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Apple Releases iTunes on the Microsoft Store with Some Added Benefits

iTunes remains largely unchanged in its Windows Store version, but some background adjustments reduce its bloatware and reliance on third-party services.


After significant delays, has finally launched on the , though it may not be everything users expected. The app is essentially the same as its counterpart, ported using Project Centennial.

That means it has no new design elements or features to speak of, but that doesn't mean there aren't benefits. The Store version uses 's install and update systems, which means a lack of bloatware.

According to ArsTechnica, this version doesn't try to install iCloud or other Apple software, nor does it install background services. It also means users on Windows 10 S will be able to use the software, which is essential for users.

The Best iTunes Experience

Unfortunately, the amount of users on Windows 10 S is likely to stay small. It's clear the restricted OS was Microsoft's main motivation for collaborating with iTunes, but it's been largely unsuccessful. In fact, with Redstone 4, the company will offer all users on Windows 10 S a free upgrade to Pro or Home, making it a ‘mode' rather than a fully fledged OS.

As a result, this will be largely unimpressive to most users, and it comes with an added requirement. To use Windows 10 iTunes, you must be running the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or higher. That shouldn't be a problem for most users, but it seems strange when the app doesn't use Windows' latest features.

Despite this, it remains the best iTunes experience you'll get on Windows, even if that's not saying much. You can download it now from the Microsoft Store.

Ryan Maskell
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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