Apple Music and TV Preview Apps for Windows Appear in Microsoft Store

Last October, Microsoft announced that Apple Music and Apple TV apps would be coming to the Microsoft Store in 2023 for installation on Windows devices, providing significant improvements for users on those platforms who have had to access ‌Apple Music‌ via the web or Apple's outdated iTunes for Windows app and Apple TV+ via the web.

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Preview versions of the two apps, as well as an Apple Devices app for managing devices such as iPhones, iPads, and iPods from Windows machines have now appeared in the Microsoft Store, as noted by The Verifier [Google Translate].

In the app descriptions, Apple highlights that, as preview versions of these apps, "not all features may work as expected." The company also warns that installing any of these apps will prevent iTunes for Windows from opening. As a result, other content types such as audiobooks and podcasts will be inaccessible until Apple releases a compatible version of iTunes or the user uninstalls the preview apps.

All three of the new Apple apps require Windows 11 version 22621.0 or higher.

Update: Users are currently unable to install the preview apps on their machines, but will likely be able to do so soon.

Top Rated Comments

_Spinn_ Avatar
18 months ago
Windows 11 only? I’m not jumping to Windows 11 until 10 loses support.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Scipster Avatar
18 months ago
Woohoo! Now all we need is a proper iMessages app and we're golden. Thanks Apple!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
deejaykorn Avatar
18 months ago
I'm shocked. The Music app supports lossless up to 24/192.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
infinitedreams Avatar
18 months ago
RIP iTunes 2001 - 2023

win11 minimum? gone are the days when apps on both sides could run on OSes many versions back.
Windows 11 22H2 to be precise.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AaronMT Avatar
18 months ago
I'm in Canada and had to swap my desktop region to US to get an install button. Of course that's a thing.

First thing I tried was hardware media keys for playback and it doesn't accept them. Of course. I just wish Apple behaved on the platform.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Danfango Avatar
18 months ago

win11 minimum? gone are the days when apps on both sides could run on OSes many versions back.
Unsurprised. Microsoft keep breaking the store model, APIs, design guidelines, frameworks and toolchains regularly. They murdered an entire operating system doing this already (windows phone) which scared all the app developers away. I suspect this is also why there has been very little uptake on the app store so far.

Also I reckon Microsoft are paying them to add it to the app store. I know someone who runs a software company and Microsoft funded the app store integration for their product. No one has installed their product from the MS app store so far, instead installing it via the download link on their web site ?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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