Apple’s iTunes hasn’t been a thing on Mac computers for years, but iTunes for Windows is still a thing. But Apple would clearly rather have you use its other apps for most of the functions that used to be exclusive to iTunes.

Last year Apple released Apple Music, TV, and Devices apps to the Microsoft Store. And now Apple says that if you’ve installed Apple Music or Apple TV on a Windows PC, you’ll no longer be able to access music, TV shows, or movies in iTunes.

Apple Music is Apple’s streaming music service, but the PC app also lets you play local music files saved to your device. The Apple TV app for PC works much the same way – you can use it for streaming, but it also lets you access videos purchased from iTunes. And the Apple Devices app lets you sync data between a PC and an iPhone or iPad and manage your devices.

But Apple isn’t quite going all-in on those PC apps yet. If you haven’t installed Apple Music or Apple TV on a Windows computer, then you can still use iTunes for music and videos… for now, at least.

And Apple says iTunes “remains the home for your audiobooks and free podcasts,” suggesting that the company isn’t moving those to the Apple Music app just yet.

So if you prefer a single app for all your media needs, iTunes will still do the trick for the foreseeable future. But Apple hasn’t invested as heavily in developing iTunes in recent years as it has its other apps. So the company is kind of asking Windows users to install four apps instead of one if you plan to use Apple services for music, video, device management, and podcasts or audiobooks.

Or, if you don’t pay for Apple’s subscription services or have a lot of content purchased from iTunes in your media library, you could always just use a different media management app. It’s not like there’s a shortage of them… and even if you have an iPhone, the ability to sync a mobile device to a PC isn’t nearly as important these days as it was in the early days of the smartphone era.

via Hacker News

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  1. It’s à mess. Had an IPhone some years ago and went to Android because of my work. What I have on iTunes or my Apple accounts is now à mystery.

  2. With Apple now adopting new podcasting standards that are open source, originally created by communities seeking their entertainment outside the Walled Garden, what makes Apple think this sort of approach would want those same people to return there?

    If you’re already using podcastindex to find a FOSS podcasting app, you probably already have local copies of your music collection and are probably already using a FOSS music player so why would you use Apple Music?

    1. Maybe Apple thinks that FOSS advocates have been so browbeaten and jaded by this point that they are no longer able to care about the projects they once loved due to the projects becoming dens of drama caused by clout-chasing developers who really just want to pad their resumes to work at a bigger company, and the creeping knowledge that, no really, you actually ARE competing against every single other person on Earth for attention, relevance, money, housing, and brief pretenses of love. Therefore, with dead dreams and only a desire to keep living another day, they’ll come back, cowering, begging Apple for exposure, and they’ll oblige, but not to a satisfactory degree, oh no, gotta keep that pressure on so they keep performing.
      I hate thinking this way. This was way too easy to type.

      1. That was dark. But realistic (at least for working in FOSS in general). Thankfully there are still enough people putting in the effort for FOSS/FLOSSH in order to at least have a chance of being able to escape dystopia.

        However, it doesn’t really address the specific point I was making. If you already have all your music files locally and a local FOSS music player as well as a local FOSS podcasting app, why would you return to Apple Music, iTunes or Podcasts? Especially if you weren’t in a position to pay for Apple Music, for example.
        Even if the devs who made the FOSS music player and podcasting app you use had to abandon their project, you’re unlikely to experience a Google-style rug pull because the fact that it’s FOSS means someone could succeed the og dev either on the main project or via a fork. Even if that doesn’t happen, if you have your local music collection and apps that just work on a device you don’t update but that has Tail/Headscale on it then you don’t need to worry about some future bug or update stopping your apps from working and you can access them remotely.