Apple's iTunes App Now Available Through Microsoft's Windows 10 Store

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    iTunes, Apple's software for downloading, purchasing, and managing content on iOS devices and playing Apple content on Macs and PCs, is now available for download through Microsoft's Windows 10 Store.

    Microsoft first announced plans to bring the iTunes app to the Windows 10 Store in May 2017, and said at the time that the app would be available by the end of 2017. In December, though, an Apple spokesperson said that the two companies would not hit that deadline.

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    "We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full iTunes experience to our customers and we need a little more time to get it right," Apple said.

    iTunes has been available on the Windows platform for many years as a standalone download for most Windows users, but its addition to the Windows Store will make it easier for Windows users to find the software. Windows 10 S users have not been able to download the iTunes software as the mode only supports software downloaded from the Microsoft Store, so this will be a welcome addition for those Microsoft customers.

    The addition of iTunes to the Windows Store is a win for Microsoft, as iTunes is reportedly one of the apps that Windows users search for most often.

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    "We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full iTunes experience to our customers and we need a little more time to get it right"
    With such a buggy and messy Software you need time to make it right on the Mac aswell... Try investing on that a little bit more okay?
     
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    Just installed it. Sadly, it looks like the same as before - no UI changes. It's just the existing version packaged for the Microsoft Store.

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    Great hopefully this will put a stop to iTunes crashing in Windows 10.
     
  6. ersan191 macrumors 6502a

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    It seems like the same version as before to me - maybe they bundled some of the supporting services (Quicktime, USB drivers, update utility, etc.) into one program instead of installing them all as services, but it runs just as poorly as ever here.
     
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    FWIW, iTunes hasn't had anything to do with QuickTime since version 10.4 in 2011.
     
  9. konqerror macrumors 6502

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    I believe it's actually like Safari for Windows, the code is still in iTunes, but it doesn't expose a public API.
     
  10. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000

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    iTunes Store uses WebKit (it used not to), but iTunes media playback, encoding, etc. is now entirely AVFoundation, not QuickTime. As a downside, you can actually no longer play some very old formats in iTunes.
     
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    And I assume no ringtone management ability and app library.
     
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    Did that just say 32bit and 64bit? Better be just 64bit since Apple threw their 32bit members under the bus long ago.
     
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    I’m so excited for this. I’ve been waiting 15 years for this to be possible.
     
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    I wonder, when Apple drops the x86 and moves to their A15x bionic for their laptop/desktop will they still produce a Windows x86 version. If so the majority of their install base will jump ship.
     
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    Hopefully gets rid of the constant freezing and hanging bugs I always experience. It performed on my old laptop better than my 6800k system runs it now.
     
  18. avtella macrumors regular

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    I installed it, pretty much the same as the standard desktop app. Doesn’t look like it was UWP optimized. So if you have it installed as a desktop app no need to uninstall and install this.
     
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    I would bet part of the problem they ran in to was needing to build the app with a much newer version of the MS dev tools to make it storeworthy. This could have some added benefits to performance.
     
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    Does this iTunes version has AppStore build in?
     
  22. bluecoast macrumors 6502a

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    Although...

    Ageing, bloated and not very fun to use.

    ...iTunes is a great match for Windows nowadays!
     
  23. pika2000 macrumors 601

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    Availability in the Windows store is (was) important for the Windows 10S (now defunct), as MS only allows programs from the store on that version of Windows.
     
  24. avtella macrumors regular

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    Yes, its essentially the same desktop app.
     
  25. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000

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    S is only defunct as a separate SKU, but the Store-only mode remains as a setting.

    In that case, there is no App Store, as the regular iTunes no longer features it.
     

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