Apple previews a trio of apps that will finally replace iTunes for Windows

Enlarge / Apple’s rendition of what a PC working iTunes seems like.


Apple discontinued its iTunes music participant for macOS in 2019 when it break up the app’s performance between 4 apps in macOS Catalina. But for Windows customers with giant native media libraries or who wished to again up their iDevices or subscribe to Apple Music, iTunes has soldiered on, receiving minor maintenance-mode updates to take care of compatibility with Apple’s units and providers.

Today, as half of a new Windows 11 preview construct for Windows Insiders, Microsoft has introduced that previews of new Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Devices apps can be found within the Microsoft Store for obtain.

The Apple Music and Apple TV apps deal with iTunes’ music and video performance, simply as they do on macOS, and supply entry to the Apple Music and Apple TV+ subscription providers. The Apple Devices app is what you may use to make native machine backups, carry out emergency software program updates, sync native media, and the opposite issues you are able to do with an iDevice that’s plugged into your PC (in macOS, related performance was added to the Finder, reasonably than being damaged out into its personal app).

For now, in the event you set up all or any of these three apps, you may now not have the ability to use iTunes, so do not improve in the event you nonetheless depend on iTunes for something particular that the apps do not deal with. You can use iTunes once more in the event you uninstall the brand new apps.

iTunes handles two issues on Windows that the brand new apps will not: podcasts and audiobooks. We do not know whether or not Apple plans variations of Apple Podcasts or Books to run on Windows, if that performance will be added again to the Apple Music app for Windows, or whether or not Apple will depend on the cloud variations of each apps.

The launch notes for Apple Music say that podcasts and audiobooks on Windows PCs “will be inaccessible till a appropriate model of iTunes is launched.” This suggests that Apple is engaged on a model of iTunes that can run alongside the brand new apps, and that iTunes might proceed to deal with some options within the absence of official Windows variations of Apple Podcasts and Books.

Microsoft introduced that variations of Apple Music and Apple TV can be coming to Windows final October, alongside different new Windows 11 options and refreshed Surface units. For now, the apps require Windows 11 with the 2022 Update put in to run, though it is attainable that the ultimate variations could also be appropriate with Windows 10 or older Windows 11 variations as effectively.

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