Category: Apple Music Tools

How to ask Siri to play Apple Music on HomePod

One of the main uses for Siri on HomePod is to control your Apple Music collection. There are Siri voice commands for accessing content like playlists, genres, moods, liking or disliking songs, playing more music based on something you’ve heard, starting a new radio station, and much more.

Because the list of Siri commands is so extensive, this guide won’t be covering every possible option and genre supported by available through Siri, but it should serve as a good starting point when getting to know what exactly your HomePod can do with your Apple Music library.

Playlists and Library

Your playlists may be the content you’ll interact with most often in Apple Music, and Siri on HomePod can play any Apple Music playlist you’ve made in the past on an iOS device or Mac. Siri can also play Apple Music’s personally curated mix playlists.

For items in your library, use the “play my” command and Siri will play albums and songs already added to your library. For everything else, Siri will play any songs available on Apple Music, even if they aren’t in your library yet.

  • “Hey Siri, play my Book Time playlist.”
  • “Hey Siri, shuffle my Book Time playlist.”
  • “Hey Siri, add this song to my Book Time playlist.”
  • “Hey Siri, add this to my library.”
  • “Hey Siri, play My New Music Mix.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the A-List Pop playlist.”
  • “Hey Siri, play my music from Sam Smith.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the newest music from Vance Joy.”

Genres, Moods, and Radio

Siri can understand a wide range of commands requesting various musical genres and moods found in Apple Music. You can find some of these moods in Apple Music itself by navigating to the Browse tab, tapping Playlists, then looking through all of the Activities and Moods. You can also request songs based on decades, specific years, and exact dates. We’ve compiled a few examples below to get you started.

  • “Hey Siri, play some recent pop music.”
  • “Hey Siri, play some chill music.”
  • “Hey Siri, play some romantic music.”
  • “Hey Siri, play some music to dance to.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the best songs from the ’90s.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the top 10 songs from 1986.”
  • “Hey Siri, play the top song from April 17, 1992.”
  • “Hey Siri, create a radio station based on The Killers.”

Here are some examples of more keywords that you could enter into the above commands:

  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Lazy
  • Somber
  • Calm
  • Fun
  • Romance
  • Weekend
  • Cooking
  • Party
  • Workout
  • Focus
  • Motivation
  • Bedtime

You’ll also find the same results for essentially every genre, like Country, Alternative, Blues, and others.

General Controls

There are multiple commands you can relay to Siri to control music playback, with some examples below.

  • “Hey Siri, play music.”
  • “Hey Siri, pause.”
  • “Hey Siri, skip this song.”
  • “Hey Siri, skip forward 30 seconds.”
  • “Hey Siri, jump back 10 seconds.”
  • “Hey Siri, previous track.”
  • “Hey Siri, raise/lower the volume.”
  • “Hey Siri, increase the volume to 50 percent.”
  • “Hey Siri, turn on repeat.”

Other Commands

  • “Hey Siri, play Party in the USA.”
  • “Hey Siri, I like/dislike this.”
  • “Hey Siri, what song is this?”
  • “Hey Siri, what was the last song called?”
  • “Hey Siri, who sings this?”
  • “Hey Siri, who is the drummer in this?”
  • “Hey Siri, what year is this song from?”
  • “Hey Siri, how many songs are on this album?”
  • “Hey Siri, play more like this.”
  • “Hey Siri, after this play Rolling in the Deep.”
  • “Hey Siri, play some Florence and the Machine.”
  • “Hey Siri, tell me more about this artist.”
  • “Hey Siri, I want to hear the live version of this song.”

If you ever want to revisit the playlists and radio stations that Siri creates for you through voice commands on HomePod, head over to the For You tab in Apple Music. If you scroll down a bit, you should see “Recently Played” filled with the content that Siri played on HomePod.

Source from https://www.macrumors.com/how-to/siri-apple-music-playlists-homepod/

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How to copy Apple Music to Sony Walkman

If you are a streaming music fan and Apple Music’s subscribers, you may think about copying your Apple Music to this and that music player like Sony Walkman.

Apple Music to Sony Walkman

How to transfer Apple Music to Walkman Player?

You know that what you purchased from iTunes Store are DRM protected, the subscribed Apple Music has no exception. When you subscribe the service, you can play and listen to and download them, but you can’t transfer the music file directly. And they are incompatible with MP3 players as well.

