Apple Music Gets Unofficial Web Player With Full Library, 'For You' Recommendations, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple still doesn't offer a full online web player for Apple Music, but this week software engineer Naveed Golafshani shared a new project on Reddit, allowing Apple Music subscribers to get access to their full library and other Apple Music features on the web. The web player can be found at, and to see your Apple Music library you can click "log in" in the bottom left corner of the screen.


    The player then provides an Apple authentication pop-up, where you'll have to log into your Apple ID and let the web player access Apple Music, media library, and listening activity for your account. Afterwards, you'll be able to see normal Apple Music tabs like Search, Browse, For You, and Library. In Library, you can access your Recently Added items, Artists, Albums, Songs, and Playlists.


    To play a song, simply click on it and the player will update at the bottom with an image of the album, playback controls, and track scrubber. At the bottom right corner are settings for the bitrate, up next, and volume. If you hover over a song, you can also click on the ellipsis icon to select it to play next or play later in your up next queue. On macOS and Safari, keyboard controls for play/pause will also directly control the web player.


    There are a few limitations to the web player, like not being able to specifically customize the order of up next, the Browse tab is pared down, and Radio options don't exist, but otherwise the site is a solid and well-built realization of Apple Music. Additionally, the web player will load with an optimized layout for mobile web.

    Apple was believed to be potentially working on an Apple Music web player over the summer, but as of yet nothing has come to fruition from the company.

    Article Link: Apple Music Gets Unofficial Web Player With Full Library, 'For You' Recommendations, and More
  2. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    So ridiculous that Apple's customers have to craft up some hack to just play music on their PC ― are they taking this music thing seriously? Or is this part of the "Apple tax"
  3. CerebralX macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    From one software developer to another, great work! but I'm still not going to use it. I will not provide my iCloud credentials to a third party like that.

    EDIT Never mind, he is using Apple's authentication services. Good stuff!
  4. AngerDanger, Dec 13, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2018
  5. mattynat macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2017
    I can play (Apple) music on my PC... not sure what you are talking about. Love it or hate it, iTunes plays Apple Music just fine.
  6. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Milwaukee Area
    Apple can’t even fix iTunes Ui, audiobook sorting, or any of its other years-old glitches and problems, much less build a new media player.

  7. eatrains macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2006
    You're aware Apple Music has been supported on PCs since it launched, right?
  8. RizzMusic macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2016
    True, it does work on PCs, but this does mean that I can finally listen to Apple Music on my chromebook.
  9. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    iTunes is a mess
  10. Joe Siegler macrumors regular

    Joe Siegler

    Oct 7, 2011
    Garland, TX
    Nice idea, but I'll pass. If I have to log into something with my Apple credentials, I'll want it to be FROM Apple.

    I know it says he's using Apple's login stuff, but it's still not "from Apple".
  11. ryanmcv macrumors 6502a


    Aug 12, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Cease and desist letter coming from Apple in 3...2...1...
  12. skoops macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    He is not only saying that it is from apple, the authentication service IS ACTUALLY FROM APPLE. You can check this by yourself. No need to take the devs word for it.
    This is a legit authentication service
  13. Zoddino macrumors regular


    Jun 27, 2010
    It looks like Apple Music api finally can be accessed, there's also another music app alternative in beta testing on iOS which is Soor ( which can do nice things on iOS
  14. KazKam macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2011
    I have a sneaking suspicion this site will run into an Apple-backed cease and desist in 5... 4... 3... 2... a few days.

    Not because he's doing anything radically illegal, per se. But because Apple probably does not want a third party web player for its marque streaming service, and they'll probably argue it violates their trade-dress or mis-represents their brand and service... is my suspicion.
  15. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    iTunes is a bloated mess
  16. Iconoclysm macrumors 68020


    May 13, 2010
    Washington, DC
    You are aware of an application called iTunes, right?
    --- Post Merged, Dec 13, 2018 ---
    Doesn't chromebook also run Android apps?
    --- Post Merged, Dec 13, 2018 ---
    Yet it plays music on your PC.
  17. helloplebies macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2018
    We're all very happy for you but some of us have jobs, and at your offices we can't install stuff like iTunes and therefore need web players.
  18. clauzzz203 macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2012
    No security concerns with that :) Not even your entire apple id containing find my iphone locks and credit cards /s
  19. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    You can’t use iTunes?
  20. Spoon! macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2018
    The point of web-based access is you don’t need to install any software to use it. It’s quick and easy accesss to your music. The fact that Apple still doesn’t have a web player is beyond me. They really should be taking the best features of all the streaming services and making them better. Apple has the resources to do amazing things with Apple Music, but for some reason they just won’t. I’ve since switched to Spotify and it’s been a much better experience ... except not being able to sort my radio stations alphabetically is frustrating and it’s something they publicly refuse to do for no logical reason. There’s always got to be at least one annoying thing with all these streaming services.
  21. LordCoe13 macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2014
    Chicago, IL
    At work, I cannot use iTunes as they wont allow us to download it to the computer. This is a great workaround for me!
  22. Salty Pirate macrumors 6502

    Salty Pirate

    Oct 5, 2005
    kansas city
  23. ceriess macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2003
    You guys go ahead and log into that. I have my iPhone. And my computer. And my iPad. And my other iPad. And my HomePod. And my Appletv...

    I'm good. Thanks.
  24. zea macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2014
    Not too sure they will care. This site uses the official Apple Music API and all the features are officially supported

    And heavy utilization of this:
  25. Unity451 macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2011
    See?!! This guy gets it!
  26. Lionel Messi macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2013
    Barcelona, Spain
    One developer made a beautiful web app in about a month while a 1000+ team of world-class developers and 3.5 years in a multi-billion dollar company didn't bother to do anything.

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