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Apple Music and Podcasts apps could be on the way to the Microsoft Store

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What you need to know

  • Apple Music and Podcasts could be on their way to the Microsoft Store.
  • It's unclear if the apps would arrive on Windows 10 or only the Xbox platform.
  • Apple discontinued iTunes on macOS in 2019, so the company could also replace it on Windows.

Apple is reportedly working on new Music and Podcasts apps that will arrive on the Microsoft Store. A new report from 9to5Mac (via iMore) states that Apple could release the new Music and Podcasts apps to the Microsoft Store later this year. It's unclear at this point if the new apps will arrive on Windows 10 or only on the Xbox platform. The Apple TV app (opens in new tab) is only on the Xbox platform.

Apple discontinued iTunes for macOS with the Catalina update in 2019. The company still has an iTunes app on Windows, but it hasn't received new features in quite some time. This leads 9to5Mac to speculate that the new Music and Podcasts apps could also ship to Windows PCs, though nothing is confirmed at this point.

Apple started hiring new engineers to work on media apps for Windows back in 2019. That effort has already led to the Apple TV app on Xbox and appears like it is about to bear more fruit.

Apple Music and Apple Podcasts apps would certainly be welcome on the Xbox and Windows platforms. While there isn't support for Apple Music on the Xbox platform at the moment, you can use a third-party app. We have a guide on how to use Apple Music on Xbox One if you don't want to wait to see if Apple releases new apps to the Microsoft Store.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

3 Comments
  • It would be a cool addition to Xbox. The Apple TV app is good and allowed me to ditch the Apple TV box and its terrible controller. As Microsoft appears not to be interested in the audio experience in Windows, I look forward to whatever Apple can bring to the table.
  • Meanwhile, Teams, Office and the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center are still not actually in the Store.
  • Teams is an Enterprise "piece of" software. Well enough managed outside the Store via Intunes. No need for a Store facing support. Office has PWA and an UWP solution in the Store. Also no real need to be in the Store with a third edition with its limitations.