Apple Music is now available via desktop and laptop computers with the launch of a new web app, bypassing the need to download iTunes to access music found on the platform. The streaming music service is also providing access to more than 100,000 radio stations for Android device users with the latest update of the Apple Music app. Radio station streams were previously only available through iTunes.
Apple has been moving away from its iTunes store and focusing on its Apple Music app and related offerings. The Apple Music web app is a welcome change for those using Chromebooks or devices that run on the Linux operating system. Billboard says that users will be able to sign up for Apple Music through the new web app, which mimics the design of the soon-to-be released Apple Music app in Mac OS Catalina coming this fall.
The Apple Music web app can play music found on your computer as well as playlists from the iCloud Music Library. Apple Music Friends and Beats 1 will be available via the web app in the near future, Apple says.
The Apple Music app for Android update provides hundreds of thousands of live streaming radio stations found on the iHeartRadio, Radio.com and TuneIn platforms with a simple search and discovery feature. The update also adds Chromecast support to the app, allowing listeners to cast their music to Chromecast-connected TV’s and speakers, RouteNote reports.
In July, Apple announced it would add access to live radio stations for users of its iPhones, iPad and HomePods via Siri Live Radio, which will roll out with the fall iOS 13 update.
Prior to these updates, Apple Music has only offered Beats 1 radio and a limited number of AM/FM radio stations streamed from select countries.