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Microsoft wants iTunes as a Windows 8 app, of course, but says Apple’s not so keen

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”.

iTunes vs Windows 8

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!

Source: CNN MoneyThe Verge

Via iMore

Microsoft wants iTunes as a Windows 8 app, of course, but says Apple’s not so keen

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Angry Birds Friends now available on iOS and Android, is totally free

It’s hard to believe, but there is seriously another Angry Birds game headed to mobile today, dubbed Angry Birds Friends. Like its Facebook counterpart, the game is focused on social versions of standard Angry Birds mechanics — flinging various bird types at various structures protecting pigs, with the ultimate goal of destroying said pigs.Angry Birds Friends

The twist in this iteration is that your score is tracked and stacked up against friends via Facebook, meaning that people on all platforms (Facebook, iOS and Android) can play against each other. Should you be wary of shelling out more cash for fowl, worry not, as Angry Birds Friends is free (supported by ads, as you might imagine). It’s available now on both iTunes and the Google Play store. Continue reading