Apple has officially introduced standalone versions of Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Devices to Windows users, marking a significant shift away from reliance on iTunes. Initially, these dedicated apps were previewed in January 2023, and after a year-long testing phase, they are now available to PC users without the "Preview" tag.
Users with Windows 10 or later can now access these dedicated apps, which offer streamlined interfaces and improved features compared to the previous iTunes experience. Apple Music allows users to easily manage their iTunes libraries, access purchases and enjoy the full range of Apple's streaming service offerings. Similarly, the Apple TV app gives Windows users access to movies, TV shows, documentaries and the Apple TV+ streaming service directly from their iTunes library.
In addition, the Apple Devices app simplifies device management tasks including updates, backups, restores and content synchronization for iPhone and iPad owners.
These apps are compatible with x86-based PCs running Windows 10 or Windows 11. However, users without the required operating system can continue to use iTunes. It's worth noting that downloading any of the dedicated apps prompts users to download all three, with iTunes only accessing audiobooks and podcasts. Apple advises against deleting iTunes, as both the Apple Music and Apple TV apps rely on its library content. It is worth mentioning that Apple's latest Windows applications are only compatible with conventional PCs running Windows 10 or 11 based on the x86 architecture. There is currently no information or indication that ARM64 versions specifically designed for Windows devices with Qualcomm processors are being developed.
Collaboration with Microsoft and expansion of services Microsoft has collaborated with Apple on the development of applications and recently celebrated their launch this week. In addition, Microsoft has integrated iCloud Photos into Windows, allowing users to directly access their iCloud Photos library within the native Photos app on Windows 11.