of Apple Music to MP3, you have got all DRM-free Apple Music files. Now you have the rights to upload Apple Music files into Plex Media Server and then stream them through Plex on any device with the Plex app anytime.

Step 1Sign into Plex with your account

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Launch Plex Media Server on your PC or Mac cimputer and then enter your account information to sign into Plex.

Step 2Import Apple Music files to Plex

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Once logged in, click on Add Library > Musi to create a new library for storing those DRM-free Apple Music files in Plex.

Step 3Play Appe Music songs through Plex

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Now simply install the Plex app on any of your devices and start enjoying your favorites songs from Apple Music through Plex.

Conclusion

Deciding where to store your media files is always an important step for your playback on your device. Once iTunes was a magical musical playground that ushered in an exciting new world of digital music, now Plex is the best replacement of iTunes. With the assistance of ViWizard Audio Converter, you can upload Apple Music into Plex for playing anytime.

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