iTunes Won’t Launch in the Windows Store in 2017 After All

Back in May of this year, it was announced that Apple would be launching iTunes in the Windows Store before the end of 2017.

The reason for this was because Microsoft had just announced Windows 10 S, a version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system that is meant to focus on security, which means users can’t install apps from outside of the Windows Store. So if users wanted to install iTunes they would have to do so in the Windows Store — which was supposed to arrive before the end of this year.

Turns out that won’t be the case. According to a statement made to ZDNet by Apple, iTunes won’t arrive in the Windows Store before the end of the year, as originally scheduled:

“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.”

This is a similar situation to the Apple HomePod, the company’s first smart speaker. Apple said the same thing, that they needed a bit more time to “get it right” and delayed the device until sometime in 2018. Turns out iTunes for the Windows Store has been dealt the same fate. That’s unfortunate news for the Windows 10 S users out there in the wild who have been waiting for the software to arrive, but one hopes that the delay won’t be too long.

As it stands right now, there is no timeline for iTunes to launch in the Windows Store, but the report indicates that Apple has not given up on the launch altogether.

Do you, or anyone you know, use Windows 10 S?

[via ZDNet]