Apple music support

How do I get apple music on audirvana and if there is no way, when will audirvana support it? Apple music now supports lossless and I want to switch from Tidal. Please respond to this message since there seems to be no customer support in sight.




Audirvana is integrated with Tidal, Qobuz, and HighResAudio. It is possible but questionable if they will be integrated with anyone else. If you want to use Apple Music, install the app on an Apple device. I installed it yesterday on iPad Mini 4 and iPhone 11 Pro Max and it works well streaming to my AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt and Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier.

I’m hoping for Apple Music integration as well. Since I have both Apple One And Qobuz. It’s a double sub.

But knowing Apple, I think it’s unlikely that they will allow it.

Anyone who wants Apple integration into Audirvana’s streaming services should contact Apple.
Posting here will achieve nothing.
That said, don’t hold your breath. Apple (along with Spotify and others) are notorious for not ‘sharing’ their shit with any other companies, but for keeping everything ‘in-house’ as much as they can.
Good luck, though, seriously!


There is some support coming in iOS 15, macOS 12 etc for Apple Music integration using the MusicKit framework.

The documentation is still very spotty, but from what I see so far integrating apps are supposed to use a subclass of a built in MusicPlayer for playback, such as this:

I.e. the Apple Music API does not give access to the music stream URL directly, like Qobuz for example. Audirvana would likely want access to the song’s URL to get the bitstream and do its thing to it.

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Which is why I bought Audirvana originally, because it is not Apple. And allowed me to control my own music collection how I choose. As for streaming, newspeak for radio!

Hm it sounds to me like this may be worthless to switch to apple then because tidal on Audirvana sounds better than coming from a phone as a source. I’m not about to buy a streamer just so I can enjoy extra convenience lol. Hell I’m not even sure Apple Music works with most streamers.

Apple Music sounds great using my iPad Mini 4 or iPhone 11 Pro Max with USB to Dragonfly Cobalt or Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier. I use Sony WH-1000XM3, Focal Clear, and Drop + Dan Clark Audio AEON Open X headphones, all with Moon Black Dragon or Silver Dragon headphone cables.

I will not drop Roon, Tidal, or Qobuz for Apple Music, but I may no longer need Audirvana for use when away from home. I have a year to decide.

I’ve been testing Audirvana, Qobuz and Apple Music here.

At first on my daily laptop. A Lenovo running Windows 10.
iTunes sounds dull and bland. It can’t match Audirvana or Qobuz’s own Windows app.
So for me on Windows Qobuz or the combination of Audirvana + Qobuz (WASAPI) definitely win when it comes to sound quality. App wise iTunes, to me at least, seems like a dinosaur. Clunky and slow.

After testing on my Windows laptop. I’ve hooked up my good old 2017 MacBook Air running on macOS 11.4 Big Sur.

Things are a bit different. Sound quality wise Audirvana wins hands down. But I can’t hear a difference between Qobuz or Apple Music when using their respective apps. Apple’s Music app on the Mac is far superior to iTunes.

One of the tracks I’ve been testing with is one of my all-time favorites.

When it comes to my hardware/hifi setup. Nothing fancy at all. My good old Philips FR 966 receiver, a set of RankArena speakers, JVC subwoofer and a Terratec Aureon 7.1 USB external sound card. I love listening to music, but I don’t consider myself an audiophile :slight_smile:

So yeah. For now I’ll stick to Audirvana + Qobuz since I have a yearly sub on both. But if Apple keeps improving that might very well change in the future.