Apple is currently working on building new Music and Podcasts apps for Windows which will be available in Microsoft Store later this year. The company had just recently released its Apple TV app for Xbox.
iTunes was broken down into multiple apps in macOS a while back, however, it still continues to survive and live on Windows as the only app for users to access Apple Music, iTunes TV shows and Movies, and Podcasts. To access Apple TV, users have to rely on the browser-based version of the service, which just received a major user interface update.
Apple Music and Podcasts apps could come to Windows and Xbox this year
Although it was reported last year that Apple is hiring engineers to create new individual media apps for Windows, 9to5Mac reports that the company is internally testing these apps for Windows as a private beta. The apps could just be developed for Xbox, or be available for all Windows users, but it is not confirmed yet.
Apple had focused on hiring engineers who can develop Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, which can work on both Windows and Xbox. This would benefit Apple and give them the broadest reach for their services. As Apple continues to heavily invest in its Apple TV+ service, it will also help the company to bring a native desktop app for it to Windows, to allow more users to get on board.
These apps are expected to release later this year, however, we would not hold our breath. It has been a while since Apple Music was launched, and Apple has kept on shoehorning it into iTunes for Windows while providing a better experience in the browser. Even the Apple Music app on Android is a much better citizen on the platform and supports many features like casting, widgets, and more. So don’t be surprised if the Music and Podcast apps are just released for Xbox later this year.