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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 Amazon.com, 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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RE: iTunes on Windows
By MooseQuest on 5/11/2013 10:03:37 AM , Rating: 2
For the most part iTunes on the PC and Mac are the same. That is they look the same, but perform much differently. While I've had sync issues on Mac with my devices, it's usually because I'm doing it via wireless. You present your experience as if it were the same for everyone else, which isn't true. And to be honest, if you are doing this all through Wireless (AppleTV, etc.) that's a whole other issue in itself!

I do not have any issues with playback on iTunes in 1080p on my PC. This is Windows 8. I have a 2011 Processor (AMD Phenom II X6 at 3.8Ghz)and 8GB of RAM. From your post I can tell you have Windows. Nothing else. Compare your specs to mine, and maybe that might allude to some of your issues.

I'm assuming you mean, you are ditching your iPhone for another device, perhaps Windows Phone or Android. I'm not sure that's the solution to your problem. With the fragmentation, lack of branded app support and recycling of devices, compared to Apple it could be more frustrating.

I believe that people dislike iTunes simply because they don't know how to use it. Now it is slightly immutable, like all Apple's products. I've seen complaints from it doesn't organize my music the way I want it, it doesn't look or display the way I want it. A lot of UI issues. Last time I checked, I listened to music. For me, I have Smart Playlists, folders, everything and I'm able to view and find my music fast. The fact that I can replicate that same experience across all my devices is even better.

Apple still "just works". Perhaps working with a Mac is your solution. And if OS X scares you or your worried about software that runs on Windows only, you shouldn't. My current Mac is a MacBook Pro 2011. I've got more then enough RAM and processing speed. Windows 7 and OS X run natively with the help of Boot Camp. Zero issues (besides Windows general flakiness).

Metro is interesting. I don't mind the UI, but the UX (user experience) is actually great. I can do tasks that are normally ad-hoc much faster. Like being able to look up a friend by their name, gives me all their social (Facebook and Twitter) updates merged together. So I can see the benefits for an app, but still I would think there would be complaints.


RE: iTunes on Windows
By V-Money on 5/11/2013 2:28:24 PM , Rating: 3
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I'm not sure that's the solution to your problem. With the fragmentation, lack of branded app support and recycling of devices, compared to Apple it could be more frustrating.


Or he could simply buy a Nexus 4 for 300 bucks (or wait for the 5 which will be out soon), not have to deal with a contract since he would own the phone, get updates as soon as they come out, and simply use the play music app that links to your google music account.

This fragmentation thing annoys me because most people don't understand it. Yes there are a lot of devices to pick from (and we all know options are a bad thing), yes there are some companies that don't update or support their devices as much as they should, but there are always the Nexus devices if you don't want to deal with that. The choice is yours, and even with other phones it is easy (and for people on this site very easy) to install custom roms and make your phone however you want it to be.

As for being frustrating, when I use a new phone I pop in the sim card, log into my account, and all of my apps, contacts, and music are available to me. How is that frustrating? My entire collection of music (~9000 songs) are in the cloud and you can download them to your phone if you want very easily. When I get new music on my laptop it automatically gets uploaded to my google music account. In other words, everything just works...


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