Yesterday, Apple brought it’s popular Apple Music streaming service to the web. Apple Music for the web is launched in public beta and you can access it from anywhere in the world with your Apple ID, if you are an Apple Music subscriber. This is the first time that Apple Music has been officially offered on the web. You can visit the link beta.music.apple.com to get started. New users will be able to sign up for Apple Music through the website later in the future.
Twitterati were shocked to the core as Apple Music came to the web. Appreciation tweets flooded the social media platform.
— Federico Viticci (@viticci) September 5, 2019
First impressions: Apple Music web client is a bit slow and laggy. But the UI layout is better optimised for the iPad screen size than the native Music app lol.
— Benjamin Mayo (@bzamayo) September 5, 2019
Thrilled to see @AppleMusic finally rolling out a web interface. 🤟🏻
— Kyle Wagaman (@kylewagaman) September 6, 2019
Apple Music for web allows you to search for and play any song in the Apple Music catalog. If you have set up the Sync Library option on other devices, you can play tunes from your own library as well. All the main sections from the Apple Music app will also be available, including Library, Search, For You, Browse and Radio.
The player has some of the same features as the macOS Catalina Music app, for instance, adapting to a Dark Mode setting. At WWDC, Apple announced that with macOS Catalina, Apple is replacing iTunes with Apple Music. Once the new Music app launches on Mac this fall, it will help Apple move away from supporting iTunes on Windows. A web app is also accessible for people unable to install the iTunes or Apple Music apps.
This is another of Apple’s steps in putting more focus on services. Building a web app is a sensible business move that will benefit Apple’s current and future subscribers. Apple Music on web also brings the company on par with Spotify, which is Apple’s biggest competitor in the music sphere. In March this year, Spotify had filed an EU antitrust complaint against Apple. Apple had responded that Spotify’s aim is to make more money off others’ work.