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All I want at WWDC is for Apple to kill iTunes for Windows

As Apple fans and the wider tech community prepare for WWDC, there are common areas of anticipation. Indeed, WWDC is quite predictable in a sense, with new versions of iOS, iPad OS, tvOS and any other Apple operating system released for the year. It’s also a developer conference, so those who build on and for Apple are keeping an eye on the newest and best. But there’s one more discreet announcement I want to see from Apple this year: iTunes is over. Put it in the pasture, ready. No one would miss it.

This idea first resonated in my mind when I read a paper by a former colleague, Daryl Baxter over at TechRadar. Windows is the last bastion of iTunes, and as Baxter’s title suggests, it’s almost like a punishment. I’ve never talked to a single person who has ever enjoyed using iTunes, either on Windows or Mac. I’ve been using it for about 19 years and it’s never been fun. So it’s time to go.

iTunes has never improved

iTunes for Windows

“Modern” iTunes for Windows has hardly evolved since the earliest incarnations. In the beginning, it was a necessary evil. If you wanted to use an iPod and had a Windows PC, you had to use iTunes. It was absolutely necessary to transfer your digital music to your digital music player.

Even in the early days of the iPhone, iTunes had a place. It was hard to use, but for the transfer to and from your shiny new Apple phone, it was something you lived with.

But those days are long gone. Apple has just discontinued the iPod, and who connects their iPhone or iPad to a computer to transfer files? The truth is that not even Apple sees a reason to use iTunes, after all, it was removed from the Mac a few years ago. But Windows users are left to fend for themselves with a product that sees updates but never gets better.

Its sole purpose today is as a front end for Apple Music, your previously purchased music and video library, and the iTunes Store. Everything you do on iPhone and iPad is wireless. If iTunes for Windows has provided access to Apple TV +, there may be an argument to keep it. But no, so it doesn’t exist. And again, Apple discontinued it on its own desktop platform three years ago. If there were reasons to keep it, it wouldn’t have happened, would it?

On Mac, you have Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV +. All of these apps are better than the nasty mess that is iTunes for Windows. If Apple has enough paying customers for its Windows music service that they care enough to keep iTunes alive, then give us the best apps.

Third-party developers are doing what Apple can’t or won’t do

Cider for Apple Music on Windows 11

Apple Music is available as a web application and is decent enough. But it has no offline music. There’s also a top third-party app called Cider. And now, this is the only way anyone should use Apple Music on Windows, though again without offline music. If you need to be offline, you must use iTunes.

Cider, however, is magnificent, even in its infancy. It is a free, open-source application with an interface reminiscent of the Apple Music web application. But it goes much further, with a whole host of settings and customizations. I have a Dracula theme of mine. It’s not just images, there are functions to change the sound, apply lyrics, send to Discord even some experimental plugins. He even has podcasts.

There is more to do, and some features, such as synchronization, are labeled as an ongoing activity. But it is hosted on Github and has a beta or stable channel that you can watch.

Cider is not only available on Windows, but it serves at least as an alternative worthy of having iTunes in your life. Enhanced by the fact that it is a really good application. Check it either on Github in the Microsoft Store, or install it through Windows Package Manager.

One thing has to happen

Apple Music on Mac

No one is surprised that Apple prioritizes its own platforms. But no one will be so fed up with iTunes that they run out and buy a Mac. Services such as music, podcasts and TV must be platform independent. Windows only has numbers. Would the iPod take off like it did if it was a Mac-only product? Of course not.

Apple has been quite generous with supporting other platforms with its media services. Apple Music is on Android and the major smart speakers, and Apple TV is available on game consoles and competing smart TV platforms. The precedent for iTunes Guardians to be a little more generous with its customers who don’t drown entirely in Apple hardware is there. In all respects, Mac applications are quite enjoyable to use. Surely you’d better have them on Windows.

So please, Apple, finally do the decent thing. iPod is gone and iTunes needs to follow.

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