You can now download iTunes from the Microsoft Store

Apple has at long last launched iTunes on the Microsoft Store.

Back in November 2017, Microsoft announced that a Centennial version of iTunes, which would afford users the option to download a version of Apple’s music-management software, without all the added iCloud bloatware that accompanies it, was headed to the Microsoft Store – and now it’s arrived.

The Store version of iTunes, which weighs in at a hefty 477MB, is near-identical so the standard Windows client, with the main difference being that it’s packaged using Centennial – a method Microsoft devised to prepare regular Windows applications for distribution and installation through the Microsoft Store.

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One of the market’s biggest qualms with iTunes for Windows is that it attempts to install iCloud and other Apple software in the background using the Cupertino-based firm’s Apple Installer, but because the Store build of iTunes is Centennial, it uses the Windows Installer – putting an end to the aftermarket bloatware.

Another advantage of Centennial applications is that they’re compatible with all builds of Windows, meaning those who own a machine running Windows 10 S – which Microsoft is expected to repackage as Windows 10 S Mode in the not-to-distant future – will be able to install iTunes from the Microsoft Store.

Those looking to upgrade from the legacy version of iTunes to the Store build will be pleased to hear that their library won’t be affected by the migration. Upon installing the Store version, they’ll be asked if they want to uninstall the other build, after which all of their music will be carried across. It’s that simple.

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