Apple previews a trio of apps that will at last substitute iTunes for Windows

Apple's rendition of what a PC running iTunes looks like.
Enlarge / Apple’s rendition of what a Computer system jogging iTunes seems like.


Apple discontinued its iTunes tunes participant for macOS in 2019 when it split the app’s features amongst 4 apps in macOS Catalina. But for Home windows customers with substantial neighborhood media libraries or who wished to back up their iDevices or subscribe to Apple Songs, iTunes has soldiered on, receiving small upkeep-method updates to retain compatibility with Apple’s products and expert services.

Today, as component of a new Home windows 11 preview build for Home windows Insiders, Microsoft has announced that previews of new Apple Audio, Apple Television set, and Apple Units applications are accessible in the Microsoft Store for download.

The Apple Songs and Apple Television applications manage iTunes’ new music and video performance, just as they do on macOS, and provide obtain to the Apple Songs and Apple Television+ membership companies. The Apple Products application is what you’ll use to make regional gadget backups, carry out crisis program updates, sync community media, and the other points you can do with an iDevice which is plugged into your Personal computer (in macOS, identical functionality was added to the Finder, rather than remaining broken out into its individual application).

For now, if you set up any or all of these three applications, you can no for a longer period be able to use iTunes, so do not up grade if you continue to rely on iTunes for something certain that the apps never cope with. You can use iTunes once again if you uninstall the new applications.

iTunes handles two points on Windows that the new apps will not: podcasts and audiobooks. We never know regardless of whether Apple programs versions of Apple Podcasts or Textbooks to operate on Home windows, if that functionality will be additional back again to the Apple Music app for Home windows, or irrespective of whether Apple will rely on the cloud versions of the two apps.

The launch notes for Apple Songs say that podcasts and audiobooks on Home windows PCs “will be inaccessible until finally a suitable edition of iTunes is produced.” This suggests that Apple is functioning on a model of iTunes that can operate along with the new apps, and that iTunes may well keep on to take care of some capabilities in the absence of official Windows versions of Apple Podcasts and Guides.

Microsoft declared that variations of Apple Songs and Apple Television would be coming to Home windows past October, along with other new Home windows 11 functions and refreshed Surface area units. For now, the applications call for Home windows 11 with the 2022 Update installed to run, though it truly is achievable that the closing variations may be suitable with Home windows 10 or more mature Home windows 11 versions as well.