Apple has officially released the Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Devices apps for Windows computers, marking the end of an era for iTunes. This change is part of Apple’s efforts to distribute the responsibilities of iTunes across different apps, reflecting how these apps work on Macs. Windows 10 and later users can now enjoy device management and access Apple Music and Apple TV content through three dedicated apps.
Three dedicated apps that replace iTunes
The transition has been in progress since October 2022, when Microsoft first announced plans for the Apple Music and Apple TV apps in the Microsoft Store. Subsequently, the Apple Music, Apple Devices, and Apple TV apps were launched as beta in January 2023, and since then, Apple has been carrying out regular updates. Today, the “Preview” label has been removed from the three Windows applications.
The Apple Music app allows us to listen to and manage music from our iTunes library, streaming music service, and purchases from the iTunes Store. On the other hand, the Apple TV app allows us to watch and manage movies and TV shows from iTunes, as well as access the Apple Music and Apple TV+ streaming services. Lastly, Apple Devices is designed to update, backup, restore, and manage our iPhone or iPad, and sync content with our PC.
The use of these applications requires Windows 10 or later, and it is necessary to install all three applications to complete the transition from iTunes. After adding the applications to the computer, iTunes will only be used to access podcasts and audiobooks. The iTunes library, please note, should not be deleted as it is used by the Apple Music and Apple TV applications.
Clearly good news for both Apple and Windows users who, while iTunes Movie Trailers officially says goodbye, we will now have a more cohesive and coherent experience. With dedicated apps for different Apple services, using them will be even easier and more convenient.