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How to Install iTunes on Chromebook [ 2021] | Tecvalue

Now, You might be wondering in the back of your head as you read this, why can’t you just download the software and install iTunes on Chromebook like what you would do on any other Laptop and PC ?

Well, This ain’t Windows, Honeybun !

Chrome OS is made of sterner stuff, but don’t fret, because we have found a way to bypass that problem by using a Linux Container, Wine , to mimic the Windows ecosystem, so we can run the Apps just fine.

At a time when there are 1.65 Billion active Apple users worldwide, and with more than half the population of America using an Iphone as a daily driver, It wouldn’t be surprising for you ending up here and scouring our website for tech tips !

So without further ado, Let’s get on to  installing Itunes in your Chromebook with simple and easy steps.

Install Itunes in your Chrome OS

1. Firstly, make sure you have enabled  Linux and then set up the Wine Application on your Chromebook. This will help you with the installation process.

Install iTunes on Chromebook

2. Go to your Browser and download iTunes for Chromebook. Don’t forget, the 64-bit version gets a little cranky for your Chromebook, with it going haywire and displaying a blank window from time to time. So save yourself from some trouble, and download that specific 32-bit version of iTunes.

3. Next, go easy on renaming the file, like “itunes.exe”, so it’s easier to find, then move it to the Linux Section.

Install iTunes-on Chromebook

4. Now, open up the Terminal and execute the below command to change the Wine architecture to 32-bit from the 64 bit. Remember to change yourusername to the actual username assigned to your Chromebook. When the  Wine window opens up,  click on the “Ok” button.

  1. WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/yourusername/.wine32 winecfg 

5. When you are done with that, run the below command to install the 32-bit version of iTunes on Chromebook. Again, make sure to change your username. . Click  “Next” on the Installation window and proceed with the setup.

  1. WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/yourusername/.wine32/ wine itunes.exe 

6. After installation, click on “Finish” and voila, there you have it,  iTunes successfully running on your Chromebook.

 Way to go, Boy !

Shortcut for iTunes on Chrome OS

Although you have successfully installed iTunes on Chromebook and a shortcut is already present in the App Drawer, the shortcut does not open iTunes due to an incorrect file path. So, follow these steps carefully if you want to fix this issue.

1. Open up the native File Explorer and move over to the Linux section. Click on the menu and enable “Show Hidden Files”

2. Now, follow this path through the menu-  .local -> share -> applications -> wine -> Program Files -> iTunes. Here, you will find iTunes.desktop file which is the shortcut that we need to edit. So, right-click on it and select “Open With”. Once you are in, choose the Text app to open the file.

3. Having done that, copy what is below and paste it just after Exec= . Don’t forget, again, to change yourusername to the actual one.

  1. env WINEPREFIX=”/home/yourusername/.wine32″ wine “/home/yourusername/.wine32/drive_c/Program Files/iTunes/iTunes.exe”

4. As the final step of this series of shortcut-making, save the file and close the Text app

Now, open iTunes from the App Drawer and this time, it should launch perfectly fine. 

Pin it on the Chrome Shelf as well, and you are good to go.

You can finally pat yourself on the back on doing a good job if you have followed these steps to the dot !

Hope you have found this useful to implement and enjoyable to read. Read the rest of the articles, Here 

Basim Parapathil

Basim likes to assert himself as the Chandler Bing of Technical writers, which is why you would find him struggling to blend sarcasm and technical stuff. It surprisingly gives out a humorous style targeting the younger spectra of the readers who go through his articles. Basim also dabbles in literature, which is evident in how he expresses (or even exaggerates !) some parts of his technical write-ups. He is also a Google and Microsoft certified Digital Marketer and seems to be well-versed in SEO realms. He is currently pursuing a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering in Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering in Trivandrum, Kerala.

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