Apple hints at Apple Music for ‘gaming consoles’ after PS5 leak

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Apple Music for gaming consoles
Is a rollout imminent?
Photo: Apple/Sony

Apple’s website has been updating to include a reference to Apple Music for “gaming consoles.” It comes less than a week after the service was first spotted (but unavailable to download) on PlayStation 5.

The reference all but confirms Cupertino is indeed working to bring Apple Music to the latest game systems from Microsoft and Sony, alongside Apple TV, which is already available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X.

Apple Music on its way to consoles

Apple Music first appeared on PS5 last week, when users discovered that it was presented as a music streaming option, alongside Spotify, when setting up a new account. However, attempting to download the app returned an error.

Despite the app not being available yet, it was a sign that Sony was laying the groundwork for an impending Apple Music rollout. And now we have further evidence to suggest that the service is on its way to consoles.

Here’s a snippet from one Apple Music promotional page, which was recently updated (emphasis ours):

You can also listen to Apple Music on many popular streaming devices, smart TVs, and gaming consoles if they support the Apple Music app.

The page doesn’t tell us which consoles will be compatible, or when the Apple Music app will be available on new systems. But it’s likely those that support Apple TV — listed above — will also get Apple Music.

What will Apple Music look like on consoles?

Apple Music on consoles is expected to sport the same interface as existing apps built for the big screen — like Apple TV and smart TV sets. What’s unclear at the moment is whether it will allow background streaming like Spotify.

Background streaming allows players on certain consoles to enjoy music while playing their games. They can start streaming a Spotify playlist, jump into a game, and their music will keep playing.

We’ll find out more when Apple Music expands its reach.

Via: Tom Warren