Music app without subscriptions?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by adamhunteratc, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. adamhunteratc macrumors member


    Apr 30, 2016
    If I have neither Apple Music nor iTunes Match (and therefore no iCloud Music Library), what does the Music app on Apple TV do? Will it still allow me to stream albums purchased via iTunes? Or does it pretty much become useless? Is there any way to sync music to it without having either subscription?
  2. HDFan macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    If your media is on your Mac and in iTunes it allows you to access all of it - music, videos, photos. You can use your pictures as a screensaver. There is no need for an Apple Music subscription.

    But an even better solution is if you have a Plex server on your Mac and you have an Apple TV 4. The plex app will handle everything in your iTunes library, as well as things that iTunes doesn't handle, like blu-ray disks. It is much easier to use. However it doesn't handle slideshows at the present, and won't do a screen saver.

    AppleTV 4 also has infuse, which reportedly does a better job with high resolution audio, such as DTA-MA on blu-ray disks. Not as easy to use as Plex.
  3. roidy macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK

    As far as I know, any music that you've purchased can be streamed on the ATV4 without an Apple music subscription.

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