Microsoft: Don't hold your breath for an iTunes Windows 8 app

While Apple still offers a desktop iTunes app for Windows users, the company has never indicated any interest in making an app that would work with the Start screen interface version of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. This week, the business head of Windows, Tami Reller, seemed to slam the door on an iTunes Windows 8 app coming in the near future.

CNN Money reports that, according to an interview with Reller, she said flat out, "You shouldn't expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon." Reller also hinted strongly that Microsoft would really like for Apple to change its mind. In fact, she suggested that Microsoft has openly asked Apple to develop an iTunes app for Windows 8, saying, "iTunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying."

Microsoft has its own Xbox Music and Xbox Video service for Windows 8 owners, but they have received some harsh reviews from their users. Other third party music and video services are also available for Windows 8 owners.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes that the company should expand its iTunes reach to more platforms besides its own and the Windows desktop, including the Windows Phone operating system. However, it would appear that Apple has no interest in launching a native Windows 8 app for iTunes.

Source: CNN Money | Image via Apple

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MS should see this as an opportunity to improve the interconnection between their Music App and their devices, not simply rest on the fact that an iTunes App won't be on the platform anytime soon (or ever).

This doesn't bother me. I bet I'm not the only one who hates the Windows Phone Metro app launching full screen everytime I connect my WP8 via USB

Apple won't do it for the simple fact that iTunes is a cross compiled piece of garbage and their devs don't actually know HOW to write apps for Windows properly.

To make a ModernUI version. they'd have to rewrite iTunes from scratch, learning all the Windows RT framework and possibly some other core Windows API's to do it, and that's a pretty huge investment in time and money.

Why do they have to? Windows is not Apple's. Is iTunes a little buggy in Windows? Sure. But it is still usable. I use it with very little issues. Similarly, Office on OS X is horrible. Same can be said about Microsoft. Apple (or Microsoft) do not need to develop for the other operating systems.

FloatingFatMan said,
Apple won't do it for the simple fact that iTunes is a cross compiled piece of garbage and their devs don't actually know HOW to write apps for Windows properly..

It's as if you're describing every app Microsoft released for OS X. It's nice of Apple to return Windows the favor.

.Neo said,

It's as if you're describing every app Microsoft released for OS X. It's nice of Apple to return Windows the favor.

I can only speak for apps I've used.

.Neo said,

It's as if you're describing every app Microsoft released for OS X. It's nice of Apple to return Windows the favor.

The thing is, we're talking about iTunes here. Every other app is irrelevant.

Duh. I've been saying this for months. Making a Metro iTunes is the same as making iTunes available on a competing mobile ecosystem. There is absolutely zero access to iTunes songs, iTunes cloud, store, etc from any mobile platform except apple's. The only way we see Metro iTunes is if Microsoft killed the desktop and metro took over 90% of pc marketshare.

Great. The table is set.
Now, if Microsoft could only provide us a decent music experience on the "Modern" UX.
The current Music app is one of the greatest regression in the recent software history.

What a waste when considering how revolutionary the Zune software app was in term of UX. Simply years ahead. Even Apple took a long time to "get inspired" by it.
Sad. Very sad.

Actually I'm kind of sad that Apple isn't bringing iTunes to Metro UI, Microsoft needs to be shown how to design a good program in that interface...

-=MagMan=- said,
Actually I'm kind of sad that Apple isn't bringing iTunes to Metro UI, Microsoft needs to be shown how to design a good program in that interface...

that was the worst troll yet..

-=MagMan=- said,
Actually I'm kind of sad that Apple isn't bringing iTunes to Metro UI, Microsoft needs to be shown how to design a good program in that interface...

Hahahahahahahaha... hahahahahahahaha... hahahahahaha.

Apples terrible Skuemorphic designed software is the worst example of working within a digital age.

Glad to hear that. Fix the fundamental problems of Windows-8 for laptop and desktop users before spending (wasting) time on peripheral items.

Studio384 said,
It says it's only for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

No it doesn't...

Windows System Requirements

Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, 32-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8

Mr Nom Nom's said,
Le sigh - they're wanting one written for the ModernUI.

You don't say.

bguy_1986 said,
Windows 8 RT...

Never heard of that one.

MidTxWRX said,
That's the Windows 8 desktop application. Not an "app"

Of course it's an app.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_software

Calling something an "app" doesn't generally imply a light or mobile version. Look at the Mac APP Store. It is used to distribute regular desktop applications including such apps as Xcode, Final Cut Pro or Aperture - definitely not light or mobile versions.

If we're talking about Windows Store apps, formerly known as Metro-style apps, for Windows RT and Windows 8, developed using WinRT, then we should explicitly state that.

OMG I can't believe this conversation is still going on. Please know the difference between Modern UI and Legacy Applications on Windows 8. This is just embarrassing now.

DarkNet said,
Please know the difference between Modern UI and Legacy Applications on Windows 8.

Who are you talking to? Neither "Modern UI" nor "legacy" are official terms used by Microsoft in this context, by the way.

And one last time: There's already an iTunes app for Windows 8. It even says so in the article: "Apple still offers a desktop iTunes app for Windows users". Every single Windows 8 user already has access to iTunes. It's only the RT users that Apple doesn't (and probably won't) cater to.

The Verge has actually made it much clearer than Neowin did:
"Apple's popular iTunes app might be available for the desktop mode of Windows 8, but Microsoft wants the company to create a "Metro" version."

And there's no good reason for Apple to do so.

CSharp. said,

Who are you talking to? Neither "Modern UI" nor "legacy" are official terms used by Microsoft in this context, by the way.

