Apple’s ecosystem is a closed one. It’s unheard of that the company would allow any of its services or apps to run on non-Apple devices. iMessage for example is a popular service that will never come to either Linux or Windows 10 because it is one of the most appealing services on iOS and macOS and it keeps users hooked. Apple Music is no different; it’s an Apple service that runs on Apple products. It seems though that there is a way for you to listen to Apple Music on your desktop. You’re going to need a web browser that you can change the user agent for, and an Apple ID.
Apple Music On Your Desktop
We recommend using Firefox and the User Agent Switcher add-on. Use the add-on and change the user agent to an Apple mobile device or the browser to Safari. It has a simple GUI that you can use to make these changes.
Next, visit this website. Search for any song, and play its preview to the end. If the preview player doesn’t load, refresh the page a few times, or just try a different song. The preview player has a sign-in option. Click it and sign in with your Apple ID.
This will open a new window asking you to sign in with your Apple ID. Make sure the ID is for a country where Apple Music is available. Once signed in, it will take you to a home screen where you can listen to music however, it may throw an error. This is because the sign-in window opened in a window that doesn’t have the right user agent. Copy the URL and paste it in a new tab with the user agent changed to an Apple device.
This isn’t a simple, smooth process and it’s likely not meant to be used this way. Apple will get word of this soon and shut it down or put up a block of some sort that prevents users from accessing it. Apple Music is struggling to compete against Spotify so it’s not about to relinquish the Apple device requirement any time soon. There’s also the fact that you’re never prompted to buy a subscription which means you’re basically listening to songs for free and no service will allow that.
Users who tried this out were able to listen to full songs in excellent quality though most speculate that this will be shut down sooner or later. We’re thinking sooner, rather than later.