How to install and use iTunes on Ubuntu

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iTunes is a media player developed by Apple Inc. that allows you to download, organize, and play media on your system, and synchronize it with other devices. iTunes is available for download and use on Windows and Mac, but is not yet available in Ubuntu or other Linux distributions. As an alternative to iTunes, you can use several different media players. However, if you have an iPhone, iPad, and iPod, all you need is iTunes. In this case, no other alternative will work as iTunes is the only way to sync audio, video, and other data between their devices. You can even buy and stream millions of music using iTunes.

But what if you have one Linux User and would like Play Apple Music thereon. Fortunately, there is a way to play Apple Music on Linux. However, for this you will need some additional work. Since iTunes software is available for Windows operating systems, we will use the same Windows software to install iTunes on Linux with the Wine program. Wine is actually a free and open source compatibility layer that allows users to run Windows programs on Linux.

This article will walk you through how to install and run iTunes on Linux. To install iTunes we need to install Wine first. Let’s start with the installation process.

We will use Ubuntu 20.04 LTS for describing the procedure mentioned in this article. The same procedure works on the latest Ubuntu 21.04 and Ubuntu 18.04 as well.

Install Wine on Ubuntu

As mentioned above, let’s first install the Wine program. So download and install the Wine standard packages from the official Winehq repository. Please follow the steps below to install.

Step 1: Download the Wine Repository Key

Press C.Ctrl + Alt + T to start the terminal and then run the following command to download the Wine repository key.

$ wget -nc

Step 2: add repository key

Now run the following command in the terminal to add the key that was used to sign Wine packages.

$ sudo apt-key add winehq.key

Step 3: add repository

Now run the following command in the terminal to add the repository from the WineHQ:

$ sudo apt-add-repository 'deb bionic main'

Add wine storage

Step 4: install Wine

After adding the repository, update your local apt repository by running the following command in the terminal:

$ sudo apt update

Now to install the latest and stable package from wine, run the following command in the terminal.advertising

$ sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

Install Wine

Wait a while for the installation to complete.

After installing Wine, you will be prompted to install Mono and Gecko. Click on To install to install these packages.

Wine Mono installer

Weingecko installer

Wine installation is complete, now we are ready to install iTunes.

Install iTunes on Ubuntu

Launch any browser on your system and then open the official Apple iTunes download Page. Then download the iTunes installation file for Windows named as. down iTunes64Setup. It installs the same way on Ubuntu as it does on Windows.

Step 1: Download iTunes

To install iTunes, go to the Downloads folder and then double-click the downloaded file. It opens the setup page. Click on Next to start the installation.

Download iTunes

Step 2: Launch the iTunes installer

Change the destination folder for installing iTunes or leave it as the default. Then click on that To install Button.

Run the iTunes installer

Step 3: iTunes setup

Once you click Install, setup will begin copying all of the required files as shown in the following figure.

Install iTunes

Step 4: iTunes installation complete

Once the installation is successful, you will see the following screen, click on End to exit the iTunes installer.

Step 5: Accept the license agreement

After the installation is complete, you will see the following screen. Click on Agree to accept the iTunes software license agreement.

License agreement

After accepting the agreement, you will see the iTunes software shortcut on your desktop.

iTunes icon on the Ubuntu desktop

Step 6: Launch iTunes on Linux

To start the iTunes application, double-click the shortcut on the desktop. You will see the following standard iTunes view.

iTunes on Linux

Step 7: sign up

To set up your account, go to AAccount> Sign in.

iTunes login

A dialog box will appear. Enter your Apple ID and password and click log in Button.

Sign in to the iTunes Store

That’s all we need to get iTunes installed and running on Ubuntu. Now you can use iTunes on your Linux machine to access Apple Music.

How to install and use iTunes on Ubuntu