Microsoft wants iTunes on Windows 8, but Apple is reluctant

By Dave LeClair · 25 replies
May 10, 2013
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  1. iTunes is available on Windows 8 like any other 'legacy' application in desktop mode, but Microsoft really wants to see a version built for their Modern-style "Metro" UI. In fact, Microsoft wants the app so bad that it went directly to...

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  2. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Addict Posts: 146   +75

    I know why Apple can't do it. It's too hard for them. Apple can't even build iTunes correctly for their own OS much less the regular Windows version. I would give my left arm for an alternative to iTunes that would work with my iDevice.
  3. Lol:) Fail Fail Fail
  4. roxxas2

    roxxas2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 65   +22

    Or you could just use a Windows Phone.
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    I'm intrigued, what's your beef with iTunes?
  6. Asok Asus

    Asok Asus TS Rookie

    No need for Apple to be in a rush. Windows RT is essentially DOA, having sold only 200,000 total units worldwide from all vendors in 1Q2013, and because all things Windows 8 can already run itunes, that means only those 200,000 devices can't run itunes. Hardly a market big enough for ANYONE to develop for.
    psycros likes this.
  7. highlander84

    highlander84 TS Booster Posts: 108   +30

    I don't think this is news worthy. Apple needs "special" software to work...No other brand of phone or device is so picky (any that matter anyways) So who really cares....If your an Isheep go to desktop mode, no one likes metro anyways. I'm running windows 8 and the only time I'm in metro is right after boot... I do not even use the windows 8 aps...I use their desktop versions.
  8. Ravik

    Ravik TS Rookie Posts: 44   +8

    It's bloated. Plain and simple. Don't get me wrong. I think it has some excellent features, but it needs a "lightweight" version in addition. This is where a Metro App would be ideal, btw. iTunes is great for syncing up your hardware...but it's pretty top-heavy as a music player. I'd rather use VLC, Winamp, or even Windows Media Player in "minimized" mode while I'm working on the computer. ;)

  9. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Without doubt iTunes is pants. Awful programme. Why does it take so long to rip a CD?
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Solution = Dump the iDevice. Problem sorted.
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    iTune is great as it is. I dont need any metro junk. It took Apple way too long to get iTunes 11 out there. This will take another good 2-3 years.
  12. Amigosdefox

    Amigosdefox TS Booster Posts: 100   +10

    Remember when apps used to be called programs? Pepperidge Farm remembers
    Sunny87, highlander84 and m4a4 like this.
  13. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 782   +235

    Probably because it sucks so much. I have to manually add all of my songs several times a week because it randomly sends my library to the recycle bin. It also opens up too big where the scroll bars is outside of the viewing area. In fact, there are a lot of bugs with iTunes, as with most software.
  14. MadnessRed

    MadnessRed TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Surely there are media players that can sync an ipod on windows?? Winamp, windows media player, surely...??? Pretty much every media player I have used on linux has ipod sync support..
  15. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    iTunes, downgraded from 11 as it is just an utter failure. I should really replace it but I "love" it too much.
  16. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I like it. It is really glitchy though. What do you expect though from someone developing for a competing OS? You shouldnt expect the best lol.
  17. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Exactly, it really annoyed me and I simply rolled back to previous version to enjoy the experience, after all there is no real benefits for music listening.
  18. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I use spotify for my music nowadays. I dont have a subscription so I cant listen on the go. I love it though when I am doing work.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    A guest came through here one evening and said the iTunes is practically designed to hose a Windows computer with extra processes that aren't used or installed in the Mac OS.

    OK, personally, I won't go near anything related to Apple. So, your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to determine the veracity of the guest's statement.

    It made a lot of sense to me, but I confess that I wanted him to be right, and didn't bother to look into it, since I would never install it in the first place.

    Amazon used to allow the purchase of MP3 file, without any proprietary software installed, and it was a dream. Then I was dumb enough to order an "Amazon Instant Video", and all of a sudden, I had a bunch of crap running at startup, and immovable video, dripping with DRM. You can in fact, transfer these videos to one more computer, but then you have to install the same crap software, with the same crap results.

    So,Redbox it is for me (*), along with purchased CD and DVDs or Blu-Ray.

    If iTunes if it serves you well, by all means enjoy it.

    (*) I understand that you are in the UK, and don't know the DVD rental landscape you have to deal with.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    And here's another of these, "The server did not respond in time", magical double posts!:mad:
  21. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Lies, just another day post farming! :D

    As someone has mentioned, Spotify is pretty much very solid product and at very manageable price as well. Once you get used to something, it is hard to move away from it (iTunes in my case).
  22. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    I'd just like to mention I'm not standing up for iTunes, its been extremely buggy since version 11 came out.
    It does add extra start-up items and Services for connecting to other Apple devices over the network, it also try's to make itself the default music player which I hate as well.

    But if you install it and stop it from being the default player, have an apple tv and apple air speakers and a bunch of iPads / iPhones / iPod touches it works remarkably well, if you don't mind being in Apples Walled Garden that is.

    Or at least I can sync and stream much easier than my friend who has Archos tablets, android smartphones, amazon kindles and Sony Walkman's all over the shop...
  23. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    iTunes is CRAP. Look just how long it takes to start up. How slow it is to manipulate, and I HATE adding music to it because IT DOESN'T SUPPORT FLAC???!!!! WHY NOT! Gawd I hate iTunes so much
  24. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    It really isn't that slow, I'm using a vertex 3 (limited by sata2), Q6600 and 6GB of DDR2 RAM, the hard drive that's storing all my music films etc... is a WD Black 640GB.

    Even when the computer is first booted iTunes opens up within a few seconds but after being opened for the first time its pretty much instant?

    The bugs though I've found is the search function not actually indexing all my music, that's annoying, the new default view is absolutely crap and slows down finding what you want rather than making it easier, its just more "minimalist" styling Apple have added for no reason what so ever. The window refuses to fit the full screen either until you unlock the task bar and move it and move it back, that bugs me a lot.
    The Search actually can make it not respond for a second or so, I can let that off though since I have 16,578 sounds, 58 movies and 137 episodes of various TV programs plus all the apps and stuff.

    But even with all those flaws (there are many others) I would never call it "slow", not compared to the issues I had with Windows Media player scanning 16,500+ songs.
  25. 1) itunes works better on apple os (runs like **** on windows) and sure anyone who has used both will agree.
    2) there are alternatives to itunes (minus the app store)
    3) you just made your self sound like an uninformed troll
    have a good day.

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