Windows users might not have to use iTunes much longer. Mac users were freed from this often-criticized multimedia software by macOS Catalina, but it lives on computers running Microsoft’s operating system.
However, Apple seems to be staffing up to create a replacement for Windows too.
Apple placed a job posting on LinkedIn for a Senior Software Engineer — Windows Media Apps. It is seeks someone to “Join us and build the next generation of media apps for Windows.”
Of course, the company could simply be hiring someone to work on the next version of iTunes. But no mention of that software was made in the listing.
RIP: iTunes for Windows?
Over more than a decade of featurecreep for iTunes, an app first created to put music on iPods added video, podcasts, ebooks, iPhone and iPad synchronization and backups, and more. It grew so bloated The Verge called it “Apple’s most hated app.”
macOS Catalina, released last month, split iTunes into multiple applications, each focused on a different type of content. There’s Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Books and Apple Podcasts.
There’s a hint — just a hint — that something similar will happen with the Windows version of iTunes. Apple’s job listing looking for someone to work on its Windows Media Apps requests that applicants “love music.” There’s no mention of being passionate about movies or books, suggesting that the person hired will work on Apple Music for Windows.
This would seem to fit better with creating “the next generation of media apps for Windows” than just more tweaking to iTunes.