Windows users can now download full versions of the Apple Music and Apple TV applications, as well as a new Apple Devices app. They make the venerable iTunes app almost obsolete.
The software combination is the new way to manage an iPhone or iPad on a Windows PC.
Install Apple Music and Apple TV for Windows today
Long-time Mac and Windows users might struggle to accept it, but the war between Apple and Microsoft has been over for years. The two tech giants now regularly cooperate with each other, including on the release of new apps for iPhone and iPad users.
Preview versions of the Apple Music and Apple TV apps debuted in the Windows Store in early 2023, and this week they dropped their “preview” status. The software is the near equivalents of the macOS versions for enjoying Apple’s streaming music and video services on Windows.
The Apple Devices application was created to allow Windows users to manage an iPhone or iPad from their PC. It can install iOS updates and transfer music, movies and images. This capability is built into macOS, so no separate app is needed.
All three support both Windows 10 and Windows 11.
For more details, visit Apple’s support website.
iTunes for Windows isn’t quite dead yet
Eagle-eyed readers might have noted that there’s not yet a Windows version of the Apple Podcasts application. iTunes is still needed for podcasts and audiobooks.
But that’s likely to change at some point. iTunes for Mac got the boot in macOS Catalina way back in 2019.
In recent years, Apple has released other Windows software for iPhone users, including one that allows the Windows 11 Photos app to access images and videos from iCloud. It shouldn’t be surprising — not everyone running Win11 wants an Android, but these people do want their desktop/laptop to work smoothly with their iOS handset.