The Complete Guide to Using Apple Music for Windows

Have you ever felt left out seeing your friends enjoy Apple Music? As the world‘s most popular music streaming service with over 100 million songs and industry-leading quality, Apple Music seems tempting. But it was designed first and foremost for iPhone, iPad and Mac.

What about Windows 10 users?

Well after years of waiting, Apple now offers full Apple Music support on Windows computers – including both streaming playback and offline saving.

So Windows users can finally subscribe and access the same massive song catalog and personalized recommendations enjoyed by Apple device owners.

This in-depth guide will show you how to set up and start listening to Apple Music on your Windows desktop or laptop. Let‘s dive in!

An Introduction to Apple Music

First launched in 2015 after acquiring Beats Music, Apple Music rapidly rose to dominate music streaming, offering some unique benefits:

  • Song catalog – over 100 million songs and 30,000 playlists
  • Sound quality – streams up to "Lossless" 16-bit/44.1kHz audio
  • Human curation – real music experts craft playlists and recommendations
  • Artist relationships – exclusive album premieres and artwork
  • Lyrics search – extensive song lyrics database

Apple Music currently enjoys over 100 million paid subscribers globally. And that massive subscriber base allows Apple to strike exclusive deals with major artists for things like new singles, concert livestreams, and remix album releases.

So accessing Apple Music means tapping into unique content you can‘t get anywhere else – providing plenty of incentive to finally enjoy this streaming service as a proud Windows user.

The Benefits of Apple Music for Windows Listeners

While Apple may focus on making products mainly for its own ecosystem, the company has recently been expanding software support to other platforms like Android and Windows in an effort to grow subscribers.

Using Apple Music on a Windows 10 desktop or laptop provides some unique advantages:

  • Bigger screen – More room for browsing playlists/artists than tiny phone screens
  • Quality speakers – PCs often have better built-in audio drivers or support connecting external speaker systems easily via Bluetooth, aux, USB, etc for superior sound.
  • Multi-tasking – You can have Apple Music play in background while gaming or doing other tasks.
  • Offline downloads – Songs saved for offline listening are handy for travel/commutes if have a laptop.
  • Shared access – Setup family sharing plan and allow your Windows user profiles to utilize the subscription.

And with over 1 billion active Windows 10 PCs currently in use, that‘s a massive potential Apple Music market yet to be tapped. So Apple has plenty of incentive to ensure day-1 support for new Windows releases and hardware going forward.

Next let‘s examine how Apple Music on Windows compares to its arch-rival Spotify…

Apple Music vs Spotify for Windows Users

As the two dominant forces in music streaming, Apple Music and Spotify have intense rivalry much like iPhone vs Android fans. But which is better for someone on Windows? Here‘s a head-to-head comparison:

Apple MusicSpotify
Library size100 million songs80 million songs
Audio qualityLossless CD 16-bit/44.1kHz320kbps max
Ad-supported tierNo free optionSpotify Free
Mobile downloadsUnlimitedRestricted based on tier
Desktop appiTunes (<1% desktop market share)Excellent dedicated Windows app
Curated playlistsExcellent human-crafted mixesTop-tier algorithmic recommendations
Social featuresPoor/non-existentSolid with friend feed and messaging
Price$9.99/month standard$9.99/month standard
Platform supportApple devices + Windows/Android secondaryNearly universal app for all platforms

Both services are excellent, but Spotify does maintain an advantage in the Windows environment specifically regarding its dedicated desktop app and multiplatform uniformity across devices.

However, Apple Music offers substantial exclusives that aren‘t found anywhere else. Ultimately it comes down to which mobile ecosystem you are bought into between Apple and Google.

Now let‘s walk through exactly how to access Apple Music using your Windows PC…

Step 1: Sign Up for an Apple Music Subscription

Obviously to access Apple Music, you first need an active subscription. As of 2023, pricing is:

  • $9.99/month for an Individual plan letting you stream on one device
  • $14.99/month for a Family plan for up to 6 users
  • $4.99/month for the Student tier (requires verification)

You can sign up directly at using your Apple ID, or through the Apple Music apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices.

The signup and activation process typically takes just a couple minutes total.

Tip: You can often find discounted Apple Music gift cards sold at major retailers too saving 15-20% if you prepay for a set period!

Step 2: Make Sure Your Windows PC Meets System Requirements

Officially, you need the following minimum specs to use Apple Music for Windows:

  • Windows 10 64-bit or higher
  • Intel Core i3 processor (or equivalent AMD)
  • 4GB RAM
  • Broadband internet connection

Additionally, having your Windows PC fully updated with the latest patches and security fixes installed ensures compatibility with Apple Music.

Meeting these requirements guarantees smooth streaming playback. But ideally a multi-core processor and 8GB+ RAM helps enhance overall system performance when multitasking alongside Apple Music in the background.

Step 3: Choose Your Preferred Web Browser

Now before you rock out to some music, you need to select which web browser you want to use for accessing Apple Music on your Windows desktop.