If you want to transfer Apple Music to Walkman and other MP3 player, Apple Music to MP3 conversion is necessary and needed.

Macsome iTunes Music Converter is the Apple Music to Walkman Converter, which helps you to convert your Apple Music files to MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV files compatible with Sony Walkman players.

Follow the next tutorial, you will know how to convert Apple Music to MP3 format and transfer to Sony Walkman MP3 Player easily and quickly.

Step 1, free download the latest version of iTunes Music Converter, install and run it.

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Please make sure that you have downloaded the Apple Music files you want to convert and they can work normally on your iTunes.

Step 2. Click “+” to import the downloaded Apple Music files.

Add downloaded Apple Music songs

Step 3. Click the setting icon to set the output format and output folder. If it is necessary, you can also reset the related audio parameters.

Preferences output Settings

Now the output formats include MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV, you can just to choose a suitable one and set the other parameters according to your need.

Step 4. Click the “CONVERT” button to start your iTunes music converting.

Converting Apple Music songs to MP3

Step 5. After the conversion, you can connect your Sony Walkman MP3 player to the computer using a USB cable.

Step 6. Drag and drop the converted MP3 files from the computer to the Sony Walkman player.

Step 7. After finishing the transfer, you can disconnect your USB cable, and now you can play your Apple Music files on Walkman freely.

 

How to Transfer iTunes Playlists to Huawei Mate 10

Play iTunes Playlist on Huawei Mate 10

If you are a new Huawei Mate 10 user from Apple iPhone, and want to copy the music files or playlists from the primary iTunes library of iPhone to your new Android phone – Huawei Mate 10, you may download Apple Music for Android, but you can’t transfer all the large amount of files, even you have some rent movies, purchased Audiobook files and so on.

So if you want to know how to transfer the playlist to your new Huawei Mate 10 and avoid the above problems, just follow the next tips which will show you step-by-step guide.

Method 1: Find the iTunes Media Folder and then copy

You know that if you can find the iTunes Media Folder, you can find all the saved and downloaded music and video files.

First launch iTunes on computer and click Edit > Preferences > Advanced > select “Copy files to iTunes media folder when adding to library” selection to make iTunes music, playlists, and videos will be saved automatically to computer. And you can find the default iTunes media folder on PC according to operating systems: Windows 7/8/10: C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\

Second, connect Huawei Mate 10 to PC via a USB cable and open the iTunes Media Folder to choose the iTunes playlist you want to transfer to your phone and then copy them to your new Huawei Mate 10.

Play iTunes Playlist on Huawei Mate 10

After the transferring, you may find that you can’t copy all the files to Huawei Mate 10. Some DRM protected M4P files and downloaded Apple Music files, you can find them in the folder, however you can’t transfer them or you can’t open them on your Mate 10? Why?

These files are with DRM protected, you can play them normally unless you can remove DRM fron the protected Audio files, and then copy and transfer them to your Huawei Mate 10.

Don’t worry, continue reading below. In the following method, we will show you how to remove DRM from protected iTunes M4P and Apple Music songs with the help of Macsome iTunes Converter.

Method 2: Remove DRM from iTunes M4P and transfer to Huawei Mate 10

To deal with the problem well, you need to free download Macsome iTunes Converter at first. With the iTunes Audio Converter, just “Add – Set – Convert” three steps, you can complete the DRM removing and M4P to MP3 conversion with fast conversion speed and excellent output quality.

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Step 2. Follow the instruction to install and run it, and click “+” button, and choose the music files you want to convert, and then click “OK”. Not you have added the downloaded Apple Music files to the program.

Please make sure that you have downloaded the Apple Music files you want to convert and they can work normally on your iTunes.

Add downloaded Apple Music songs

Step 3. Click the setting icon to choose the output format or output folder.

Here are four choices including MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV for you to choose. Here we choose MP3 as the output format

Preferences output Settings

Step 4. Click the “CONVERT” button to start your iTunes music converting.

Converting M4P to MP3

After the conversion, you can go to the output folder to find the converted music files and then transfer them to your Huawei Mate 10 as you like.

