How to Access Your iTunes Library on a Chromebook

Use Google Play Music to play your iTunes songs on your Chromebook

What to Know

  • iTunes for Chromebook doesn't exist, but there are some workarounds that let you access your iTunes music from Chromebook.
  • You can access iTunes Music from Chromebook by using Google Play Music to copy music over.
  • Once copies, you can access iTunes Music through Google Play Music.

While there's no version of iTunes for Chromebooks, you can access your iTunes library using a workaround. In order to play your iTunes songs on your Chromebook, you must first import the songs to your Google Play Music library.

Instructions in this article apply to all devices running Chrome OS.

How to Set Up Google Play Music on a Chromebook

Before doing anything, you first need to install the Google Play Music app on your Chromebook.

Google Play Music is being phased out in favor of YouTube Music, and will likely go away at the end of 2020. The company is making it easy to transfer playlists and music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music.

  1. Download and install Google Play Music from the Chrome web store by selecting Add to Chrome.

    The Add to Chrome button
  2. Select Add app when prompted.

    The Add App button
  3. Launch the Google Play Music web interface and select the Menu icon (the three horizontal lines) in the top-left corner.

    You may be prompted to sign in to your Google account.

    The More menu
  4. Select Upload music from the drop-down menu.

    The Upload Music command
  5. A new screen will appear with the heading Listen to your iTunes music with Google Play Music. Select Next to proceed.

    The Next button
  6. To verify your country of residence, select Add Card and provide your credit or debit card information.

    You card will not be charged. If you already have a credit card on file with your Google account, you can skip this step.

    The Add Card command
  7. Select Activate.

    The Activate button

On the next screen, select musical genres and artists that interest you. These steps are optional. Once finished, you'll go back to the Google Play Music home page.

How to Copy Your iTunes Songs to Google Play

Follow the steps outlined above to set up Google Play on the Mac or Windows PC where your iTunes library resides. You must use the Chrome web browser to download and install Google Play Music.

To start transferring songs from iTunes:

  1. Launch the Google Play Music web interface and select the Menu icon (the three horizontal lines) in the top-left corner.

    You may be prompted to sign in to your Google account.

    The More menu
  2. Select Upload Music from the drop-down menu.

    The Upload Music command
  3. On the Add music screen, select the option to add files from your computer and locate your iTunes folder. Select the songs you wish to add and select Open.

The file selector will not let you choose folders, so you must select each song you want individually. Alternatively, drag your iTunes folder into the Add music screen to start transferring your entire library.

On Windows, iTunes song files are typically in the following location: Users > username > Music > iTunes > iTunes Media > Music. On Mac, the default location is usually Users > username > Music > iTunes.

The Open button

While uploading, a progress icon will appear in the bottom-left corner of the Google Play Music interface. Hovering your mouse over the icon will show the current upload status. This process can take a while, especially if you're uploading a large number of songs.

How to Access iTunes on Chromebook

Return to your Chromebook and navigate to the Google Play Music web interface in your browser. Select Music library (the musical note icon) in the left pane, and then select Songs near the top of the screen.

The Music Library and Songs headings

All of the iTunes songs that you uploaded in the previous steps should be visible. Hover your cursor over a song and select the Play button to begin listening.

The Play button