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How to Install iTunes on Chromebook (Easy Guide)

How to Install iTunes on Chromebook

Learn how to install iTunes on a Chromebook if you have a Chromebook and most of your music or preferences are kept in an iTunes library. It isn’t a Chrome OS native option. Simply said, Apple doesn’t provide an iTunes version for the system. 

The good news is that you can use a Linux-powered version of the Windows iTunes program as a workaround with a little effort. Here is what to do:

Before attempting to install it on a Chromebook, you’ll need to create an iTunes account if you don’t already have one.


Enable Linux support

To begin with, check sure Linux has room on your Chromebook.

Step 1: To begin, go to Quick Settings in the icon tray located in the bottom-right corner of the home screen. Select the Advanced option in the pop-up box.

Step 2: Locate and choose the Developers category.

Step 3: To install Linux, choose Turn On and follow the on-screen instructions. We have a comprehensive tutorial on installing Linux on a Chromebook with all the information you need, so we strongly advise reading it before continuing since we are aware that some people may find this to be a little challenging.

The username you choose should be carefully noted since it will subsequently play a significant role in file paths.

Step 4: Verify that Linux is completely upgraded. If there isn’t a specific update option, you may always open your Linux terminal and do the following:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

The update will then begin.

Enable 32-bit support with Wine

Your Chromebook has Linux, but it’s not quite ready for the iTunes app yet. To start, you must install a highly special update that enables compatibility with 32-bit applications. It will just need a little more copying and pasting, so don’t worry.

Step 1: Open your Linux terminal if you haven’t already, and get ready to type some commands:

sudo apt-get install wine

and then pasting in:

sudo dpkg –add-architecture i386

for the Wine installation to be finished. Always keep an eye out for any problems that can need you to carefully copy and paste the command again, paying close attention to every character.

Step 2: To make space for iTunes, Wine may now be updated to a 32-bit version. Once again, you must copy, paste, and run two crucial instructions. The initial is:

sudo apt update

paste in once that command has been executed:

sudo apt-get install wine32

You should now be prepared to go.


Launch iTunes setup

Step 1: Now that you’re working with 32-bit support, you’ll want to upgrade Wine once more. Copy and execute the following command once again:

sudo apt update

Step 2: Because you need to replace “username” with the real Linux username that you supplied during setup, it might be challenging to paste the following command right into the terminal. You may wish to paste the line first, then, before copying it again, manually type in your username:

WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/username/.wine32/ wine iTunesSetup.exe

Step 3: You’ll likely see a pop-up asking you to confirm features that are necessary for installing iTunes. Do so, then wait for iTunes to complete installing. When the task is finished, a pop-up message saying “Congratulations!” should appear.


Set the iTunes file path

You may now access iTunes on your Chromebook by clicking on its icon in the app window. But wait a while before launching it! The file path that iTunes downloaded with isn’t exactly accurate, so unless you switch it to the proper, Wine/Linux-friendly version, your Chromebook won’t be able to find the software.

Step 1: Locate your new iTunes file first. Navigate to Linux Files in My Files. Now pick the Three-Dot icon located in the window’s upper right corner. To make sure you can browse properly, go to Show Hidden Files and choose this.

Step 2: You should see the option to choose your Local folder under the Linux files menu on the left. Then choose Share > Applications > Wine > Programs > iTunes after choosing it.

Step 3: Select Open With Text from the context menu when you right-click on the iTunes file.

Step 4: Find line three of the text file, which starts with “Exec” and displays a file location. You need to change this file path alone, leaving the rest of the text file alone. Replace it with the following line, replacing “username” once again with your actual Linux username:

Exec=env WINEPREFIX=”/home/username/.wine32″ wine “/home/username/.wine32/drive_c/Program Files/iTunes/iTunes.exe”

When finished, save and close the document.


Open iTunes and log in

Okay, you should be done at this point. To get started, open your app launcher and choose iTunes. You should be able to use iTunes normally after you sign in using your Apple credentials. Keep in mind that you’ll need to update things as time goes on to ensure that this simple workaround continues to operate.

Final thought

If you have an Apple Music subscription but don’t have an iTunes library, you’re in luck! The fact that Apple Music supports Android natively makes things much simpler.

Simply go to the Google Play store, find the Apple Music app and download it. You may also access Apple Music’s online app if you don’t want to download separate software to achieve the same goal.