Apple today launched a beta version of Apple Music on the web. This allows subscribers to access music directly from a browser. No need to install iTunes on your Mac or PC or use the individual Apple Music app on your mobile device. All you will need is a browser which will make accessing your music easier. Here is a look at what you can expect from the web-based version.
Apple Music Web Player
If you are a subscriber to Apple Music, launch your favorite browser and head to beta.music.apple.com. Then sign in with your Apple account credentials. The site offers the entire Apple Music catalog as well as tracks you’ve synced to your libraries.
The site looks much like the standalone music app that Apple is launching with macOS Catalina in the coming months. It includes all the basic features. You can search for songs, playlists, artists, etc. On the left-hand panel, you will find the “For You” recommendations, the Browse feature, and Radio. Then control the playback of your music via the control bar at the top.
But even if you don’t have an Apple Music subscription, you get limited access. You can browse through the site to see the artists, songs, and albums that are available. You will also get 30-second previews of songs. Currently, you will see a “Try It Now” button near the bottom. But you can’t sign up for a subscription through the website yet. It also includes an “Install Apple Music” link that opens the Apple Music app depending on the OS you’re using.
Another feature worth noting is that the site will automatically switch between a dark or light theme based on your browser’s theme setting. Remember, this is still in beta so you might experience a few snags along the way. Speaking of beta, another notable missing feature is the Beats 1 live broadcasts, original music videos, and smart playlists.
This move should help Apple with its competition with Spotify. This allows the company to bring its streaming music service to a wider variety of platforms such as Chrome OS and Linux. All without the need for supporting a separate app for each.