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How to use iTunes on a Chromebook

There's no real way, but it's easy enough to switch to an alternative.
September 14, 2021
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Chromebooks improve with each passing year, and they’re finally genuine laptop alternatives. They don’t suffer from many tablet limitations, but Chromebooks still have a few quirks. One such drawback is that there’s no way to download iTunes on a Chromebook easily. It’s an unfortunate hurdle to face, and it can pose significant problems for iOS users. Luckily, there’s a workaround.

See also: The best Chromebooks to get- Google, Asus, Lenovo, and more

We’re primarily going to show you how to bring your favorite iTunes songs over to YouTube Music. Google Play Music has gone the way of the dodo, so this is your best bet. You can technically boot your Chromebook running Linux and add iTunes that way, but it’s very complicated for most users.

How to get YouTube Music on a Chromebook

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Once again, there’s no easy way to download iTunes software to your Chromebook. Instead, we’re going to show you how to download YouTube Music and port your music over. You already have a YouTube Music account, thanks to your Google account, so this should be very easy. Here’s what to do:

  1. You can use YouTube music from the official webpage, using Chrome.
  2. If you want a native app and have a Chromebook that supports Android apps, you can also get YouTube Music for Chromebook straight from the Google Play Store.

Now you have YouTube Music installed on your Chromebook, and we can get into the most important steps.

See also: Best Chromebook apps available in the Play Store

How to copy your iTunes library into YouTube Music

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You’ve already installed the correct app to your Chromebook, so now you’ll have to head to whichever Mac or PC you keep your iTunes music on.

  1. Open your browser of choice and head to the YouTube Music website.
  2. Click on your profile image in the top-right corner of the page.
  3. Select Upload music.
  4. Find the iTunes music files and select them.
  5. Click Open to upload your songs.

You may find that it helps to label your iTunes folder very clearly before you upload. This may save you some time in finding your preferred songs and albums.

See also: YouTube Music vs. Spotify: Can Google even compete?

How do you access the iTunes music you’ve uploaded on your Chromebook?

At this point, all of the hard work is done. Your music already calls YouTube Music home, but how do you find it? It won’t be in the main section of your library.

  1. Open your browser of choice and head to the YouTube Music website.
  2. Select the Library tab.
  3. Select Albums, Songs, or Artists.
  4. Hit the YouTube Music drop-down menu and switch it to Uploads.

What if you switched to Apple Music?

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If you’ve ditched iTunes in favor of Apple Music, you can skip all of the steps we’ve talked about above. Apple built a version of its Apple Music app for Android, so you can head to the Play Store and download it. Once it’s installed, open the app and log in. Now you should be able to dig into all of your favorite songs and playlists without any issues.

There’s not much else to it. You can now bring your favorite songs from iTunes over to your Chromebook. We’ll let you know if any of these steps change in the future.