Can I Install iTunes on a Chromebook?

Another question asked by new Chromebook owners. Can I use iTunes on my Chromebook? How do I install iTunes on Chrome OS? Short answer? NO. Long answer? Nooooooooooooooooooooo (saw that on a Verge article, cool uh?)

Your Chromebook cannot run traditional software. Chrome OS runs web apps and packaged apps. So you cannot use iTunes but there are other ways of playing music. Hundreds of them.

Note: iTunes is a brilliant app and eco system. All I am trying to do here is, suggest some alternatives, so that you will enjoy your Chromebook a little more.


Chrome OS Music Player

Chrome OS Files app has a music player that can play songs that you have downloaded or copied to your Chromebook. The following media file types are supported.

  • .3gp
  • .avi
  • .mov
  • .mp4
  • .m4v
  • .m4a
  • .mp3
  • .ogv
  • .ogm
  • .ogg
  • .oga
  • .webm
  • .wav

These files can be opened from the Files app (not from the browser) and the inbuilt media player will open up to play your file.

Google Music

Google Music is Google’s iTunes, just that it runs mostly from your browser, streaming music to your computers and phones. You can consider Google Play Music if you are interested in switching camps 🙂

There is a workaround to access your iTunes library from a Chromebook. Read here.

You can remotely access your Windows PC or Macbook using Chrome’s remote desktop feature and connect iTunes from there too.

Other Cloud Music Services

There are dozens of free and paid music streaming and online radio services available on the web. Spotify and Pandora are couple of examples. But I am sure you guys don’t need someone telling you about these services, thanks to their popularity.

Hope I answered the question for you! More Chromebook questions and answers here.

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • The MAZZTer 20/06/2013, 10:21 pm

    IIRC Chrome OS has or is going to have MTP support so any Android phone can plug in and you can transfer files including music (by hand, though).

    AFAIK Apple uses some dumb proprietary thing so it wouldn’t surprise me if iPhones/iPods/iPads don’t work. But they might, I dunno.

    • The MAZZTer 20/06/2013, 10:23 pm

      wtf why did my comment do that thing it did. Oh well.

    • Dinsan Francis 21/06/2013, 8:20 am

      They are working on something with iTunes library… dunno what it is though!