Not surprisingly, Microsoft wants Apple to create a Windows 8 version of iTunes. Apple already makes a version of iTunes that runs just fine on Windows 8, but it’s an old-style “desktop app” not a new-style “Windows 8 app”.
Not that that seems to be bothering Apple in the slightest. According to CNN Money:
“You shouldn’t expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon,” said Tami Reller, chief financial officer of Microsoft’s Windows division. “ITunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It’s not for lack of trying.”
Tom Warren at The Verge adds that sources at Microsoft have indicated to them that iTunes is one of the most searched for applications in the Windows 8 store, and that Microsoft has actively been trying to secure a Windows 8 app version.
A Windows 8 app — formerly and far less confusingly known as a Metro app — can be purchased through Microsoft’s version of the app store, and is optimized for the new generation of touch screen tablets, hybrids, laptops, and displays. That’s where the market is shifting, and that’s what’s got Microsoft so keen on it.
Apple, for their part, probably isn’t in any hurry to get ahead of the curve on Windows 8 app development, and it should be pointed out Microsoft’s own Office was an is caught in a painful transition from desktop app to Windows 8 app. Large, legacy code bases are like that, and ports are typically even more complicated.
Still, Windows 8 users, are you crying out for a proper Windows 8 app version of iTunes , or are you okay making do with the current desktop app? We want to hear from you!