Apple delays iTunes availability at Microsoft Store

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Apple Inc has officially confirmed that iTunes will not be available via the Microsoft Store in 2017. Instead, the tech giant is pushing its availability back until 2018.

Contrary to what had been announced by Microsoft back in May, iTunes will not be arriving within the month due to time constraints. The news came after Apple confirmed less than a month ago that smart speaker HomePod will not be available in December and it should go on sale early in 2018 instead.

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"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 spokesperson via an emailed statement to ZDNet.

Microsoft first confirmed at the Microsoft Build conference on May 12 in Seattle, Washington that they have been working with Apple to deliver the iTunes app on the Microsoft Store, formerly known as Windows Store. Earlier that month was the launch of Windows 10 S, the premium operating system designed to run apps that are only available via the Microsoft Store.

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While Apple has been offering iTunes download for Windows since 2003, machines running on Windows 10 S will not be able to make use of iTunes since it is not available via the Microsoft Store. Thus, the partnership was born.

With the iTunes app on Windows, Microsoft PC owners who are subscribers to Apple's other services will be able to take advantage of all the functionalities of iTunes, such as full iPhone and iPad support on PCs, device syncing and the ability to log into an Apple ID and use an Apple Music subscription, among others.

This article was first published on December 17, 2017