Apple Music App Is Broken On Windows 10 ARM — But There’s A Workaround – Forbes

Windows 10 on ARM is a work in progress. Case in point: the app for Apple Music is unusable but there’s a workaround.

I’ve been using a new HP Elite Folio that runs Windows 1o Pro on ARM.

The Elite Folio uses a Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 (3.15 GHz) processor — not an Intel processor like the vast majority of laptops on the planet.

I’m in the process of installing all the apps I use on my other Windows Intel-based laptops (e.g.. a Dell XPS 13 9310 and HP Spectre x360 14).

Apple Music app unusable

And I quickly hit a snag with the Apple Music app (still referred to as “iTunes” in the Microsoft Store).

Yes it will install and yes it will launch but it is so slow that it’s unusable. After using it (and testing my patience) for a few hours, I gave up.

But Apple Music on the Web works, i.e., it’s as responsive as any Web application. The downside is, you don’t get the features you get on the standalone Apple Music app such as the equalizer or MiniPlayer.


Workarounds like this remind me of Chrome OS — which I have a lot experience with. In the early days of Chrome a lot of apps were essentially broken but you could always try a Web-based version of the application (if it existed).

Windows on ARM Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2: So far, so good

Everything else I’ve installed on the HP Elite Folio works so far. That includes the Chrome browser, Firefox, Microsoft Office, and Photoshop — the latter two run natively on ARM64 Windows 10 devices.

(As of May 2021, Photoshop runs natively on 64-bit Windows 10 ARM Devices.)

Benchmarks show the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 performing better than past ARM processors but it still has trouble keeping up with the most current AMD and Intel laptops, as PC World points out.

And just based on my experience so far with the HP Elite Folio, it does not offer the snappy performance of the M1 (also an ARM-based processor) MacBook Pro running macOS. But that is an anecdotal assessment and will require more time to flesh out.

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