Here are your best options to consider along with their notable benefits:

  • Google Chrome – Simple setup syncing with Google account login
  • Mozilla Firefox – Excellent security and customization
  • Microsoft Edge – Integration with Windows 10 and Xbox accounts

I recommend using the latest build of your browser of choice for maximum compatibility. Make sure you‘ve installed all updates which can be quickly checked under Settings.

Now launch whatever web browser you‘ve chosen and proceed to the next step…

Step 4: Navigate to

In the address bar of your web browser, enter the URL:

Alternatively just search for "Apple Music" to pull up the landing page.

This is Apple‘s web-based portal designed to deliver the Apple Music experience through any standards-compliant internet browser.

Upon browsing to, click the account profile icon in the top-right corner. From the dropdown menu, select Sign In.

Apple Music sign-in prompt

Enter your Apple ID email and password credentials when prompted to log into your Apple Music account.

If you‘re already signed into another Apple web service like iCloud, it may automatically detect this and bypass additional login steps.

Step 5: Start Browsing Apple Music Playlists, Radio and More

Congratulations, you now have instant access to Apple Music‘s entire streaming catalog directly through any modern Windows 10 browser!

Upon signing in, you can browse featured playlists sorted by various activities and genres:

Apple Music web homepage

Search for specific artists, songs or albums using the search bar:

Apple Music web search

Access your Library of Liked Songs and previously saved albums:

Apple Music web library

Or click Radio to view available live and artist-dedicated stations:

Apple Music web radio

Spend some time exploring the categories along the top nav bar to uncover all of Apple Music‘s content now accessible on your Windows desktop.

You may notice as you interact with the service, it starts tailoring recommendations and playlists based on your listening activity. This is Apple Music‘s secret weapon – on-demand playlists crafted by living, breathing music editors!

Step 6: Play Music & Manage Playlists

When you select a song, album or playlist to stream, the Apple Music web player appears at the bottom so you can control playback:

Apple Music web player

Player features include:

  • 🔀 Shuffle – Toggle playing songs randomly
  • Skip back/forward – Go backwards or skip current track
  • Repeat track or queue – Keep playing current song or full playlist on loop
  • 🎵 Expand player – Get full-screen visualizer mode
  • ❤️ Like song – Save the currently playing track to your Library
  • More actions – Add music to playlists, download locally, view lyrics and more

You can also create custom playlists to save sets of songs, albums or artists:

Create Apple Music playlist

Give your playlist a name and description, then start adding content!

And remember that little cloud download icon allowing you to save Apple Music tracks offline? This is handy for when traveling without an internet connection on a laptop.

So that covers the basics of how to listen, browse and manage your Apple Music account right from Windows 10. Easy!

But for those wanting a bit more app-like experience similar to Spotify, there is another option…

Enhanced Listening with iTunes for Windows

While Apple Music works great in browser, some users may prefer something closer to a dedicated desktop app.

Enter the classic iTunes program for Windows which enables extended Apple Music integration offering useful tools like:

✅ Synchronized listening history across devices
✅ Up Next queue to customize upcoming playback
✅ Enhanced media organization and metadata editing
✅ Automatic smart playlist creation based on filters

iTunes has gotten much better optimized for Windows 10 recent versions. So it‘s worth checking out if you want a more robust Apple Music environment.

Expert FAQ: Common Apple Music for Windows Questions

Here I‘ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about using Apple Music with Windows PCs:

Is the Apple Music library the same as Mac/iPhone?

Yes, Windows users get the full Apple Music catalog of 100+ million songs, 30,000 playlists, music videos, and more. There are no restrictions.

Can I use Siri commands for voice control?

Unfortunately no – Siri voice assistant is limited to Apple platforms like iOS and now MacOS. But Windows 10 does have native voice control via Cortana or Speech Recognition.

What about sound quality – can I get Lossless audio?

Yes! Under Account > Settings, ensure Sound Check is disabled and Audio Quality is set to Lossless. This will stream CD 16-bit / 44.1kHz lossless audio for max fidelity.

Does Apple Music work fully offline for Windows?

Yes. Any tracks, albums or playlists you specifically download using the cloud icon will save for offline Windows listening when no internet available. Great for laptops on the go!

What about iTunes purchases – can I access them?

Absolutely. Any previous iTunes music or video purchases are accessible in your Apple Music Library even if they weren‘t bought on your current machine. Just remain signed into your account.

And with that, you now have a complete guide to unlocking Apple Music superpowers on your Windows 10 desktop or laptop!

While Apple may position its services for its own devices first, the company has taken major steps to support Microsoft‘s platform recently. Allowing media giants like Apple Music access opens Windows to over 100 million new subscribers.

By following the steps above to sign up and login using either a browser or iTunes app, Windows users can finally stream the latest exclusives from top artists and experience Apple‘s much-praised hand-curated playlists.

It‘s a win-win for Apple Music growth while letting Microsoft audience tap into these assets they‘ve been jealously eying iPhone owners enjoy at long last. Get started with your subscription today!

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