Roku users can now play Apple Music songs and videos on their Roku TVs, streaming players, or soundbars. Roku announced Monday that the “app will be available for download later today.”
Apple’s music service took a while to make its way to one of the most popular smart TV platforms. It was ported to Amazon’s Fire TV in 2019 and has since made its way to at least one gaming console: the PS5 (although it doesn’t appear to support Xbox or Switch). However, in my opinion, streaming music services make a lot of sense on TVs. If someone has a good set of speakers, chances are it’s hooked up to the TV, and having album art displayed on such a big screen is a treat for most of us who usually only see it in thumbnail form.
Unfortunately, Apple Music on Roku won’t support features like lossless or spatial audio “at this time,” Roku spokeswoman Sophia Economou said. the edge in an email. While Apple doesn’t keep these features locked down on its own platforms (they’re available in the Apple Music app on Android), they don’t seem to be very common on platforms meant to connect to TVs. (I couldn’t find any mention of them in the PS5 version of the Apple Music app.) Of course, they are compatible with Apple TV 4K, although that box has certain limits when it comes to the highest resolution lossless files. .
On the one hand, it makes sense, given the wide variety of hardware that Roku’s apps can run on and the fact that both features are likely wasted on TV speakers. But on the other hand, it could definitely be a bummer for anyone who has a sound system connected to their Roku device.
Roku users will be able to sign in to the app if they have an existing Apple Music subscription or subscribe to the service through the Roku channel store.