Apple has launched a beta version of a web player for Apple Music. If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, you can tune in and enjoy your music without having to install the app or run anything through Apple’s legacy iTunes software.
The next macOS update Catalina will replace iTunes entirely with an Apple Music app and this move seems to both come up to date with that thinking while also giving the service a web player to rival the equivalent functionality offered by main rival Spotify.
You get the full set of features including playlists, radio stations, the For You section and music you might have synced to your library from another source on another device. There are a few things it cant do such as live stream the Beats 1 radio station or present you with smart playlists.
Nevertheless, it is welcome and means that users can finally log in to their music over a desktop or laptop without needing an iPhone or iPad nearby to take advantage of the streaming service. You could now realistically pay for Apple Music without primarily using Apple products.
It shows Apple’s slight hesitancy to go all in on streaming since the iTunes download model was eaten up by the runaway success of Spotify.