Cider is an alternative Apple Music client for Windows and Linux

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Apple Music is now offered on multiple platforms, which includes not only Apple operating systems, but also Android and Windows. However, on Windows, the Apple Music experience is far from the best as users still rely on iTunes. With that in mind, a group of developers created Cider – a new open-source Apple Music client for Windows, Linux, and even macOS.

Like many other Apple Music clients, Cider is based on Apple’s official MusicKit API. The app was built with Electron and Vue.js, so it can work on both Windows and macOS. While Mac users might not feel the need for another Apple Music client, those with Windows PCs might want to try the app.

iTunes on Windows only offers the basics of the Apple Music experience. For example, it lacks time-synced lyrics, something that was added to Apple Music on iOS, macOS, and even Android years ago.

Cider not only brings these features but also has a modern and customizable interface which is much better than iTunes. It even has some features that even the official Apple Music app doesn’t, such as the ability to follow artists, easy access to your recently played songs, and integration with Apple Podcasts.

The app even comes with a remote control option, so you can play, pause or skip a song from any other device (hey Apple, please add it to Apple Music). There’s also Chromecast support, built-in Song.link sharing, and more.

The 9to5Mac take

It’s worth noting that Cider is still an “alpha” app, which means it’s under development – so you’ll likely find a few bugs here and there. Still, it’s a great app for those who aren’t happy with iTunes or the Apple Music web app on Windows. And believe me, it’s high time for Apple to replace iTunes on Windows with something better.

You can download Cider on GitHub. For Windows users, the app is available for free on the Microsoft Store (and you can pay a small fee to support developers and unlock automatic updates).

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