WWDC had some big announcements one that iTunes will be broken up into three separate apps Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV on all MacOS devices but what does this mean for Apple music users who use Windows.
According to Apple, they have 100 million users on MacOS but Microsoft Windows is the most popular desktop platform with 1.5 billion users. Many Apple Music users like me that run Windows were wondering what is going to happen to Apple Music on Windows.
Arstechnica reports on their blog
“Apple says users of iTunes under Microsoft Windows will not see any changes. It won’t be broken up into several apps; it will work just like it does now. However, Apple did not provide any clarification about what support will be like for future features. The company simply says that Windows users will continue to have the same experience as before and that it is not announcing any plans to end support for iTunes in Windows.
But keep in mind: that only means for now. Apple might one day bring an Apple Music application to Windows just as it has to Android. But just as the iTunes era seems to be ending for the Mac, it will continue for the immediately foreseeable future in Windows—so iTunes is not really dead. At least not yet.”
Many people have brought up that Apple Music and Apple TV will be on Android. My take on all this is Apple Music is on Android for the same reason that iTunes was on Windows back when the iPod was released. Apple simply has no choice, due to the popularity of that platform and the edge it gives to competing services. Apple needs to be on Android to compete with Spotify. Apple needed iTunes for Windows at the time because they need the iPod to take off and that was where the user base was located at that time in the computer industry.
“So, iTunes is not really dead,” Ars writes. “At least not yet.”
While it’s not dead it won’t be updated anymore.