Apple Music is the app that keeps on giving. And now, you can share the app with those nearest and dearest to you. And who doesn’t love being able to access millions of songs with just a few taps of the finger?
Apple Music has become multi-faceted since it was formed from iTunes in 2019. It creates immersive music experiences with features like Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio (to which, along with Apple Lossless Audio Code, Apple upgraded its entire music collection in June of 2021), which preserves the details contained within in an original audio file. The result is some superb-sounding music.
Apple Music isn’t exclusive to Apple products, although you can certainly download (for free) and use it on your iPhone, iPad, CarPlay, Apple Watch, Mac desktop or laptop, Apple TV, HomePod, and HomePod mini. Your non-Mac PC can use it on the PC version of the app. You can also use it with Amazon Alexa-based devices (like the Echo and Echo Dot), on Sonos devices, and on Android devices that are equipped with the Android Apple Music app.
Given its huge span and availability, you’re probably tempted to share your Apple Music with others. While a Family Sharing subscription is available, you actually cannot share Apple Music without this subscription. Let’s talk a little bit more about sharing Apple Music and whether the $14.99 monthly subscription to Family Sharing might be worth it for you.
Can you share Apple Music?
You can share Apple Music – but only with the Family Sharing subscription. This allows you to share with up to six family members for a monthly cost of $14.99. You can opt to cancel it anytime.
So, what all is included with Apple Music subscriptions? Is it worth it for you to get the Family Sharing subscription? And how many devices can share Apple Music? Read on to learn all this and more about sharing the Apple Music app.
What is included with an individual subscription to Apple Music?
When you subscribe to Apple Music, you get a whole slew of features and access to many artists, albums, songs, genres, and even music videos. Here’s what you get:
- Beats 1 Radio for streaming
- Access to radio stations aside from Beats 1
- Playlists you can create
- Mood-themed playlists
- Playlists based on personalized algorithms
- Curated playlists just for you
- Unlimited access to Apple Music songs on demand
- Offline playback for songs
- No-cost Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos
- No-cost Lossless audio on supported devices
- Existing music gets matched to your iTunes catalog and is added to your iCloud Music Library
- Playlist and music syncing for all Apple Music-compatible devices
How do I sign up for Family Sharing?
You can select up to six people to share Apple Music (and a slew of associated services) with. To get started, you will need to:
1. Go to your Home screen, then launch the Music app.
2. Tap the Listen Now tab located at the bottom of the screen.
3. Tap the account button found in the top right corner of the screen.
4. Tap Join Apple Music.
5. Tap the Family Plan.
6. Go to the bottom of the screen an tap on Join Apple Music.
7. Tap Subscribe.
8. Sign in using your Apple ID password.
How do I share Apple Music with Family Sharing?
Ready to share some music with six people closest to you? The Family Sharing subscription is actually pretty affordable when you break it down – $14.99 for up to six people is something affordable for even just one person.
If you’re ready to sign up using your iPhone or iPad, follow these steps:
1. Go to your Home screen, then launch the Settings app.
2. Tap the Apple ID banner located at the top of that screen.
3. Tap Family Sharing.
4. Tap on Invite People. This will also show you a list of current services that will be shared among everyone in the family.
5. Tap on the invite method that you prefer to use and invite your selected contacts.
6. Tap Done.
How do I share Apple Music without Family Sharing?
There is no way to share Apple Music without the Family Sharing subscription. Either you subscribe to the plan or stick to keeping your individual subscription to yourself.
Can two devices share Apple Music?
You can use two spots in your Family Sharing subscription to play music on two different devices of your own. Just sign up for the Family Sharing plan and select the devices you put it on. Just remember, you can only have it on up to six devices at once.
Should I get the Apple One bundle instead?
If you are looking to condense your Apple expenses, consider getting an Apple One bundle. This is available in three tiers: Individual, Family, and Premier. The bundle gives you Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud+ (with 50GB of storage on Individual, 200GB on Family, and 2TB on Premier). Premier also gives you Apple News+ and Apple Fitness+ if they are available in your region.
You can opt for it by:
1. Going to Settings, tapping on your name, then tapping Subscriptions.
2. Tap Apple One.
3. Choose your plan.
If you already subscribe to these services, you don’t need to cancel their subscriptions. Apple will automatically cancel each one when you are billed for Apple One. In other words, you won’t get hit with any redundant charges.
How do I accept a Family invite on Apple Music?
Now, if someone is inviting you to their Family Sharing subscription, you’ll need to accept the invite. Here’s how:
1. Download the Apple Music app from the Apple Store or Google Play onto your device.
2. Open up the email invitation to join Family Sharing (you’ll have to exclusively do it this way if you’re on Android).
3. Tap the link in the email invitation.
4. Go to the “Open with” screen, then tap Apple Music.
5. Tap “Accept”.
6. Sign in using your Apple ID and password.
Apple Music can only be shared if you use the Family Sharing subscription. As unappealing as it might sound, it is considerably more affordable than multiple people in your household signing up individually. And, if you use multiple Apple services, you might want to pay a little extra to get the Apple One bundle.