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Apr 12, 2001

Microsoft today announced that dedicated Apple Music and Apple TV apps will be available on Windows devices next year. The company also announced that iCloud Photos integration is coming to the Photos app on Windows 11 devices later this year.


The standalone Apple Music and Apple TV apps will provide a much improved experience for Windows users who use these services. Currently, Windows users must access the Apple TV+ streaming service on the web at, while Apple Music is available on the web or within the antiquated iTunes for Windows app. Microsoft said previews of both apps will be available on the Microsoft Store starting later this year.

As spotted earlier today, the Apple Music app also launched on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One today, allowing subscribers to listen to music in the background while gaming. Apple Music launched on the PlayStation 5 last year.


iCloud Photos integration will allow iPhone users to access all of their photos in the Photos app on Windows 11. Microsoft said users will simply need to download the iCloud for Windows app from the Microsoft Store, enable iCloud Photos syncing, and the photos will appear in the app automatically. iCloud Photos integration is available for Windows Insiders to test starting today and will launch for all Windows 11 users in November.

Article Link: Apple Music, Apple TV, and iCloud Photos Integration Coming to Windows


macrumors 68000
Oct 26, 2013
Finally working towards getting rid of iTunes I hope.

I've been using Cider for awhile now instead, this might sherlock it for me though it probably won't look as good.
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macrumors G5
May 30, 2002
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
lol well what do you know @bradl

To a degree. Some of us still have to manage devices from an enterprise standpoint, which the last working version of iTunes helps, especially as it has the App Store. Personally, since I bought my children a S/D iPhone 6s each, managing their apps through that and family sharing and it asking for permission from me to download anything is a lot easier than letting them have unfettered access to everything iCloud based.

That said, I'll back up their devices with iTunes, and update iOS either OTA or through my Mac for them.

That said as well, has anyone had any issues getting to the full IPSW for 16.0.3? I'm just getting a blank page when going to the link provided by Apple.


Seems my security concern, for Apple not have updating iTunes in over 6yrs will be finally resolved. :D


macrumors 6502a
Jan 3, 2015
Nice. My wife has a unique setup - iPhone 14 PM, mid-2011 Mac Mini and then a HP Laptop. Being able to sync photos between all 3 devices will be convenient, the Apple Music app should be moreso too (if it does indeed replace iTunes)
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macrumors member
Jun 3, 2014
Well tbh the article doesnt state that APPLE itself will be the developer of these apps.

It could be Microsofts version of the apps - with Apples permission
Yeah, I was wondering that too. Though it seems like it may be Apple given this announcement is following the launch of Apple Music on Xbox, it would be pretty easy to port those apps over to Windows. The iphoto thing is definitely MS.


macrumors 604
Jul 29, 2002
Vancouver, BC
Finally. This feels like it should have happened years ago. Now how about letting us organize playlists better?

It's a smart move. Everybody wants iPhones, but Microsoft wants them using Windows PCs, not Macs, so the only way to keep them happy on Windows is to build a bridge. I do respect this new Microsoft. They've really changed from the old days. People complain about Apple's "lock-in" strategy, but Microsoft is the master of that.


macrumors 68040
May 27, 2003
Asheville, NC
It's about time. I really don't understand how they've gotten away with selling "cloud services" that are marketed as being compatible with what is ultimately the most widely used OS on the planet, yet provide such an crappy experience on that platform. It's not rocket science and they should have just hired some developers to crank these apps out YEARS ago. If Apple's goal is to get people to switch from Windows to MacOS, providing a subpar experience with their software on the Windows platform isn't the way to do it.


macrumors regular
Sep 13, 2022
Still no Apple TV Android app? Can't imagine that'll be true after they launch Sunday Ticket.

There is one, it's (afaik) only available on Chromecast devices / Android TV devices. Source: My Chromecast device
This is like 10 years too late, I already have an iPad, iPhone, Mac where I can already view that stuff.
Luckily there exists other people than you, who might be happy about that.
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