iTunes Not Coming to Microsoft's Windows Store in 2017

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At its Build developer event earlier this year, Microsoft said Apple was planning to bring its iTunes app to the Windows 10 store, making it easier for Windows users to find the software.

    At the time, Microsoft said the app would be available in the Windows Store "by the end of this year," a deadline Apple now says it's not going to be able to make.


    "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," an Apple spokesperson told ZDNet.

    Both companies are still working to get iTunes into the Windows Store, according to ZDNet's sources, but there is no updated timeline on when it might be available. Apple also did not provide details on why it's taking so long to wrap up the transition to the Windows Store.

    Most Windows users can download the iTunes software outside of the Windows Store, but Windows 10 S users will need to do without iTunes for the time being as that's a version of Windows that can only run apps available in the Microsoft Store.

    Article Link: iTunes Not Coming to Microsoft's Windows Store in 2017
  2. Aathroser macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2016
    I feel like this isn't super high priority for either company
  3. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
    The bigger and richer Apple become the poorer the company becomes in getting things done.
  4. RickInHouston, Dec 15, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2017

    RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Thank you, Baby Jesus. Such a horribly written program.

    Apple fans talk about how apple software is superior to Windows but all windows users have to judge this by is ITunes which is utter crap.
  5. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Yes, shame on them for not pulling out all the stops to deliver their music client to the main competing platform. Next can we complain about them not giving out iMessage to Android devices?
  6. TheWatchfulOne macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    I first read this as Apple promising not to bring iTunes to the Windows Store in 2017 and they are delivering on that promise.
  7. jerry16 macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2016
    across the universe
    Lol, what does Apple deliver as promised as of late? iTunes for Windows might not be a huge priority but this seems symptomatic of more widespread issues.
  8. iMi macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2014
    Emojis... lots and lots of emojis.
  9. NexusUser macrumors member


    Aug 24, 2016
    I don't understand why iTunes doesn't have a web app/player... Netflix, Hulu, Spotify etc. all work in most browsers, why can't iTunes?
  10. iMi macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2014
    Excellent point. You would think the main app that most Windows users who already own an iPhone would be exposed to on the daily basis would be polished to perfection. After all, what better way to say "Mac is better" than to deliver the best music app on the competing system!
  11. Jerry Fritschle macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2004
    Huh? This has to do with MS releasing a version of Windows that only works with their store. I wouldn't put it "all" on Apple.
  12. Bacillus, Dec 15, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2017

    Bacillus Suspended


    Jun 25, 2009
    Ahh, the great news is that there will be no vapor cross-compatibility issues with the non-existing HomePod
  13. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I dont get it, you can download it from Apple's website...
  14. Smearbrick, Dec 15, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2017

    Smearbrick macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2013
    Central PA

    1. Does the current marketshare of MacOS really amount to "competing" with Windows?

    2. Wouldn't it behoove them to have their software easily available on ANY platform if they intend to squash competitors such as Spotify, Tidal, etc?

    3. iMessage on Android would be freakin' sweet.
  15. ELman macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2017
    Windows 10s requires apps to come from the Windows Store. The current downloadable version of iTunes will not work.
  16. shareef777 Suspended


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    You do realize that a majority of iPhone owners are Windows users. Would be nice to have a stable application to reset their phones once Apple releases their next buggy software and bricks theirs phone.
  17. ersan191 macrumors 65816

    Oct 26, 2013
    If this is a full rewrite of iTunes for UWP I'll understand the delays and I'll be absolutely thrilled when it comes out. If it's just Desktop Bridge on the garbage iTunes for Windows that exists now then this shouldn't be taking so long (and I really don't care anyway).
  18. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    Why can't they port it? It's a dinosaur!

    I doubt Apple could write a version of iTunes that complied with regulations third party developers have to follow for the Mac App Store, either.
  19. btrach144 macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2015
    I think Microsoft just announced they're letting go of Grove or Groove so technically they don't have a music service anymore. This is certainly a big win for both companies as Apple is trying to beat out Spotify in the streaming market and having a savvy desktop app for the world's most popular desktop OS is huge.
  20. Zaft macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Wow I did not know that.
  21. mytdave macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2002
    Does anyone even run the much maligned Windows 10 S? I know I sure as heck don't (yes, I have a multi-platform environment).
  22. fatalogic macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    I fail to see the point of it. I think the benefit of a desktop environment is not being in a walled garden.
  23. Sasparilla, Dec 15, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2017

    Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    >> but Windows 10 S users will need to do without iTunes for the time being as that's a version of Windows that can only run apps available in the Microsoft Store. <<

    I believe it was through the end of the year at least Windows S users could upgrade to full Windows 10 (not sure which version), where you can install what you want, for free. So if you have Windows 10 S, go do that while you still can.

    Guessing Microsoft charges PC vendors less for 10 S - as Microsoft can count on getting a 30% cut of all your Windows 10 program purchases going forward...huge benefit - for Microsoft.
  24. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    You didn't know it because ELman has absolutely no idea what he's talking about. You can absolutely download and install it from Apple's website. He's referring to Windows 10 S, which is a special version of the OS that is barely used.
  25. Vashetti macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2015
    ELman said 10 S, but didn't leave a space.

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