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iTunes on Ubuntu? Here’s how you get it running

iTunes on Ubuntu? Here’s how you get it running
Ravi Mandalia

Apple hasn’t been too kind to open source users by not releasing a Linux / Unix variant of its popular iTunes software. But, if you do want to have one working on Ubuntu, you can use an emulation software like PlayOnLinux to do so.

PlayOnLinux is basically a graphical tool that allows Linux users to run windows-based applications on their Linux boxes. The software provides wrapper shell scripts with a .pol filename extension which specify the configuration of Wine needed in order to install and run a particular application. You can consider PlayonLinux as a graphical frontend for Wine.

To install PlayOnLinux on Ubuntu follow the below steps:

Step 1:
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo wget -q "http://deb. playonlinux.com /public.gpg" -O- | sudo apt-key add –

Step 2: Add playonlinux repository
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo wget http://deb.playonlinux.com/ playonlinux_precise.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list

Step 3:
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo apt-get update

Step 4:
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo apt-get install playonlinux

In case you get an error, carry out step 5 otherwise skip to step 6

Step 5:
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo apt-get install curl p7zip-full p7zip-rar

Step 6:
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo playonlinux

Step 6 would invoke PlayOnLinux and you are ready to carry out installation of iTunes on Ubuntu.

iTunes on Ubuntu

Step 1: Download iTunes from Apple website.

Step 2: Navigate to the already open PlayOnLinux window and click on Install a non-listed program as shown below.
itunes on ubuntu 1

Step 3: Browse to the iTunes setup file. In this case we have downloaded a 64-bit version of iTunes as shown below.
itunes on ubuntu 2

Step 4: Click on Next and follow the installation instructions up until you see the below screen.
itunes on ubuntu 3

Step 5: Click on Finish, agree to iTunes Software license and you are ready to roll.

  • Darryl Kelley

    I ran this: sudo wget -q “http://deb. playonlinux.com /public.gpg” -O- | sudo apt-key add – and now my system crashes everyday. How do I remove?

  • Amanda

    I found a way that seemed to work for me, but I think it only works if you have Windows running alongside Ubuntu and you have WINE installed.

    1) In “Files,” click on your Windows partition. It should be labeled “(#)GB Vol.”
    2) Click on “Users.”
    3) Select your Windows username.
    4) Click on the “Search” icon in the top right corner of the window.
    5) Type “itunes setup”
    6) Click on the “iTunes(32 or 64)Setup.exe” icon.
    7) Follow the instructions that the iTunes installer gives you.

    You may not be able to sync your iPod to iTunes in Ubuntu, but at least you can buy music with or without iTunes gift cards in Ubuntu.

  • René Devers

    I tried this installation, but when I start iTunes I get several error messages, and a blank iTunes screen as result.
    What am I doing wrong?

    • Sean C. J. Bourke

      yes itunes is installed but is a blank screen and does not work at all