And one last time: There's already an iTunes app for Windows 8. It even says so in the article: "Apple still offers a desktop iTunes app for Windows users". Every single Windows 8 user already has access to iTunes. It's only the RT users that Apple doesn't (and probably won't) cater to.

The Verge has actually made it much clearer than Neowin did:
"Apple's popular iTunes app might be available for the desktop mode of Windows 8, but Microsoft wants the company to create a "Metro" version."

And there's no good reason for Apple to do so.

I get it, pick on me and not anyone else. Gotcha.

Anyway Mr. Fanboy. So many people use these terms.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/23/3537710/windows-8-review
http://www.computerworld.com/s...desktop_s_days_are_numbered

"Gartner expects that the Windows desktop and legacy Windows applications will decline in importance in future Windows client releases," he wrote in June 2012. "Metro is a new programming model that will lock organizations into the next generation of Windows."

http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/...ut-give-it-a-chance-anyway/

http://theweek.com/article/ind...3782/is-windows-8-a-failure
http://www.informationweek.com...adoption-limps-on/240153971

For the last time, I know the difference. What are you reiterating? Now please, stay quiet. You are like an annoying little kid. Go troll someone else please. Better yet, put you on ignore.

Instead of publicly pleading with apple they should be fixing their own crappy Xbox music app. Its almost as if they have no pride in their own products and are desperate for apples blessing.

Exactly... if I'm going to put iTunes on my PC, I might as well get a freaking MacBook and iPhone.

****es me off that Microsoft would even say that. WTF are they doing now a days? Somebody needs canned for this Xbox Music debacle...

I just want ms to either vastly overhaul xbox music. Even the zune software is better than xbox music. They should have just stuck with all the basics of zune and added on from there.

They farmed Xbox Music out to some team in France and they wrecked it so bad. It makes me so sad. Zune software was getting so good and they just took everything good out of it. It's really depressing. It's almost like the equivalent of replacing MS Word with Notepad or Photoshop with MS Paint. No that's not even fair to Notepad or MS Paint as those programs are actually useful for something.

Avi Patel said,
I just want ms to either vastly overhaul xbox music. Even the zune software is better than xbox music. They should have just stuck with all the basics of zune and added on from there.

And the apps, both the Metro and the Desktop one, to sync with WP8 devices. Zune was light years ahead of them.

NastySasquatch said,
It probably is fairly comparable. iTunes generates Apple a significant amount of income.

Office on the iPad would legitimize its use in businesses. As it is now, most enterprises will probably stick with Windows as their platform of choice since its seen as the primary tool for productivity, and let's face it iOS and Android for now are primarily consumer consumption devices. Giving Office to those platforms would hurt their long term ecosystem plans more than help their short term profits from those users. I'm a senior network engineer in our enterprise and not having Office is one (of the many) of the reasons we aren't deploying them as a BYOD option.

Edited by Drewidian, May 10 2013, 1:32am :

theMike said,
didn't know people still used this bloatware

I wouldn't call Windows 8 bloatware. It sucks but not that bad

Enron said,
Oh I'm so glad Windows 8 won't be blessed with the horribly inefficient iTunes.

iTunes has been great since version 11, no issues at all.

-=MagMan=- said,
iTunes has been great since version 11, no issues at all.

I second that - prior to 11 it was a horrible mess but Apple has actually done a pretty good job cleaning it up, both the Mac and Windows version are pretty good these days.

Very interesting. While I think a Modern UI iTunes would be great, I know I'd use it immediately, I never considered Apple may not want to support Modern UI at this time. Of course, if they make it for the Modern UI, it won't just run on the desktop but also Windows 8 Intel based tablets.

Now MS is kind of reverse calling them out. I can see the ad now, the best way to manage your iPhone 5, a Windows 8 tablet.

Even so, I think Apple should do it.

MorganX said,
Very interesting. While I think a Modern UI iTunes would be great, I know I'd use it immediately, I never considered Apple may not want to support Modern UI at this time. Of course, if they make it for the Modern UI, it won't just run on the desktop but also Windows 8 Intel based tablets.

Now MS is kind of reverse calling them out. I can see the ad now, the best way to manage your iPhone 5, a Windows 8 tablet.

Even so, I think Apple should do it.

The problem is that Apple wants to deliver a consistent look and feel on both Windows and Mac OS X - hence the reason I couldn't see then delivering iTunes on ModernUI as it would require them to deliver something that looks entirely different to their Mac version. The bigger question I want to know is why Microsoft haven't expanded WinRT so that desktop applications can be written using WinRT/XAML instead of relying on old crusty Win32 API's - why doesn't provide such functionality so that traditional desktop applications can be written and run on Windows RT?

rojorojo said,
Good. I don't want that crap on Windows anymore.

That "crap" is still world better than the Xbox Music on Modern Win8....

Microsoft should learn quick how to program for their own interface...

It's still even better than WMP; at least for those of us that own boxsets and want to rip them and play the songs on the discs in the CORRECT order

TruckWEB said,

That "crap" is still world better than the Xbox Music on Modern Win8....

Microsoft should learn quick how to program for their own interface...

I beg to differ. I-Tunes on Windows has always been a pos. Plus the fact it always installed other programs along with it, without asking permission.
I live using Xbox Music subscription. I haven't bought a CD for months.

rojorojo said,
Good. I don't want that crap on Windows anymore.

After reading this comment I realize that a lot of Neowin users are impractical and ****ing stupid. I bet you are still a 'Zune' user.