An emerging Apple Music app for Windows and Mac might just be the answer to Apple’s terrible iTunes experience on Windows.
Cider is a new open source Apple Music app based on Apple’s official API. Cider from Cider Collective started life as Apple Music Electron, from the developer:
Starting with Apple Music Electron, we set out to create an open-source client for Apple Music that wasn’t caught up in Apple’s horrible locked-in ecosystem and allows some breathing room in your experience. This project was later replaced by what we now call Cider.
Cider is AME’s successor by blood and uses a localized Vue.js page that allows for easy media playback and cross-platform support using Electron.
While the app is still in Alpha, the very early stages of development, early signs are that it’s a fantastic, sleek, snappy experience that, on Windows at least, will give users respite from a frankly awful experience trying to listen to Apple Music using iTunes, while offering more features and integration than the Apple Music webpage.
The app is also available on macOS. Windows users can download the app from the Microsoft Store for less than a dollar, but it also comes with a 24-hour free trial. I’ve been using it for 10 minutes and I’m already considering buying it. The Microsoft store is filled with some rave reviews first. Although it doesn’t support Apple’s lossless audio (due to API limitations), one user marveled that the quality is better than iTunes and Apple Music web player.
Cider even offers web remote functionality, so you can control your music from another device to save you from having to Alt + Tab during a game, or if you’re away from your device. It also supports spatial audio and integrates Discord and Last.fm. Users will need an Apple Music subscription to use the app.