Even without a family, you can use Apple Music's Family plan to play your music on multiple devices at once.
If you happen to live in a household where you'd like to be able to listen to Apple Music on multiple devices simultaneously, you can do so by signing up—or switching your Apple Music plan—for a family plan.
I signed up for a Family plan to test Apple Music's family sharing, and in doing so, discovered that I could simultaneously play Beats 1 on my iPhone and my Mac. COOL.
... Okay, so this isn't exactly the most useful tip of all time, but I had a lot of fun blasting my kitchen, office, and basement with Beats 1 all at the same time. There's a little bit of cross-lag—it's not quite the Sonos effect—but still fun.
It's also useful if you live in a house or apartment where you have de-facto devices for certain areas of the house. We have two old iPhones in the kitchen and bathroom for playing music there, and it makes a lot more sense to be able to throw on a playlist without having to log in to our own account, tweak, etc.
To change your subscription to a Family plan:
- Tap on the Account icon in the upper left corner of the Music app (or go to Account > View Account in iTunes)
- Tap on View Apple ID.
- Go to Manage Subscriptions.
- Tap on your Apple Music subscription.
- Change it to the family plan.
To the best of my knowledge, you don't have to turn on Family Sharing in your iCloud preferences to enable multi-device streaming with your Apple Music Family plan.
Hope this helps! Now, back to the Apple Music tip grind.