This article will help you gain access to your iTunes library on your Chromebook.
You’ve built a music library on iTunes already. You bought a Chromebook and discovered (… probably with much frustration) that you can’t install iTunes on Chromebook.
Don’t worry. Your iTunes music library is still accessible from your Chrome OS device. Let’s take a look at how you can set this up on your Chromebook…
Add iTunes Library to Chromebook from a Desktop or Laptop
The primary way to access your iTunes library on Chromebook (and other devices you own) is to upload your music from a Windows Computer or Mac.
On a computer that already has your iTunes music:
- Go to Google Play Music website
- Click on the hamburger menu icon
- Click “Upload Music”
- From here, you can either drag songs to the website or click “SELECT FROM YOUR COMPUTER”
- The upload process may take some time, especially with slower connections. Also, be aware that a large library could be costly depending upon your data limits
For Windows, the default location for your music library is
c:\Users\[your login]\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music
For Mac, the default location for your music library is
On your Chromebook:
- Add the Google Play Music app, if it’s not already added
- Activate Google Play Music, if it’s not already activated
- Enjoy your music…
Install iTunes Library on Chromebook through Wine and Linux VMs
Here’s an iTunes for Chromebook hack that may work. If you really wanted to put iTunes on Chromebook, you could try Wine inside of Linux, but read the disclaimer below before you do.
Disclaimer: I have not attempted this method. There are several layers of compatibility concerns. Adding Linux to your Chromebook can add some security issues. This method would probably be resource heavy, so it’s less likely to work on older models. This method is only for the adventurous.
- Install Linux on your Chromebook. I’m working on a guide to install Linux on Chromebook and will update this post with a link when I finish. Until then, a Google search will help.
- In your Linux installation, install PlayOnLinux (or Wine)
- Open the PlayOnLinux app
- Click install and search for iTunes
- Select the iTunes version
- The PlayOnLinux installation wizard will guide you through the iTunes installation
To us, this method requires too much energy and has too many potential issues. We’d rather use Google Play Music to access our iTunes library on Chromebook.
To each their own…
When will we get the real iTunes for Chromebook?
Unfortunately, we wouldn’t expect this to happen anytime soon. Apple’s business model relies heavily on a closed, proprietary ecosystem. Opening their software to other platforms requires a lot of internal resources to maintain their ecosystem.
“Then why is there iTunes on Windows?”
There is a much larger market of Windows users that would benefit from having iTunes. Many people working 9-5 could now listen to music in their iTunes library to help with slower times (, and would pay to expand that library).
Apple at some point believed that iTunes on Windows would make more money than it cost, and they were probably right.
Should I convert to Google’s Ecosystem?
This isn’t really an easy question to answer. We, personally, prefer Google’s ecosystem because it focuses on openness and sharing.
This also leaves it open to more malicious players. We’ve been involved in computers and IT for more than 20 years, so we can smell activity with a bad scent. That may not be the same for all users.
The openness allows more peering eyes to discover exploits, but Google has done a lot to combat these problems, especially with Chromebooks. You can read why Chromebooks don’t need antivirus software.
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