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

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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 playapplemusic.com, 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
 

skoops

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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".
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
 

KazKam

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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.
 

Iconoclysm

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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"
You are aware of an application called iTunes, right?
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True, it does work on PCs, but this does mean that I can finally listen to Apple Music on my chromebook.
Doesn't chromebook also run Android apps?
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iTunes is a mess
Yet it plays music on your PC.
 

Spoon!

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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.
 
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zea

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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.
Not too sure they will care. This site uses the official Apple Music API and all the features are officially supported https://developer.apple.com/documentation/applemusicapi

And heavy utilization of this: https://developer.apple.com/documentation/musickitjs