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Microsoft’s Pleas for Windows 8 Version of iTunes Fall on Deaf Ears

Windows 8 Start menuMicrosoft has been pretty good at throwing its formidable weight around to get key applications on Windows 8, but not surprisingly, it’s finding resistance from the folks in Cupertino.

CNN Money is reporting that Microsoft has been pushing Apple for a Windows 8-native edition of iTunes, which currently only runs in traditional Desktop mode on the company’s Metro-style software — and not at all on the tablet-centric Windows RT.

“You shouldn’t expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon,” laments Windows Division CFO Tami Reller. “ITunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It’s not for lack of trying.”

While Apple has grudgingly carried over iTunes, Safari, QuickTime and even iCloud to the Windows platform, the company has largely ignored Windows 8, which debuted six months ago and claims to have sold 100 million licenses during that time.

Thus far, the sole exception is a recent OS X Mountain Lion update which added Windows 8 compatibility to Boot Camp — but that’s for running Microsoft’s OS on Apple’s hardware, not for Apple software on Windows computers.

Windows RT owners are the ones suffering most from Apple’s neglect — they can’t install iTunes at all since it requires Intel hardware, which means a traditional desktop or laptop computer or more expensive Windows Pro tablet.

However, even that is a less than ideal experience, since iTunes doesn’t currently take advantage of the native Windows 8 experience, instead running as a window inside the classic Desktop view.

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iTunes Store Turns 10

iTunes keynoteWhile the iTunes software itself is actually a couple years older, the virtual storefront that powers the media player celebrated its 10th anniversary over the weekend — and what a decade it’s been!

TIME published a look back at a decade of the iTunes Store on Sunday as Apple’s media powerhouse celebrated its 10th birthday on April 28. And it wasn’t alone: Music industry players and artists alike spent the day tweeting out their love for iTunes, most of which was retweeted by the store’s official account.

The iTunes software actually appeared more than two years earlier, on January 9, 2001, after Apple purchased the popular third-party SoundJam MP from Casady & Greene a year earlier. While it’s hard to imagine now, there was a brief period of time where iTunes was strictly about organizing and playing music — but that all changed on April 28, 2003 with the debut of iTunes 4.0.

With the iPod firmly entrenched for almost a year and half, Apple answered the prayers of music fans everywhere by introducing the iTunes Music Store, a playground chock full of 99-cent tracks, all untethered from the obligation of buying an entire album. By 2009, the iTunes Store celebrated its position as the largest online music store in the world with six billion tracks sold.

Looking back, it’s hard to imagine a time when iTunes didn’t serve up music, let alone the TV shows, movies, books and apps yet to come. Here’s to a decade of the iTunes Store — and we look forward to seeing what’s ahead in the next decade!

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Apple Celebrates “A Decade of iTunes”

A Decade of iTunesApple isn’t letting the somber tone of its quarterly earnings stop it from popping the champagne cork on one of its biggest successes, with a celebration for the 10th anniversary of iTunes.

April 28, 2013 marks a decade since the introduction of the iTunes Music Store in 2003, and Apple is celebrating early by posting an interactive timeline in the very same place where it all started.

“Celebrate 10 years of iTunes — a decade marked by stunning musical and technological evolution,” Apple’s new section reads. “From historic iPod releases to the debut of groundbreaking artists, our timeline captures key moments in our history. Plus, take a look back at the defining albums and songs that hit the top of the charts each year.”

A Decade of iTunes is available from the Mac and Windows versions of iTunes as well as from any iOS device by heading to the Music section and selecting the banner of the same name, or clicking the direct search link above.

Which milestone is your favorite?

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Court Ruling Says Reselling iTunes Songs is Illegal

ReDigiAs more and more of our media moves into digital-only formats, we have to wonder our rights are to these virtual goods. Granted, a quick perusal through most End-User License Agreements will make it pretty clear you’re essentially borrowing those songs, games, and movies from the distributor. A ruling by the federal U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has sided with the record industry on the issue, potentially putting a halt to iTunes resales.

As reported by AllThingsD, Capitol Records (owned by Universal Music Group) recently filed suit against start-up marketplace ReDigi. The site allows people to resell their iTunes music collection, but according to U.S. District Court Judge Richard Sullivan, the start-up will likely have to stand down.

Frankly, ReDigi does make some valid arguments. Namely, there’s nothing illegal about buying a CD from the record store, listening to it, then reselling the used album for cash. The start-up also attempted to argue the “first sale” doctrine protected its activities, as it does Netflix. But Judge Sullivan didn’t agree, referring back to a lack of action on the part of Congress to alter the copyright rules in regards to virtual goods.

“The Court cannot of its own accord condone the wholesale application of the first sale defense to the digital sphere,” reads Sullivan’s decision. “Particularly when Congress itself has declined to take that step.”

Recently, it was discovered Apple had actually filed for a patent which appears to deal with the company’s ability to resell iTunes goods.  


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