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iTunes nears death on Windows as Apple launches Music, TV, Devices apps

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Apple on Wednesday announced a major change for Windows users who use iTunes for Windows with an iPhone or to access Apple Music and Apple TV. For Windows 10 or later, Apple has released new “standalone experiences” for Apple Music and Apple TV as well as a new Devices management app that the company recommends using over iTunes for Windows:

Apple Devices: This is the app for iPhone users to manage their iPhones: perform backups, sync data, and install iOS updates. Read the Apple Devices User Guide.Apple Music: Access the Apple Music service and your personal library, as well as manage music on Apple Devices. Airplay support is included. Read the Apple Music User Guide.Apple TV: Access the Apple TV+ service and your personal library. The app supports 4K playback, subscription services, and MLS Season Pass. Read the Apple TV User Guide.

For audiobooks and podcasts, Windows users still use the iTunes for Windows app. That app is also used if any of the new apps don’t run on your PC. Apple released iTunes for Windows on October 16, 2003, with iPod and iTunes Music Store support.

Apple has a support document with more information on the new apps.


iCloud for Windows redesign

Apple has also released a redesigned iCloud for Windows app. The new app makes it cleaner to see what apps are using iCloud, gauge how much iCloud+ storage is being used, and more.

The iCloud for Windows app can be used to access iCloud features, such as iCloud Photos, iCloud Drive, iCloud Passwords, and iCloud Contacts, Calendars, and Bookmarks. Read the iCloud for Windows User Guide.

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Roman has covered technology since the early 1990s. His career started at MacUser, and he’s worked for MacAddict, Mac|Life, and TechTV.

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