Apple Music Limits Play to One Device at a Time, Unless You Have a Family Membership

You know how you can watch Netflix on your TV, and another person can watch on another TV, or an iPad? Well, you can’t do any such thing with Apple Music. As Apple says in their documentation:

Note: You can play Apple Music and Radio tracks on only one device at a time unless you have an Apple Music Family Membership, which lets you play music on multiple devices.

In a way, this is fair, but you need to be aware that if you leave music playing on one device, and want to play on another, the first one will stop. Here’s an iTunes dialog when this happens:

Apple music one device

I was listening to music on my Mac, and started playback on my iPhone, which paused the music in iTunes.

Not surprising, but something to be aware of.

4 thoughts on “Apple Music Limits Play to One Device at a Time, Unless You Have a Family Membership

  1. Appears to be kind of a loose restriction cause it didn’t always come up for me. Also when it does come up, you can dismiss the warning and just press play and it keeps playing on both Mac and iOS. Looks like it will bug you again as tracks change on either device.

  2. Appears to be kind of a loose restriction cause it didn’t always come up for me. Also when it does come up, you can dismiss the warning and just press play and it keeps playing on both Mac and iOS. Looks like it will bug you again as tracks change on either device.

  3. Only one device for me. Signed up (with credit card etc.) on my iphone, won’t play on Macbook.

    I have tried signing out on the iphone and quitting the app, switching off etc. But nothing will allow me to play Radio on the macbook. It doesn’t display an error when I click on one of the radio stations, says connecting then just won’t play.

    If I sign in to Music on my macbook it does at least come up with an error on the iphone when trying to play one of the radio stations; quit Music on macbbok and plays fine on the iphone.

    Allows be to play Beats 1 though lol

  4. Only one device for me. Signed up (with credit card etc.) on my iphone, won’t play on Macbook.

    I have tried signing out on the iphone and quitting the app, switching off etc. But nothing will allow me to play Radio on the macbook. It doesn’t display an error when I click on one of the radio stations, says connecting then just won’t play.

    If I sign in to Music on my macbook it does at least come up with an error on the iphone when trying to play one of the radio stations; quit Music on macbbok and plays fine on the iphone.

    Allows be to play Beats 1 though lol

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