Remembering Steve Jobs: Launching iTunes on Windows

Remembering Steve Jobs: Launching iTunes on Windows

Summary: A pivotal moment in Apple's history, CEO Steve Jobs announces iTunes for Windows on October 16, 2003. Jobs stated at the time, "It's probably the best Windows app ever written." The release was also considered a good strategic move by Apple because, for the first time, Windows users could buy music from Apple's online store, giving them a feel for the Apple user experience.

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Topics: Hardware, Apple, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • Funny...

    I quite happily and regularly call iTunes the worst Windows app ever written.
    Naryan
    • RE: Remembering Steve Jobs: Launching iTunes on Windows

      @Naryan Agreed. All due respect to Steve and his great accomplishments, calling iTunes the best app on Windows is patently false. It's a memory hog, freezes more than it should, and overall not very performant.
      goombawa
  • RE: Remembering Steve Jobs: Launching iTunes on Windows

    iTunes at it's core needs to be re-written from the ground up on the Windows side.
    vahnx
  • RE: Remembering Steve Jobs: Launching iTunes on Windows

    iTunes for Windows is by far the worst application I use.<br><br>While I'm not surprised that it installs various Apple things that are standard on Mac OS but not on Windows, such as an iPod interface that runs all the time (which is just a performance drain for those of us who don't use iPods), I am surprised by the bugs. It's been years and Apple still won't fix them. (Or, as vahnx suggests, do a complete rewrite based on the native environment of Windows, as the current "let's create a virtual Macintosh" approach doesn't work at all well.)<br><br>There would be a clear financial advantage for them to do something about the horrible situation. Bugs, freezing, and bad performance can discourage people from spending money on the iTunes Music Store. And if "giving [Windows users] a feel for the Apple user experience" was really one of Apple's goals, well...
    Rohan Jayasekera
  • ditch itunes

    All respect to Steve Jobs; I gave up on using itunes on windows years ago - it is THE worst app I've encountered. Anyone looking for an alternative - Winamp - remember that media player from years ago? well it's much revamped and supports ipod sync. and is available on Android. plus there's many alternatives to itunes store to buy your music. ditch itunes!!!
    wolfmeiister@...
  • RE: Remembering Steve Jobs: Launching iTunes on Windows

    MediaMonkey. 'nuff said.
    fibreoptik
  • RE: Remembering Steve Jobs: Launching iTunes on Windows

    The number of times I've had to do factory restores and painfully long syncs due to f**king iTunes. And the download sizes... good grief...
    dowlingm