Astell&Kern Preloading APK Apps Onto New DAPs

Astell&Kern DAP on table with Black Dragon Cable

Take the Hassle out of AK APK APPS

So if you've recently acquired the new SP2000T Music Player from Astell&Kern you might have noticed something new under the 'Services' menu. Particularly, the inclusion of pre-installed APK applications under the streaming section. Previously, A&K owners would have to either 1) use the pre-installed streaming apps included on the music players or 2) side-load your own APK applications onto the device manually. Both of these options have their frustrations, the first being that the pre-installed AK streaming apps would not allow for offline downloading to the DAP. Streaming services worked fine otherwise after logging into your account and accessing your library of digital music, but there was no option to download your music directly to the device. The second option of side-loading your apps manually involved the hassle of tracking down the latest stable version of the application, manually updating the app each time a newer version came out, and the included risk of damaging your device if you were to install a package from a non-reputable source. For this very reason Astell&Kern would post the following disclaimer:


The source of apps that are listed above are unknown and not provided by Astell&Kern. Please be aware that if any app is installed, the device may be damaged and personal data compromised. If you install an app from an unknown source, despite the warning, Astell&Kern is not responsible for any damages to the device and data resulting from the application's installation. Downloading and installing such applications may limit the scope of after-sales services provided by Astell&Kern. Installation of any application is under the discretion of the user.

Astell&Kern DAPs

It's basically a CYA policy. The internet is rampant with malicious material and unless you're well-versed in android OS and how to install APK apps. But now you don't have to worry about that nonsense!

Pre-installed APK

The largest benefit in have these applications pre-installed is the convenience and time-saving of not having to search the internet for the apps you want, download them, have to unpack the data, plug in your music player to your computer, transfer the data to the DAP, unplug the DAP, and set up the app on the music player. It just gets complicated. Now it's already there; you just have to select it to download automatically and you set it up. That's really all there is to it.

When going into your new Astell&Kern DAP music player, like the SP2000T, you'll find the [re-installed APK apps in the following location:

  • Select the "A" to get into the main menu of the music player
  • Select "Services"
  • You'll see the pre-installed apps below the divider (with the app version listed)
  • Click once to install the app
  • Once installed, click again to open the app
  • Login using your credentials
AK Main screen
AK Menu screen
AK Streaming screen

Lingering Questions

Now, all this is good and well, but we have some lingering questions to be answered about the new pre-installed applications. The first of these is whether or not Astell&Kern will be automatically updating the applications to the latest stable versions with future firmware or software updates. Our guess is that they will, but this is not officially confirmed at this time. Secondly, keep in mind that Astell&Kern are only pre-installing certain select music streaming apps. If your particular service or app is not there, then you'll still have to manually download and install the APK application. To learn more about downloading and installing APK applications to your Astell&Kern music player, check out our blog post:

Astell&Kern Players Support Android Based (APK) Streaming

Various AstellnKern devices now support Android based (APK) streaming apps through their Open APP service.

We'll keep you updated if this feature comes to other Astell&Kern DAP Music players in the future. If you have any questions about APK applications and Astell&Kern music players, feel free to leave a comment below. Happy listening!

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