No iTunes Windows 8 app? Microsoft has way to import playlists into Xbox Music

Last week, Microsoft Windows CFO Tami Reller stated the company has tried and failed to convince Apple in making a Modern Windows 8 app version of iTunes to the OS. Today, Microsoft offered a way for people who have the regular desktop version of iTunes to import playlists over to the Windows 8 Xbox Music app.

In a post on the Windows Experience blog, Microsoft goes over the procedure step by step. Basically, users  first open the Xbox Music app, then click or tap on the My Music selection. The next step is to click or tap on the playlists menu option and then swipe up or right click to bring up the apps command menu. Finally, users can click or tap on the "Import playlist" menu. The app should then look for music playlists created by the iTunes desktop. If there are any, users can then click or tap on the “Import playlists” selection. That should allow the iTunes playlist to show up in the Xbox Music app, as seen in the above screenshot. Xbox Music Pass subscribers can then scan the playlist to see if they are available matches in the Xbox Music Store. When the matches are found, users can stream the iTunes playlist on their Windows 8 PC, along with Windows Phone smartphones and the Xbox 360 game console.

Unfortunately, the iTunes desktop app for Windows can't run on Windows RT. In that case, Microsoft states:

If you want to import your iTunes playlists on a Windows RT device – you will first need to move all your music files from your Music library on the PC that has iTunes installed (including the “iTunes” folder in your Music library) and all your music to your Windows RT device and then follow the steps outlined above to import your iTunes playlists.

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I can bet that apple will never never develop a metro version of iTunes for windows 8.x or future windows versions or even RT.

They weren't even able to program a version that looks like a native Windows program. Why does anyone think that they can program a Metro application?

There's some really nice alternatives for iTunes out there if you just use it to play music and such.
I use JRiver's MediaCenter, lot's of proper audio options and plays/shows almost everything. Works great with my old 80Gb iPod Classic as well.

It serves Microsoft right that Apple doesnt want to make a version of iTunes for the Modern version of Windows 8. I mean who the hell does Microsoft think they are? I mean I could see if Microsoft maybe, in the past - during tough times, gave Apple money to stay afloat. Or for example, say, Microsoft developed an Office product for the Mac so it could hold onto a shred of relevancy as a business computer. Or if Microsoft made a popular and wide-spread operating system that until iTunes landed on, it and the iPod were nothing more than a semi-niche market. But ...

Oh wait. Microsoft did do all those things.

who still uses iTunes to "buy" music? that concept is so outdated with services like xbox music,nokia music,spotify, Pandora.

tiadimundo said,
What? That's already implemented.

It doesn't work well at all. You're better off not attempting it because it will just frustrate you.

Upload your own songs that aren't in the Xbox Music catalog? No it doesn't.

Xbox music is like spotify except it also goes through your collection and matches things in their catalog, which is really just like making playlists.

icwhatudidthere said,
Upload your own songs that aren't in the Xbox Music catalog? No it doesn't.

Xbox music is like spotify except it also goes through your collection and matches things in their catalog, which is really just like making playlists.


I purchased music from Xbox and it screwed that up and doesn't appear on the cloud. It's junk, look at all the forums, Microsoft support forums, anywhere. The app is junk.

> The app is junk.

which is a shame, because the Zune app was actually very very good. You can still install it, and use it to manage your music, and access a zune / xbox music subscription.

Isn't a lot of itunes music protected? It was the reason I ripped my entire library to cds and back, just to get away from the platform and apple (to Amazon). I realize they've gotten more open with mp3's, but what about all the DRM loaded music in playlists?

thornz0 said,
Isn't a lot of itunes music protected? It was the reason I ripped my entire library to cds and back, just to get away from the platform and apple (to Amazon). I realize they've gotten more open with mp3's, but what about all the DRM loaded music in playlists?

To be honest, the DRM protection Apple was using back then means if you're now using Windows 8, them protected files probably won't work anyway. Delete them and re-download the DRM free versions.

Isn't SOME legacy itunes databases still protected? I admit I have not kept up on itunes cause am still recovering from the damage itunes did to my music db.. I prefer to manage my files manually in a fashion I see fit..

they just want negative press for windows store - if the concept caches on it would be siucide not to do an app as they directly competing with xbox music now which do have a client app

so no itunes never - never meaning a few months

I wouldn't be sure about a few months. If we see a great demand for modern apps specifically or a great rise in Windows RT devices then yea, we might see a modern/metro iTunes app. But at the moment there isn't a big demand for modern apps or Windows RT, I'm not sure there is a big enough incentive for Apple to spend money developing a modern/metro app.

greenwizard88 said,
Great! If only they would create a music player app for windows 8 that could play music, this might be useful.

Xbox music can play music just fine...

notchinese said,

Xbox music can play music just fine...

I find the lag between clicking a button and something actually happening, to be the reason why i don't use the player.