Tuesday October 04, 2022

Roku devices now have an Apple Music app

Roku users now have the ability to play videos and songs from Apple Music on their Roku soundbars, streaming players, and TVs. Roku announced Monday that the “app” will be available for download later today. It’s taken Apple’s music service a while to reach one of the most popular smart television platforms. It was eventually ported to Amazon Fire TV in 2019, and has been available on at least one gaming console, the PS5 (though it does not appear to be compatible with Switch or Xbox). Streaming music services on TVs make sense to me, however. If someone has nice speakers, chances are they have a TV connected. Having album art displayed on such large screens is a treat for those of us who see it only in thumbnail form.
Roku spokesperson Sophia Economou informed The Verge via email that Apple Music on Roku will not support lossless or spatial audio. These features are not locked to Apple’s platforms (they are available on the Android Apple Music App), but they don’t seem very common on platforms that can be connected to TVs. They are not mentioned in the PS5 version (Apple Music app). They are supported on the Apple TV 4K. However, that box has some limitations when it comes to lossless files of the highest resolution.
It makes sense considering the variety of hardware Roku apps can run on, and the fact that both features are likely to be wasted on TV speakers. However, anyone with a sound system connected to their Roku device could find it a pain.
Roku users can sign in to the Roku app if they have an Apple Music subscription, or subscribe through the Roku channel shop.

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