Apple Needs to Integrate Apple Music into Hi-Fi Audio Devices

I’ve been looking at music streaming audio devices recently. These are hi-fi separates from a number of manufacturers that can stream audio from a number of sources then send them to an amplifier. Here’s the Cambridge Audio CXN, which can stream internet radio stations, as well as offering AirPlay and Bluetooth support, and can stream directly from a hard drive (Amazon.com)

One selling point for this type of device is the inclusion of Spotify Connect, the onboard app that lets users access Spotify from speakers, receivers, TVs, and even cars (my new Toyota Yaris has this).

So where’s Apple? Why aren’t they on every type of audio device? Just as Netflix became ubiquitous through their presence on every electronic device, other than a toaster-fridge, Spotify is achieving the same sort of penetration. If Apple Music were on devices like this, I could see the service being a lot more palatable to people who don’t even own Apple devices.

Of course, for now, Apple probably sees Apple Music as a service for Apple users. They do have an Android app, but only because they wanted to target mobile users. Getting Apple Music on hi-fi devices, TVs, and even cars, could make the service easier to use for many people.

4 thoughts on “Apple Needs to Integrate Apple Music into Hi-Fi Audio Devices

  1. Apple Music is on Sonos. I’ve just started with the Sonos ecosystem; I’ve been using the Squeezebox line for 10+ years for flexible audio streaming, but after Logitech EOL’ed the whole line a few years ago, it’s been slowly shedding functionality, and I decided that I had missed SiriusXM long enough around the house and wanted better access to Apple Music. Cautiously optimistic based on early experiences…

  2. Apple Music is on Sonos. I’ve just started with the Sonos ecosystem; I’ve been using the Squeezebox line for 10+ years for flexible audio streaming, but after Logitech EOL’ed the whole line a few years ago, it’s been slowly shedding functionality, and I decided that I had missed SiriusXM long enough around the house and wanted better access to Apple Music. Cautiously optimistic based on early experiences…

  3. I agree that Apple should refresh its hi-fi oriented offering. I have been researching options around modern audio storage, playback and streaming systems for some time and judge the integrated suite of Apple Music, iTunes and Airplay to present a strong offering. (Currently I am not convinced that we need to strive for greater than CD quality audio file resolution, so these technologies should play strongly.) Yet other streaming services appear to be making considerably easier for product manufacturers to integrate their service; whilst only Apple Music is only available on Sonos. I have also considered just sticking with the Apple ecosystem including Airplay (I’ve synced from my Mac and iOS device for years to a 1st Gen Airport Express which is still going strongly). However having to keep a Mac on and available for multi end point streaming is so old hat. And the number of Airplay speakers on the market appears to have reduced drastically.
    I think that if Apple takes quality consumer audio playback seriously it should strengthen the Airplay appeal for manufacturers and make a more comprehensive Apple Music streaming API available so that hi fi device manufacturers can integrate it easily. Take a look at Roon as an indication of where modern playback control and other functions have got to.

  4. I agree that Apple should refresh its hi-fi oriented offering. I have been researching options around modern audio storage, playback and streaming systems for some time and judge the integrated suite of Apple Music, iTunes and Airplay to present a strong offering. (Currently I am not convinced that we need to strive for greater than CD quality audio file resolution, so these technologies should play strongly.) Yet other streaming services appear to be making considerably easier for product manufacturers to integrate their service; whilst only Apple Music is only available on Sonos. I have also considered just sticking with the Apple ecosystem including Airplay (I’ve synced from my Mac and iOS device for years to a 1st Gen Airport Express which is still going strongly). However having to keep a Mac on and available for multi end point streaming is so old hat. And the number of Airplay speakers on the market appears to have reduced drastically.
    I think that if Apple takes quality consumer audio playback seriously it should strengthen the Airplay appeal for manufacturers and make a more comprehensive Apple Music streaming API available so that hi fi device manufacturers can integrate it easily. Take a look at Roon as an indication of where modern playback control and other functions have got to.

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