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Apple has officially launched its trio of apps, including Apple TV, Apple Music, and Apple Devices, on Windows. These apps were initially released in preview last year but have now been launched without the preview tag after collaboration with Microsoft. The goal of these apps, along with an updated iCloud for Windows app, is to reduce the reliance on iTunes for Windows users. The Apple Music app provides access to the iTunes library and allows for song and album purchases. Apple TV enables Windows users to watch movies, TV shows, and subscription streaming content from their iTunes library. Additionally, Apple Devices allows PC owners to backup, restore, and sync content to iPhones and iPads. Microsoft has been working with Apple on these apps and has supported their launch. However, the new Windows apps are currently only available on Intel-based PCs running Windows 10 or Windows 11, with no ARM64 versions for Qualcomm-powered Windows devices.
The trio of apps, in combination with an overhauled iCloud for Windows app, are designed to move Windows users away from the reliance of iTunes.
Microsoft has been working with Apple on the apps and even welcomed their launch this week. In addition to the new apps, Microsoft has already integrated iCloud Photos into the built-in Photos app on Windows 11, allowing users to link an iCloud Photos library. However, it is important to note that the Apple apps are only compatible with traditional Intel-based PCs running Windows 10 or Windows 11, and there are no indications of ARM64 versions for Qualcomm-powered Windows devices at this time.
Microsoft also previously rolled out iCloud Photos integration in Windows, enabling the ability to link an iCloud Photos library straight into the built-in Photos app on Windows 11.