So you’ve got a new iPhone, and you’ve got an Xbox 360 hooked up to your massive television set. It’s a pretty awesome entertainment center you’ve got set up. Now wouldn’t it be nice if you could listen to all your iPhone’s music through your Xbox? Unfortunately, Apple and Microsoft aren’t exactly known for making devices that play well together, and your iPhone and Xbox 360 are no exception. Even with the latest update, your Xbox 360 won’t recognize the music files on your iPhone without some tweaking. Older generation iPods will be readable when plugged in, but if you’ve got a late model iPod touch or iPhone, the process of playing music through your Xbox can be quite tedious.
Luckly, there are a number of different ways to work around this annoying lack of connectivity. Some are easier and more convenient than others, but after trying nearly every method out there, we’ve concluded that the following approach is the best.
Before we begin, you should know that this method is going to put you back $2.99—but we think that’s pretty reasonable, especially because you won’t ever have to plug your phone into your Xbox 360 ever again. The added convenience is well worth the price of admission.
Connect Your iPhone or iPod touch to Your Xbox 360
Step 1: First of all, make sure that both your devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: Enter the App Store on your iPhone or iPod touch.
Step 3: Search for an application called AirMusic.
Step 4: Tap the Purchase button and go through all the necessary steps to install the app.
Step 5: After the install is complete, find the app (probably on the last page of apps) and open it.
Step 6: On the first start up, the app will take a few moments to scan your library. Just click through any necessary ‘continue’ buttons that pop up.
Step 7: Toggle the switch in the upper right hand corner of your screen to ‘On.’
Step 8: Turn on your Xbox 360. In case you’ve never done this before, it’s that big round button on the front.
Step 9: Navigate to the Music tab.
Step 10: Select My Music Apps.
Step 11: Select Music Player.
Step 12: You’ll now be faced with a menu that lists your options of where to pull the media from. Scroll down to the one labeled “AirMusic” at the beginning.
Step 13: You should now see a familiar list of songs listed in alphabetical order. Just choose the song or playlist you’d like to hear, and hit play. Feel free to navigate away from here to play games. The music will continue playing in the background.
This iPhone to Xbox 360 connection guide has been updated since its original publication to reflect recent hardware and software updates.