Steve Wozniak: iTunes should be released for Windows Phone

iTunes first launched for the Mac in 2001 but its use exploded when Apple decided to launch an iTunes client for Windows PCs in 2003. Since then Apple has released iTunes for its iOS products but other than that, the company has never chosen to add iTunes to more platforms.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes Apple should expand their iTunes reach to other devices. TheNextWeb.com reports that, during an address today at TEDxBrussels, he stated his opinion that iTunes should be made available on as many platforms as possible. That includes having iTunes clients on both Android and Windows Phone devices.

It's certainly an interesting proposition. Microsoft has not been shy about offering its own software products on other platforms. Xbox SmartGlass is now available for both Android and iOS and there are tons of rumors that we will seen Android and iOS ports for Microsoft Office in 2013. Also, having iTunes on Android and Windows Phone would certainly make things interesting for competing services such as Microsoft's own Xbox Music, along with Google Play and others.

However, Apple has not been as open about launching its own software products for competing platforms. While the company has released a version of its Safari web browser for Windows, it has yet to release the latest Safari 6 build for Windows 7.

Source: TheNextweb.com | Image via TheNextWeb.com

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.Neo said,

Where's OneNote, Publisher, Access, Visual Studio, etc. for Mac? See, I can list things too!

You are the one complaining about Microsoft software/hardware not being available on Mac. At one time, while I was developing software for iOS it was an issue, but now I don't care about Apple software availability on Windows. I am using far superior software on the Windows platform.

nohone said,
You are the one complaining about Microsoft software/hardware not being available on Mac.

I'm not complaining. The article talked about Microsoft's amazing support for other platforms, I'm merely showing the nuances.

This guy gets wayy more attention than he deserves. Apple hasn't changed their MO till now, why should they on account of what Wozniak thinks? No, they really shouldn't. What DOES wozniak do... he did, and he's done.

Fulcrum said,
This guy gets wayy more attention than he deserves. Apple hasn't changed their MO till now, why should they on account of what Wozniak thinks? No, they really shouldn't. What DOES wozniak do... he did, and he's done.

A half hour ago, in another article, someone was whining because neowin supposedly has become a place where differing opinions are not allowed. And yet, whenever Woz talks, a certain group of people want to suppress his opinion and not have it reported. Apparently, some people's opinions are more equal that the opinions of others.

Fulcrum said,
This guy gets wayy more attention than he deserves. Apple hasn't changed their MO till now, why should they on account of what Wozniak thinks? No, they really shouldn't. What DOES wozniak do... he did, and he's done.

Not sure whether to laugh or cry at comments like this.

I care what Wozniak thinks. He was a pioneer of modern computing. Who knows what the industry would have looked like if it wasn't for his influence and genius.

I want to know what he has to say, and what he thinks about technology.

nohone said,

A half hour ago, in another article, someone was whining because neowin supposedly has become a place where differing opinions are not allowed. And yet, whenever Woz talks, a certain group of people want to suppress his opinion and not have it reported. Apparently, some people's opinions are more equal that the opinions of others.

It's a good observation on your part, I didn't mean it that way. If anyone can help Apple now, maybe it's Woz? I just see him burning more bridges than helping - see his last few 'ideas'/disputes with his former.

Fulcrum said,
This guy gets wayy more attention than he deserves. Apple hasn't changed their MO till now, why should they on account of what Wozniak thinks? No, they really shouldn't. What DOES wozniak do... he did, and he's done.

Woz may not be public and all over the media like Apple itself is, but he's very current. He's always been up to date on the very latest tech, and in fact still works with some future tech guys. He's a pioneer and a very very smart guy. Don't even dare question how much attention he gets, because if you'd like to take a step back. The only attention you're gaining from anyone in the public, is in little posts you make on forums.

iTunes amounts to little more than corporate sponsored malware, installing programs and services regardless of user input. Even if you keep itunes and quicktime off your PC, if you install Adobe Creative Suite products, you still end up with it installing Apple's crap Bonjour service that gives absolutely no benefit, but manages to screw up your ethernet adapter settings.

Somehow the Apple aura of shiny infallibility extends to their software. No question they make some top notch hardware, and have a fantastic design ethic, but when it comes to software they're mediocre at best.

gark said,
iTunes amounts to little more than corporate sponsored malware, installing programs and services regardless of user input. Even if you keep itunes and quicktime off your PC, if you install Adobe Creative Suite products, you still end up with it installing Apple's crap Bonjour service that gives absolutely no benefit, but manages to screw up your ethernet adapter settings.

Somehow the Apple aura of shiny infallibility extends to their software. No question they make some top notch hardware, and have a fantastic design ethic, but when it comes to software they're mediocre at best.

This +1. My poor wife has the pitiable misfortune of owning an iPod Touch, and installing iTunes on her Windows laptop (not a slow one either), but man she complains about it running sluggishly. I look and iTunes has all these retarded services and crap running in the background for the one or two times a month she actually syncs the thing with iTunes. I tried just uploading a couple of pictures to the stupid thing, but now Apple has blocked it from connecting whatsoever with JRiver Media Center too. It says she's Authorized her 5th and last possible computer, even though she's only ever installed the bloated piece of crapware on two machines. And there's no way anywhere to de-authorize a computer. There have been times she's wanted to smash the thing just because of her frustrations with iTunes. So, please, Apple, don't think of making your steaming piece of junk for any other platform, especially Windows Phone. Every other media app available in the history of software is infinitely better than your garbage iTunes product.

devHead said,

It says she's Authorized her 5th and last possible computer, even though she's only ever installed the bloated piece of crapware on two machines. And there's no way anywhere to de-authorize a computer.

Actually, there are two ways that I know of.

In iTunes click Store > Deauthorize this computer

or

Store> View My Account> Under Apple ID Summary click Deauthorize All.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO **** that. Like I wanna pay $1 a song when I can pay $10 for unlimited music. Keep that garbage music store on the garbage phone os

Colin McGregor said,
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO **** that. Like I wanna pay $1 a song when I can pay $10 for unlimited music. Keep that garbage music store on the garbage phone os

Will you be forced in any way to use it?

Apple uses iTunes to sell iPod's and iPhone's. They make much higher margins on there hardware than they do music. If they had iTunes on every platform there would be much less of a reason to buy Apple's hardware. I can't tell you how many iPhone users I know who have thought about switching to Android but did not want to give up iTunes, so they stuck with the iPhone.

That is the big problem with iTunes, that it doesn't let you use non-Apple devices. Apple locks it down and that is not fair which makes the unfairly dominate the market. I hate when music shows & artists tell you to download from iTunes. Not everyone likes or use iTunes.

As much as I hate to say it, iTunes for Windows Phone would be a smash hit since Microsoft can't create an app as completely self-contained, and easy to use.

iTunes with Windows Phone support would make life a whole lot easier, just don't see how they could manage apps for it , so the best solution is for MS to get it's #@$%# together and copy all the usability of iTunes to the Music app.

Having said that, if they start working overtime on actually moving the Music app from beta, and getting the cloud, sync and matching working right, that would also suffice.

I can say more - OS X should be released for all people. Not only for Apple hardware users.
Even if not suported by Apple at first stage. No more hackintosh, but legit installs... an bye windows ?

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