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Apple iTunes hits the Microsoft Store

Apple iTunes available in the Microsoft Store app late April 2018
Apple iTunes in the Microsoft Store app
Although it was initially supposed to become available via the Microsoft Store before the end of 2017, Apple needed some additional to make iTunes ready for the Windows platform. When installing from the Microsoft Store, the iTunes app removes its desktop variant — if installed already — and uses its settings.

The popular Apple iTunes software has been available for Windows PCs for almost 15 years, but — as shown in the video embedded at the end of this article — installing it required more than just one or two clicks. Now, this Windows app is finally available via the Microsoft Store. 

This piece of code provides those who use both Apple and Microsoft products with the means to manage both apps and media on Apple devices, also allowing them to purchase or play music and videos on a Windows computer. The version available as a Microsoft Store app is identical to the standalone one that can be downloaded from Apple's website, only that the latter does not come with automatic updates and, as mentioned earlier, installing it can be quite tricky to some users.

According to the Microsoft Store page of Apple iTunes, the approximate size of the app is 476.7 MB. To enjoy it properly, any x86 or x64 computer that runs Windows 10 version 16299.0 or higher should be enough. Sadly, iTunes does not support Windows 10 on ARM yet. When installing iTunes from the Microsoft Store, the standalone app — if present — is replaced, but its settings are not lost, being loaded on the first run of the new app.

The best part of it all is that computers with Windows 10 in S Mode can finally run iTunes as well. Previously, these machines were not able to run the standalone iTunes version, since they are restricted to using only Microsoft Store apps.


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Codrut Nistor, 2018-04-27 (Update: 2018-04-27)