Seemingly out of nowhere, Apple has announced an expansion of its streaming service, Apple Music. Right now, if you want to use your Apple Music subscription, you have to either use the Music app on iOS or macOS, download an app to your Android device, or use God-forsaken iTunes on your Windows 10 machine. Soon, though, all of these apps will no longer be your only way of accessing your tunes.
As announced late yesterday, Apple has begun testing a new web-based version of Apple Music. By going to beta.music.apple.com, you can use your Apple Music subscription just like you would if your web browser were iTunes.
All the same features are there, such as playlists, albums, new music, and more. There are few missing features like Beats 1 and smart playlists, but for the most part, it should be just like using the service inside a native app on your device.
By introducing this new UI, Apple does a few things. For one, it eliminates the need to create dedicated apps for platforms like Chrome OS. Second, it allows you to eliminate the need to have iTunes on your computer just to listen to music. Third, it puts the service more on the level of Spotify who has had a web-based UI for years.
Right now, Apple’s UI is in beta, so things may be buggy. But if you wanna give it a try, go for it.