If you have a Chromebook but rely on iTunes for your music and preferences, you might be wondering how to install iTunes on your device. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer a native version of iTunes for Chrome OS. However, there is a workaround that involves using a Linux-powered version of the Windows iTunes app. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get iTunes up and running on your Chromebook.
Enable Linux Support
To begin, you’ll need to make sure your Chromebook supports Linux.
Step 1: Start by accessing Quick Settings, located in the icon tray at the bottom-right of your home screen. In the pop-up window, choose the Advanced option.
Step 2: Look for the Developers category and select it.
Step 3: Choose Turn On to install Linux and follow the on-screen instructions. If you’re unfamiliar with this process, we recommend checking out our comprehensive guide on installing Linux on a Chromebook. Be sure to remember the username you select during this setup, as it will be important for file paths later on.
Step 4: Ensure that your Linux version is fully updated. If there isn’t a dedicated option for updating, you can always open your Linux terminal and enter the following command:
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Enable 32-bit Support with Wine
Now that Linux is installed on your Chromebook, you need to enable support for 32-bit software, which is necessary for running iTunes. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open your Linux terminal, if you haven’t already, and prepare to enter some commands. First, paste and execute the following command:
sudo apt-get install wine
Then, paste and execute:
sudo dpkg -add-architecture i386
Pay close attention to any errors that may occur during the execution of these commands and make sure to input them accurately.
Step 2: Upgrade Wine to its 32-bit version by running two commands. Enter the first command:
sudo apt update
After that, paste and execute the second command:
sudo apt-get install wine32
Once completed, you’re ready to proceed.
Initiate iTunes Setup
Now that you have 32-bit support enabled, you can begin setting up iTunes on your Chromebook.
Step 1: Update Wine once again by running the following command in your terminal:
sudo apt update
Step 2: The next command requires a little more attention. Instead of directly pasting it into the terminal, you’ll need to replace the section “username” with your actual Linux username. It’s advisable to paste the line somewhere first, manually add your username, and then copy it again. Here’s the command:
WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/username/.wine32/ wine iTunesSetup.exe
Step 3: A pop-up may appear, asking you to enable certain features required for installing iTunes. Confirm the settings and wait for the installation process to complete. Once finished, you should see a “Congratulations!” pop-up indicating that the installation was successful.
Correct the iTunes File Path
Although iTunes is now on your Chromebook and visible in your app window, you can’t launch it just yet. The file path associated with the downloaded iTunes isn’t correct, preventing your Chromebook from locating the app. Follow these steps to fix the file path:
Step 1: Locate the new iTunes file. Go to My Files, then navigate to Linux Files. At the top-right of the window, click on the Three-Dot icon and select Show Hidden Files to ensure accurate navigation.
Step 2: Under the Linux files menu on the left, select your Local folder. From there, go to Share > Applications > Wine > Programs > iTunes.
Step 3: Right-click on the iTunes file and choose the option to Open With Text.
Step 4: In the text file, find line three that begins with “Exec” and displays a file path. Replace this file path with the following text, making sure not to modify anything else in the text file. Substitute “username” with your own Linux username:
Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/username/.wine32" wine "/home/username/.wine32/drive_c/Program Files/iTunes/iTunes.exe"
Save and close the file when you’re finished.
Launch iTunes and Sign In
Congratulations! You’re almost done. Open your app launcher and select iTunes to launch the application. Sign in with your Apple information, and you should be able to use iTunes as you normally would. Remember to keep everything updated to ensure this workaround continues to function properly.
Just Want to Use Apple Music?
If you don’t have an iTunes library but are an Apple Music subscriber, you’re in luck! Apple Music has native support for Android, which makes the process much simpler.
You can either download the Apple Music app from the Google Play store or access the web app version of Apple Music for the same functionality.