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Windows 8 iTunes With Metro Design? Not Anytime Soon, Says Microsoft

For those who own an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, it is well-known that the de facto standard application when it comes multimedia playback and management is iTunes. Now if you are on Windows 8, you are probably wondering where's the metro version of iTunes made just for Windows 8. Well if you are eagerly anticipating a metro version of iTunes, you are in for a disappointment as a Microsoft executive admits that it's not happening anytime soon.

Windows 8 iTunes

iTunes 8 with Metro design? Not anytime soon!

Now that's not to say that iTunes is not completely compatible with Windows 8. As of now, users of Microsoft's latest operating system can install and use iTunes, but only for the desktop mode and it doesn't have the new metro design. However, if you own a Windows 8 tablet like the Surface RT, you won't be able to install iTunes at all as it doesn't run non-Microsoft applications. CNN has spoken with Microsoft's Windows division chief financial officer Tami Reller about this matter and he has this to say:

You shouldn’t expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon. iTunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It’s not for lack of trying.

For Apple, withholding a metro version of iTunes is a sensible move. There have been Windows compatible versions of Apple's software before such as iTunes, Safari, and Quicktime, but only because Apple is still pretty much in the niche market when it comes to personal computers. The same can't be said with Apple's position in the tablet market. Apple is by far the leader in the tablet market race, there is no reason why they should support the competition by releasing a Windows 8 iTunes.

However, this isn't to say that there will be no Windows 8 iTunes in the future. Microsoft said that their library of apps continues to grow and so is the number of downloads. The Redmond company believes that it’s only a matter of time before all the most popular apps found in the iTunes App Store will be made available to the Windows 8 platform. So it's not too far-fetched if Windows 8 iTunes will become available down the line.

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