Microsoft just gave its users a significant surprise. On Thursday, April 26, the technology company finally added Apple's iTunes app to the Microsoft Store.
iTunes in Windows
iTunes is available for all Microsoft computers. However, to thoroughly enjoy the entire iTunes experience, customers must meet the minimum system requirements. Customers will need to update their computers to the Windows 10 operating system. Also, they need to make sure that they have room for the app. The size of the Windows version of iTunes is 476.7 MB and it must be installed in the computer's hard drive.
When the Microsoft Store's official Twitter account released the news, several fans expressed their opinion on the move. Some Twitter users were clearly excited about the move and had mini interactions with the Twitter account. Others debated if iTunes was advertising the Microsoft Store or vice versa.
Meanwhile, Windows Phone users wondered if Microsoft had plans to expand iTunes to the Windows Phone operating system. There were also a few users who tweeted that they would stick to their streaming service.
Omg thank you. I hope now runs better cause it’s extremely slow in windows 10— PicoBarraTres (@PicoBarraTres) April 26, 2018
Any idea if it will be available on the Surface Phone? — Aaron Johnston (@aaronj1206) April 27, 2018
Nah, I use spotify.— Gociu Sergiu (@gociu_sergiu) April 27, 2018
Fulfilling A Promise
Many tech insiders say that iTunes' sudden appearance on the Microsoft Store has been a year in the making. On May 11, 2017, Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president of Windows and Devices Group, spoke about the development at the 2017 Microsoft Build developer conference. Months after Myerson made the announcement, Apple stated that its customers needed to wait a little longer to download the app.
"We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full iTunes experience to our customers, and we need a little more time to get it right," said an Apple spokesman to ZDNet.
The App Corner
In addition to iTunes' inclusion into the Microsoft Store, several other apps have made headlines in the technology world. Google introduced a stand-alone app called Tasks to its users. The app's purpose is to help users reorganize their life. Tasks is integrated through Gmail and Calendar.
Meanwhile, Samsung customers now have access to PayPal through Samsung Pay. The app targets Samsung's mobile users who can use it at retailers that accept Samsung Pay.
EverDrive, an app created by EverQuote Insurance, produced a study by using 781 million miles of their customers' data. The company found out which states had the best and worst drivers.
Tech Times reached out to Microsoft for a comment on this story.