Apple to replace iTunes for Windows with Music, TV, and Devices apps
Apple will soon phase out iTunes from its last platform – Windows. Microsoft announced that it is adding preview versions of three new Apple apps — Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Devices — as part of the Windows 11 Insider Preview.
Apple Music will cater to a Windows user’s local music library as well as give them access to the paid Apple Music service.
Apple TV will bundle Apple’s TV+ subscription with original content as well as content from Paramount+, AMC+, Showtime, Starz and others. You will also find your iTunes purchased movies here and can rent new releases.
Apple devices take over syncing to Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) as well as local backup and restore and emergency software updates – this functionality has been moved to macOS’s Finder when you connect an iPhone.
That leaves podcasts and books as the only meaningful features in iTunes left out by Apple Music, TV, and Devices. It’s not clear if Apple will later add these to the new apps, or if it’s planning a fourth app just for them.
Microsoft warns that installing any of these new preview apps will stop iTunes on Windows, so keep that in mind if you have a large, curated local library. Uninstalling the new apps allows you to reinstall iTunes.