Soon, Apple will take iTunes off of its last platform, which is Windows. Microsoft has said that it will add preview versions of three new Apple apps: Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Devices. This is part of the preview of Windows 11 for people in the insiders program.
Apple replaces iTunes for Windows with other apps
Apple Music will let Windows users play their own music libraries and use the paid Apple Music service.
Apple TV will combine content from Apple’s TV+ service with content from other services like Paramount+, AMC+, Showtime, Starz, and others. You can also rent new movies and find movies you’ve bought on iTunes.
Apple devices will be able to sync with other Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod), back up and restore locally, and get software updates in case of an emergency. When you connect your iPhone to macOS, this feature has been added to the Finder.
So, podcasts and books are the only useful things iTunes can do besides Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Devices. It’s not clear if Apple plans to add these to future apps or make a fourth app just for them.
Microsoft says that if you install any preview apps, iTunes won’t work on Windows. Think about if you have a big, well-run local library at this point. If you remove any new apps, you’ll be able to reinstall iTunes.