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Apple is reportedly a huge fan of Metro and is "borrowing" its design, but won't help Windows 8 out

Windows 8 has its fair share of detractors, but its latest struggle has been with a snub from Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  While Apple designers are reportedly looking towards a "flatter" UI for iOS 7 a la the Metro/Windows 8 UI, they don’t appear to be in any rush to bring out a Metro version of iTunes for Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) Windows 8 operating system.

Microsoft's Windows chief financial officer Tami Reller complains, "You shouldn't expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon.  ITunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying."

While Apple has not officially dropped support for the Windows platform -- its largest iTunes customer base -- it's not putting much effort into it either.  Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro users can still access the legacy iTunes, but only in desktop mode.  Windows RT users (not that there are many of them -- reportedly only 200,000 Windows RT tablets sold in Q1 2013) can't access iTunes at all, as Windows RT only runs Microsoft-approved apps compiled to run on the ARM architecture.

While Ms. Reller says that Microsoft firmly believes in its first-party Xbox Music app, she acknowledges that Apple's music store remains the most popular digital music store.  That's why she's so frustrated at the snub.

Xbox Surface

Despite (relatively) weak sales of Microsoft's first-party Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets, Apple is reportedly concerned that designing a Metro app could make the playing field a little too level between the iPad and Surface.

So far 100 million Windows 8/RT licenses have been sold, so there's probably > 50 million Windows 8/RT users in the wild to be conservative.  That's a lot of customers to overlook.

It remains to be seen whether the move backfires on Apple.  After all, Windows users have access to other digital music stories such as Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Play music store and, Inc.'s (AMZN) Amazon MP3 service -- both of which are reportedly working on Metro editions of their music marketplace apps (Google recently released a Metro edition of its YouTube app, so it knows a thing or two about developing for the platform).  And then there's Microsoft's own bundled offering.

If Apple refuses to play ball with Metro, it may see purchases from Windows users decline.  And while Apple typically would cheer at Microsoft's loss, in this case that loss might be mutual.

Source: CNN Money

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Legacy... groan...
By domboy on 5/10/2013 4:46:08 PM , Rating: 5
Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro users can still access the legacy iTunes, but only in desktop mode.

Holy freakin' cow, how awful it must be to have to run an old legacy app in desktop mode!!

Why do people keep referring to desktop apps as legacy apps. It is really getting on my nerves. If there is a single desktop application that has been released since Windows 8 came out then how are desktop apps "legacy"?? Hmm, Office 2013... legacy app!!! Just call it what it is... a desktop app. And what is wrong with iTunes staying as a desktop app??

Sure RT users are left out, and this is another example of why I think the desktop on RT should to be opened up to third parties. Why should Apple have to completely redesign their app? Just 'cause Microsoft says so? But then again, I probably don't want iTunes on my Surface RT either way... I've got a desktop PC for that.

Somebody on another forum on this news topic commented that Apple may just want to keep a somewhat consistent look between the Windows and Mac versions. Makes sense to me.

RE: Legacy... groan...
By cogx on 5/11/2013 9:48:01 AM , Rating: 2

I'm still waiting for just one of the hundreds of substantive applications people use every day on a Windows PC at work/school to be ported to a fully-functional Windows Store app. Consumption-based apps are fine, great, but probably 95% of all Windows PC use is in running creation-based applications that work just fine on the Desktop where one can actually multitask and have, well, Windows plural.

RE: Legacy... groan...
By Xplorer4x4 on 5/13/2013 1:52:08 PM , Rating: 2
on the Desktop where one can actually multitask and have, well, Windows plural.

So Android can multitask and iOs can "multitask" despite only showing you a single window, but Win RT/Metro works in a similar way. You may not have multiple windows open, but you can quickly switch between applications all the same.

RE: Legacy... groan...
By sprockkets on 5/11/2013 10:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
Why do people keep referring to desktop apps as legacy apps. It is really getting on my nerves.

Legacy just means Win32 and all the cruft from 20 years finally being replaced with WinRT (windows runtime, not windows on ARM).

Even if "desktop" apps continue they won't rely on the "outdated" windows desktop, they'll just use the new interface (in quotes to show I don't necessarily agree with it).

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