For Apple Music subscribers on Windows, the Cider app is an answer to their prayers to elevate their experience as a great alternative to iTunes on Windows. Spotted by iMore, Cider is an open-source Apple Music app that is built on Apple’s official API. Although Cider is currently in the Alpha stage of development, it delivers a great experience on Windows outside of Apple’s locked ecosystem.
Starting off as Apple Music Electron we strived to build a open source client for Apple Music that wasn’t caught up in Apple’s horrible locked in ecosystem and allows for some breath-ability in your experience. This project was later replaced with what we have today called Cider.
Cider is AME’s successor by blood and uses a localized Vue.js page that allows for easy media playback and multi-platform support using Electron.
The Apple Music app ‘Cider’ delivers a fantastic, and snappy experience on Windows
Cider is available on Microsoft Store for $0.99 which requires an Apple Music subscription. It is compatible with Windows and macOS. However, the app does not support HiFi lossless audio and Spatial Audio.
Having used the app on Windows, iMore writers that Cider delivers a fantastic experience which is relief from the terrible experience of iTunes on Windows.
While the app is still in Alpha, the very earliest stages of development, the early signs are that this is a fantastic, sleek, and snappy experience that on Windows at least will give users reprieve from frankly awful experience of trying to listen to Apple Music using iTunes, while offering more features and integration than the Apple Music webpage.