Apparent Apple Music API change breaks popular third-party ‘Cider’ app for Windows [U]

Update: Just as this story was published, Cider says he found a new solution to get the app working again. The developer warns that this “may be a temporary fix until we can find something more important to work on.”

There are a number of popular and powerful third-party apps that can enhance the Apple Music experience on many platforms. One such app is called Cider, which brings a number of Apple Music features to Windows as a desktop app. However, an apparent change made recently by Apple appears to have broken the Cider app. covered Cider’s launch in March, explaining that the app was based on Apple’s official MusicKit API. The application is built using the Electron standard, which allows it to work on Windows and macOS as a desktop application. However, the app has been more popular on Windows, where Apple Music is available in very limited form via iTunes or via the Apple Music website.

Apple has announced plans to launch a dedicated Apple Music app for Windows, but not until 2023. In the meantime, however, the company has changed the Apple Music APIs, indicating that Cider no longer works for Apple users.

According to Tony Kristovich, one of Cider’s developers, the API change includes additional client checks and removes Cider from its Apple Music token. Kristovich said that the change prevents Cider from authenticating through the API and accessing endpoints that power the application.

At this time, it does not appear that the mysterious changes to the Apple Music API have affected other third-party Apple Music apps. Apple has not commented on the situation, nor has it publicly addressed the changes to the Apple Music API.

As it stands, Kristovich says that without action from Apple, Cider is unlikely to work in the future. If true, it will mark a big loss for Apple Music Windows users. Cider has offered a number of features to Apple Music users not otherwise available on Windows, notably through a dedicated desktop app.

Ideally, Apple will comment on this situation as soon as possible and explain what is happening. It is possible that an inadvertent change to the Apple Music API could affect Cider. There may also be some kind of bug specific to the Cider app that Apple and Kristovich can work together to fix.

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