How to Access iTunes from a Chromebook

How to access iTunes from a Chromebook

Did you know that you can access your iTunes library to listen to your music collection on your Chromebook? You might not expect Apple’s music program to cooperate with Google’s device, but we’re going to walk you through how to listen to iTunes with the Google Play music application that’s already installed on your Chromebook.

There’s not a native iTunes application that you can use on a Chromebook. Instead, there is Google Play music.  You may be thinking, “Okay, but all my music is in the iTunes app on my Mac or PC.”

Well, here’s the scoop: you can upload your iTunes music to Google Play. Here’s how.

Get the Google Play Music Manager

You’ll do the first step on your Mac, PC, or whatever device your iTunes library lives on.

First, you’ll need to navigate here and get the Google Play Music Manager application. Click on the big orange button that says “Download Music Manager.” You’re going to use this to upload your iTunes library to Google Play Music. This also allows you to access your music from anywhere you have the Google Play Music app installed, such as your mobile device and the Web. (Note: Our screenshots display Windows 10, but the process works similarly on MacOS.)

Google Music Manager

After you’ve downloaded the Google Play Music Manager, install it on your Mac or PC.  Then open the Music Manager and follow these steps to upload your iTunes music collection to Google Play Music.

  1. The Google Play Music Manager prompts you as you go along. Click on the “Next” button in the lower right-hand corner of the Manager.  Google Play Music manager setup
  2. On the next screen in the Google Play Manager setup, you’ll log into your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, create one now. Then log in with your Google credentials.                              Google Account log in
  3. Next, the Google Play Music Manager asks where your music is stored. Since we’re talking about iTunes in this post, select the iTunes option. Then click the “Next” button in the lower right-hand corner of the Music Manager.  Upload iTunes to Google Play Music

Google Play Music will scan your iTunes music library. You’ll be prompted to upload your iTunes music to the Google Play Music app.

Now you can also add the Google Play Music app or extension to your Google Chrome browser, if you wish. This lets you get into your music collection from inside the Google Play app, which should appear in your Google apps under your account in the Chrome browser. You’ll also be able to use the Google Play website to listen to and view your music collection.

On Your Chromebook

After your music has been uploaded from iTunes, it should all be available in the Google Play Music application on your Chromebook.

  • To open Google Play Music, go to the app launcher (the magnifying glass in the lower left-hand corner of your Chromebook).  If you want easier access next time, once you’ve found Google Play Music in the app launcher, just drag and drop it to pin it to the bottom of your Chromebook’s screen.                                          Google Play Music
  • Click (or tap if you have a touch screen) on the Google Play Music icon. It’ll open a mini player, which asks you to log in to Google Play Music from a web browser.                                      Google Play Music Mini
  • Clicking or tapping on “Sign In” will open the Google Chrome browser. Once you sign in, you’ll see all the music you’ve uploaded from iTunes available for your listening pleasure.                                          Google Play music on Chromebook

Install the Google Play Application or Extension

Now, with your iTunes music library uploaded from your Mac or PC, you’re able to listen to all your music from your iTunes library in the Google Play Music application as well.

Your music library will still be accessible from the iTunes app on your Mac or PC–fear not! Now you just have more options for enjoying your music. (Once your music is on Google Play Music, you can even get it working with an Amazon Echo, among other things.)

  1. Open your Google Chrome browser. Next, navigate to the Google web store. Type “Play Music” in the search bar. This will bring up the Google Play Music app.
  2. Download and install the Google Play Music app on your Google Chrome browser on a Mac or PC.  Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 2.50.16 PM
  3. Once you have the Google Play Music app installed in your Chrome browser, you’ll have access to your music anytime, anywhere you use Chrome.

That about covers it… Now you can access your iTunes library from your Chromebook and anywhere you use the Google Chrome browser with the Google Play Music application. We hope this was useful for those of you that needed it and thought your music had become forever tied to the iTunes application.

Posted by Heather on August 18, 2016

4 thoughts on “How to Access iTunes from a Chromebook”

Amit says:
Wow! This one is very helpful. I own Acer Chromebook for more than six months but can’t figure out a way to stream music. There’s a huge playlist on spotify but can’t use it in chromebook. Is there any way to get it down to play.
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Heather says:
Thanks for the kind words Amit. You can log into your Spotify account online through your Chrome browser. Then, you can listen to your Spotify music online. There’s not an app or any other work around that I’ve discovered yet.
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Lydia says:
can you reverse the process and it still work?
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Heather says:
Hi Denise,

Sync your iPad with iTunes and then, sync your iTunes with Google Play music uploader.

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Denise says:
My question is, I have a iPad, and can I sync my iPad to iTunes on my Chromebook once I’ve done all those other steps you mentioned??
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Richard Washbourne says:
Did you ever resolve this issue? I’m trying to figure out that part too.
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