With less than a week before Apple announces the new iPhone and many other things, they drop a bombshell: an Apple Music web player is now available to a web browser near you. Here are some observations about this surprising move.
- iTunes for Windows is dead and Apple won’t provide a native Windows application for Apple Music in the future.
- The web player is so good in beta form, we have to wonder why Apple bothered to develop a native version of its player for macOS Catalina. Maybe they did it to support more complex features like AirPlay 2.
- Apple is opening up to other platforms like never before. After bringing Apple Music to Android, AirPlay 2 to TV sets from Samsung, LG and others, they now bring the whole Apple Music experience to the web.
- Apple is obviously trying to go after Spotify with this.
- I expect a lot more people using the Apple Music web player than there are for icloud.com. The scale of potential users for a web-based application developed by Apple is unprecedented.
- Today’s news doesn’t imply that Apple will make iMessage available to the web too. iMessage is a major sticky point in Apple ecosystem.
- Apple has developed a solid skill set in developing web-based applications as shown with other examples like iCloud Photos or the iWork suite.
- The Apple Music web player is not available from the icloud.com web site. Some people commented to be a surprising move. I don’t think so. Apple Music is a whole different beast. Besides iCloud Music Library, It has little to do with icloud.com.