iTunes with a Chromebook -- Advisable? Annoying? Impossible?
September 14, 2018 11:12 AM   Subscribe

I've found that Chromebook can offer (or handle) Microsoft Office, and Adobe Premiere, and a Final Draft-like app called Writer Duet, which all sounds good. But the one problem I'm running into is iTunes.

I currently have a PC, an iPhone, and a Chromebook. Both the computers are old, so I was thinking of ditching both for a new, better Chromebook, and making that my only computer.

I've found that Chromebook can offer (or handle) Microsoft Office, and Adobe Premiere, and a Final Draft-like app called Writer Duet, which all sounds good. But the one problem I'm running into is iTunes.

I know I'll have to port all my existing songs over to Google Play, but what about going forward? Will I have to buy everything, and make playlists, on the iPhone itself? I liked the idea of having hard backups in my PC, but now everything will be in the cloud, of which I'm suspicious. Can I totally replace iTunes with Google Play on my iPhone, so the two devices can talk to each other? Is Google Play actually an improvement? I've been locked into iTunes for so long, I don't know any different.

I'm open to any info or opinions. Thanks.
posted by Flying Saucer to Computers & Internet (2 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
https://www.techjunkie.com/itunes-chromebook/ has a pretty good description of the options. Basically, with a Chromebook you're buying into the Google universe, and storing all your music in Google Play.
posted by blob at 1:55 PM on September 14, 2018


You can run (most) Android apps on (most) Chromebooks. So you could potentially run Apple Music or whatever on the Chromebook, as an alternate option (I don't know if there is some reason that app won't work, I have never used Apple stuff, but in principle Android apps work on Chromebooks and iTunes seems to claim Android support).

I've been using Google Play Music forever at this point and am happy with it. (You could still make backups of your music on external drives or whatever if you really wanted, even with a Chromebook, but its not necessary either).

But I've never tried to use GPM on an iPhone so I don't know how that is.

The huge advantage of GPM is it works in any web browser, and iTunes does not. So you can not only access it from your Chromebook, but from any PC / Mac/ Chromebook / Linux machine / whatever you log into.
posted by thefoxgod at 2:28 PM on September 14, 2018


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