iTunes For Windows is Sticking Around

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In macOS Catalina, Apple is sunsetting the iTunes app and has split it into three apps instead: Music, Podcasts, and TV, which has left questions about what's happening to iTunes on other platforms.

Apple told Ars Technica that on Windows, there will be no changes. Those who use iTunes on a PC to manage their devices, listen to music, and make iTunes purchases will be able to continue to do so.

There were no details provided, however, on what's going to happen when the Music, Podcasts, and TV apps gain new features over time. Whether those features will also come to iTunes on Windows remains to be seen.

For now, though, Windows users will see no changes to iTunes on the Windows platform.

As for Mac users, installing Catalina removes iTunes and replaces it with Music and Podcasts (TV is coming this fall). Device management is still present in macOS Catalina, and you'll see an iPhone or an iPad plugged into your Mac listed as a device in the Finder sidebar.

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nojkepop

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I suppose it's because iOS devices are managed within Finder via macOS 10.15 Catalina. Not sure how they will get around that on Windows. Hopefully they come up with something.
 
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TrulsZK

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Think this is just a temporary.
Apple will probably split iTunes in the same way as they are doing on the Mac.
 
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dumastudetto

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If you want the best-in-class experience then you've always had to choose macOS over Windows. The story remains unchanged with this news.
 

dhla

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Here are my potentially dumb questions:
1. If I do buy a CD, would I still be able to upload the music?
2. I do create a lot of home videos. Will there still be a mechanism to import them so I can carry them on my iPad? I use iTunes to manage the (home) videos on my iPad and iPhone.

Thanks to anyone who has some insight on these topics.
 

ipedro

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Think this is just a temporary.
Apple will probably split iTunes in the same way as they are doing on the Mac.
I’m with this too. Apple Music for Windows makes a lot of sense if Apple is trying to capture the streaming market. No sense keeping the iTunes branding on Windows machines, which are still the vast majority of PCs.

As for syncing, a sync applet could take care of that or they can add iPod and iPhone syncing to Apple Music.
 

killr_b

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lol wait, so if you install Catalina you can't access your movies and TV shows because that app isn't out yet? omg....
 

macbookguy

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As someone who switched back to Windows two years ago, I'm really curious where they're going to go with iTunes/Apple Media on Windows. It would be nice if they'd offer more assurances than "iTunes is still around for now." This is especially true after they locked down the iOS/iPadOS betas to requiring a Mac to install the ipsw.
 
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Mr Todhunter

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Here are my potentially dumb questions:
1. If I do buy a CD, would I still be able to upload the music?
2. I do create a lot of home videos. Will there still be a mechanism to import them so I can carry them on my iPad? I use iTunes to manage the (home) videos on my iPad and iPhone.

Thanks to anyone who has some insight on these topics.
I suppose you’re asking about Catalina. You still have your home videos in your library and you can sync them but you cannot MANUALLY transfer them to your iOS devices. You must sync them
 

zunamo

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Web apps would have made everything easier and cross compatible... Look at youtube music, it works just fine.
 

Timemaster

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sadly the sunsetting of iTunes has little effect on me. I honestly stop using it what back in 2012 at the lastest even on windows. It had turned into a bloated POS on windows already back then and when I got a mac in 2015 it was clearly a bloated POS there as well.
I do not think I have opened itunes on purpose for years now.
 
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RamGuy

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This is TERRIBLE news... This was the first thing I was looking forward to when I heard that iTunes was going to be split into four separate and more dedicated applications.

The worst part of being a Apple Music subscriber is the abysmal user-experience when listening to music on my Windows desktop. I don't do it that often, but when I do the experience is really lacklustre.

Don't get me wrong, I love Apple Music. I mostly use it on iOS or using HomePod and it works great. We also use it a lot on tvOS which has been great but we have really missed synchronised lyrics but we are finally getting that with tvOS 13!!

But the experience on macOS has been so-so, and the experience on Windows has been bad. Spotify offers a better cross-platform experience, there is no denying it but I stick with Apple Music due to the better integration with tvOS and HomePod.

I was finally looking forward to have the macOS AND the Windows experience improve. Not doing this on Windows is just awkward as this point. iTunes is already working so much better on macOS compared to Windows to begin with. Now the differentiation will be even greater.

With Apple moving to become a "Premium Services" company with a huge push into streaming services. Starting to offering integrations on SmartTV's and what not. Why on earth won't they improve the experience in Windows? Don't they know how many iOS and tvOS users that are also using Windows?

The horrid experience of using Apple Music on Windows is dragging the experience and impression down. Does this mean that Apple TV+ will be streamed using iTunes on Windows? You got to be kidding me??

At least give us a web-version we could use instead...
 

AZMecha

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Boooooo!!!!!!!

This is a perfect time to increase Mac users and take down Windows at the same time.... :mad::mad::mad:
 
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