You may have noticed a few bricks being removed from Apple’s so-called walled garden – in other words, apps and services that Apple runs are no longer available only on Apple hardware like iPhones, iPad and Mac.
It might not come as a huge surprise at this point: as Apple seeks to make as much revenue as possible from these services, it knows that users are going to want to listen to their Apple Music playlists on Chromebooks, Apple TV + watch without buying a genuine Apple TV, and so on.
While Apple devices still provide the best experience for Apple services, and not all Apple services are accessible on non-Apple hardware, here is what you can do to access these apps on non-Apple devices. This is especially handy if you share Apple subscriptions with family members who don’t exclusively use Apple devices.
Apple’s competitor Spotify had the honor of being the first Apple app to appear on Android, if you don’t count a Beats companion app and an Android-iOS switch. If you are an Apple Music subscriber and have an Android device, you can install Apple Music for Android to get all this kindness continuously.
It’s important to note, however, that you must be an Apple Music subscriber: the app will show tracks you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store and tracks you’ve imported into the Music app on macOS (or iTunes on Windows), but you can’t run the app at all unless you pay for the $ 10 per month subscription.
For now, iTunes’ sprawling media player has morphed into a dedicated music app on macOS, but it’s still available on Windows. That may change soon, but iTunes for Windows (or whatever ends up replacing it) is still the best way to get Apple Music on Windows. You can access all your imported and purchased songs with or without an Apple Music subscription and add streaming on top of it if you need to.
Apple Music on the web is also now available. This is a very useful option if you’re trying to access your playlists from a Chromebook or a computer where you can’t access your music library from a desktop app. You don’t get advanced features like offline sync, but it’s another way to access Apple Music from any computer, Mac, or whatever.
Speaking of Chromebooks, the Android app will work on these laptops if you need offline sync and various other features. The app won’t work on Android TV (or Google TV), but you can use the Android app to Chromecast your songs on any device with Android TV. It’s also worth mentioning that there is no native Apple Music app for tablets or Amazon Fire TV devices, although you can use Apple Music through Alexa.