Sidify Apple Music Converter

home Home >Guide >  Stream Apple Music Tracks on Linux

Two Ways to Stream Apple Music on Linux

iTunes and Linux

If you are a Linux user, there are high chances that you might be using iTunes or Apple Music streaming music service. As iTunes is one of the most used applications across any platform to download, stream and manage music and videos, as well as offers access to 90 millions of Apple Music tracks. While its competitor Spotify has a native Linux client, Apple has not bothered to develop a desktop application for iTunes for Linux. Even if iTunes isn’t available in Linux as a native application, you can still eventually try to find a way to efficiently play Apple Music on your Linux. Here we'll reveal the best two ways to play Apple Music on Linux.

Stream Apple Music on Linux

Method 1: Run iTunes in Linux via WINE

Though you can't find a Linux version of iTunes, you can still run iTunes in Linux using WINE. It adds a compatibility layer so that Windows applications work on Linux, but the results are far from perfect — At least, it’s still worth a try. It will be a little complicated but you can follow the steps below to get iTunes installed on Linux.

Step 1: Install WINE. WINE is a free download available here.

Step 2: Once WINE is installed, check to see if your version of Linux needs any extras installed to support iTunes or its files. One common tool that is used in this situation is PlayOnLinux.

Step 3: With your environment configured correctly, next you'll start installing iTunes. To do that, download a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows version of iTunes from Apple and install it. It will install in the same way as if you were installing it on Windows.

Step 4: If the installation can go smoothly, try an earlier version of iTunes. But it will lack of the latest features.

Step 5: Launch iTunes and sign in your account. Now you can listen to Apple Music on Linux. has more extensive instructions on running iTunes in WINE.

Method 2: Convert Apple Music for Syncing to Linux

To successfully stream Apple Music on your Linux, a widely used solution is to download and install an application on your computer called Sidify Apple Music Converter. It is a fantastically flexible easy-to-use tool for converting Apple Music, iTunes M4P music and iTunes/ Audible Audiobook in a faster way.

Key Features of Sidify Apple Music Converter

sidify box

Sidify Apple Music Converter

  • ok Work for Apple Music, iTunes M4P Music and Audiobooks.
  • ok Convert Apple Music songs to common MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF or ALAC.
  • ok Keep original audio quality and ID3 tags after conversion.
  • ok 1-click to burn Apple Music to CD or upload Apple Music to Cloud.
  • ok Highly compatible with the latest Mac/ Windows OS and iTunes.

Guide to Stream Apple Music on Linux from USB Drive

Things You'll Need:

  • A Computer running Mac OS or Windows OS
  • The latest version of iTunes
  • An External & Portable USB Hard Drive
  • Sidify Apple Music Converter

Step 1Launch Sidify Apple Music Converter

After downloading and installing Sidify Apple Music Converter, launch the program and then you'll see the user-friendly interface of this Apple Music Converter. The program is compatible with Windows and Mac.

Main interface

Step 2Import Apple Music Tracks to Sidify

Click the "Add" button, and you'll see a pop-up dialog that shows you your entire iTunes library. Tick the audio files that you'd like to get as MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC files and click "OK" button to add them to Sidify.

Add Apple Music

Step 3Adjust Output Setting

Click the "Settings" button on the upper right. Here you can choose output formats (MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC), output quality (320kbps, 256kbps, 192kbps, 128kbps) , output folder and how you like the audio files to be organized and so on. If you don't change the output path, the output audio files will be saved under the default folder.

Set output as MP3

Step 4Start Conversion

After the conversion is done, you can find the converted audio files by clicking the "Converted" button or directly go to the output folder that you set in the previous step. All ID3 tags, including artist, album, year, track number and genre, are preserved in the output audios.


Step 5Transfer Apple Music to USB for Streaming on Linux

Find the converted Apple Music files under the target folder on your Windows or Mac computer. Then transfer the converted music to an external USB hard disk for enjoying on your Linux.

Tip: You can play the converted file on other devices that support the converted audio format. Sidify maintains the quality of the audio like the original audio quality. The converted songs are as good as the original Apple Music. It even keeps all ID3 tags if they are present in the original iTunes music.

Note: The trial version of Sidify Apple Music converter has 3-minute conversion limit. If you want to unlock the time restriction, purchase the Sidify Pro now.