How to play music from iPhone to Xbox 360

Xbox 360 being one of the most popular consoles in the world, can be used for more than just playing games. You can watch movies or listen to music on it. There are several through which you can play music on Xbox 360, but none of them is quite as complex as playing iPhone music on Xbox 360.

iPhone’s closed operating system makes it hard to execute tasks on other devices – including listening to music. iPhone music is stored in AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) format which can’t be played on your Xbox. Therefore, to play apple music on Xbox 360, you need to do the following.

1. Download an optional media update from Microsoft’s Xbox Live

This update is free and you only need to install it once. Turn your console on and log in to your Xbox Live profile.

  • Press the center “X” button
  • Select “sign in to profile”
  • Press “A” to sign in
  • Scroll up using the left analog stick and select “Game Market place”
  • Press the “A” button and select “O” from the alphabetical list
  • Choose “Optional media update,” and press “A” to confirm the update
  • Don’t turn off the console during the update!

Once the update is complete, restart your console and sign in. Connect your phone to your Xbox 360 using a USB cable. The phone will be detected as a portable device. When you click on it you will get access to a list of AAC audio files stored in your iPhone. Select one and press “A”.

2. Use AirMusic

This is an app on the app store that lets you play music from iPhone to Xbox one, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Chromecast and any other compatible DLNA device. The app is developed by Plutinosoft and goes for $1.99.

How to use the App

  • Connect the iPod, iPad, or iPhone to the same local network as your Xbox 360
  • Open AirMusic
  • Go to the Xbox system music player and choose your device
  • Once open on the console, it’s now ready to play music from your phone on Xbox 360

However, a few things you must know about the AirMusic app include:

  • It is not compatible with Apple Music
  • It is compatible with iCloud provided the songs have been downloaded on your phone
  • AirMusic works efficiently on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with a minimum of 50MB disk space

The last option involves transferring the music on your iPhone to a PC, change it into a format that can be played on your Xbox, transfer to a portable device that supports the new music format, then connect the device to your Xbox 360 and play your favorite jams.

With these two methods, I’ve been able to connect my iPhone to my Xbox 360 and play music without any issues. You should try them out.

Lastly, for those interested in playing music in the background of a game, here’s how to do it:

  • Plug the sync cable of your portable media device into a USB port on your Xbox 360
  • Start the game and press the Guide button on the controller
  • Go to media
  • Select music
  • Choose the music location
  • Press “Guide” to return to your game
  • The selected music should replace the game’s soundtrack if the game supports custom music.

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