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Super fast way to convert AAX to M4A on Mac

Audiobook and podcast files, which also contain metadata including chapter markers, images, and hyperlinks, can use the extension .m4a, but more commonly use the .m4b extension. An .m4a audio file cannot “bookmark” (remember the last listening spot), whereas .m4b extension files can.

Some time, you need to convert AAX to M4A and remove DRM so as to play them on most Audio Player and devices.

The latest version of Macsome iTunes Audio Converter now supports Audiobook fast conversion, if you have a 25h Audiobook file, you only need 30s to finish the Audiobook conversion, including converting AAX to unprotected M4A with super fast speed.

How to convert AAX to M4A with iTunes Music Converter.

First of all, free download the latest version of iTunes Music Converter, and follow the instruction to install and launch it.

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Step 1. Click Add button to import the AAX files from iBook library of iTunes.

Macsome iTunes Converter supports not only converting Audiobooks to MP3 or M4A format, you can also use it to convert downloaded Apple Music files, purchased Music files and so on to MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV format as you like.

Step 2. Click the setting icon to set the output format and output folder.

If you are converting the general music files, here are four output audio formats for users to choose. But now if you want to convert AAX files, there will no output formats options for you to choose, M4A is the default output format. We are try every best to make it support more audio formats in the future.

Convert AAX to M4A

Step 3. Click CONVERT button to start AAX to M4A conversion.

Converting AA to MP3

All the conversion will be finished quickly. And then users can play the MP3 Audiobook on any Audio Player as you like.

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How to Stream Apple Music to Amazon Echo

Generally speaking, if users want to use Alexa voice control to control Amazon Echo to play Apple Music, this is impossible and unrealizable, you know that Apple Music is not the built-in App of Amazon Echo. If you want to play Apple Music on Amazon Echo with your iPhone or other device which supports Apple Music App, just follow the Method 1. Or else, if you want to upload Apple Music to Amazon so as to use lexa voice control to play the music files, follow the Method 2.

Method 1: Stream Apple Music on Amazon Echo via Bluetooth

Yes, this method is very simple, what you need is just one setting steps. However this needs your devices which supports Apple Music playing working as well.

In the next example, we take iPhone setting as an example.

Click Settings icon > tap on Bluetooth. Then you will see Amazon Echo device after searching and just pair it with iPhone.

Open Bluetooth on iPhone

Method 2: Upload your downloaded Apple Music to Amazon so as to play them directly

Apple Music supports streaming music like Amazon Music Unlimited, which are DRM protected. That is to say, you can’t freely transfer them to other audio players even you have “downloaded” for playing offline

Similarly, you can’t upload these downloaded Apple Music songs to Amazon as well. If you can remove the annoying DRM, and then you can upload them to Amazon without limitation any longer.

Macsome iTunes Converter is the tool which you are looking for. It supports an ideal solution for converting protected iTunes Audio files, including downloaded Apple Music files, and purchased music and Audiobooks from Audible.com and so on.

First of all, free download the Apple Music files you want.

Open your iTunes, and find your whole Apple Music category. And then select the Apple Music files, click “…” to add them to “Playlist”. After this, you can choose the Playlist and click the cloud icon to download it to play offline.

Second, free download the latest version of Macsome Apple Music Converter, install and run it.

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Third, when you click “+” button, all the music files including the downloaded Apple Music files will be listed, now select them and click “OK”, and all the music files has been added. Batch conversion is also supported.

Add downloaded Apple Music songs

Forth, after you add these music files, now you can click the setting icon to set the output format and output folder. Here are MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV for kinds of users.

Preferences output Settings

Fifth, you can click “CONVERT” button and start conversion.

Converting Apple Music songs to MP3

Upload the Converted Apple Music Songs to Amazon

After the conversion, you can upload the converted Apple Music songs to My Music on Amazon from your computer. And then you can control the music playing via your Alexa device.

Amazon.inc supports free users up to 250 songs storage to My Music.

Now Run Amazon Music app on your PC or Mac and log in your ID, then drag and drop files from your computer into the Upload selection in the right sidebar under Actions.

Upload Apple Music to Amazon music

And then Select My Music > Songs > choose Offline filter in the right navigation sidebar and click the upload icon to choose the converted Apple Music files or folder to upload. And now you can start uploading.

Upload music to Amazon

After the above steps, you can use Alexa to play these songs on your Amazon Echo and so on.

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