Facts That Nobody Told You About MusicKit in iOS development

October 08, 2021 Publish By : EXPERT APP DEVS 3 min read Viewed By : 651
musickit in ios app development

MusicKit is used to play Apple music and local music libraries from apps or websites.
Users provide permission to access a music account. It will use your app to create a playlist and add songs to the library.
If users do not use apple music then you can offer a trial membership within the app.


Apple Music API

  • Apple Music API is used to retrieve information like albums, artists, songs, music videos, playlists, rating charts, apple music stations, and users' most recently played content.
  • You can also create and modify a playlist using apple music API.
  • In your app use a music kit with apple music API, a web service used to access information about apple music items.
  • You can built a music app more easily using a music kit
  • If you need to communicate with the apple music service then visit Certificate, Identifier, and profile to create a media identifier and private key to sign your developer tokens.

Overview MusicKit

  • MusicKit provides a model layer that will use for accessing music items in swift.
  • Also, this framework provides playback support and add music to your app
  • It provides some user interface-related elements like display images that correspond to artwork for music items.
  • Users must provide permission for your app to access the music data.
  • You need to add the NSAppleMusicUsageDescription key in info.Plist and include a description of how you are using the user's media.
  • If NSAppleMusicUsageDescription is not present in info.Plist then the app will terminate while accessing user music.

Creating a music identifier

  • Open Xcode and create a new project. Add bundle identifier which will use to create a music identifier
  • Now open an apple developer account and go to Certificates, Identifiers, & Profiles.
  • After the page is loaded click on the identifier from the left of the page.
  • Now you will see a list of All app IDs associated with your Apple developer account. 
    music identifier
  • Now create a new music identifier. This is created by click on the blue plus button to identifier title
  • Make sure you select the Music IDs option before pressing continue.
    select the Music IDs option
  • Now You will ask for a description and identifier for Music ID. Fill in the details and make sure your identifier should be in this format:- music.<YOUR-BUNDLE-ID>.
    identifier for Music ID
  • Now click on continue and make sure all details are correct, then click on register.

Creating private key

  • In the Certificates, Identifiers, and Profiles page, Click the On Keys tab on the left side of the page.
  • Click on the plus button to create a new key.
    create a new key
  • Enter Key name and select MusicKit from the Below list.
  • Before you click on continue we need to configure this capability.
  • Click On configure and you will see the identifier before you created it. Select the Music ID you created and click on Save.
  • Now you will go to the previous page where you can click finally on Continue.
  • Check everything and make sure all are correct then click on Register.
    download Key ID
  • Click on Download to download your key and save it.
  • Also, Make sure to take a note of your Key ID it will need.

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