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Like a glass of ice water in hell: Apple overhauls its entire app suite for Windows

Thursday February 8, 2024. 09:01 PM , from Mac Daily News
It’s like a cold glass of water in hell: New iCloud, Music, TV, and device-management apps bring macOS-like features to those who settle for Windows PCs.
Andrew Cunningham for Ars Technica:

Apple has quietly overhauled its entire suite of Windows apps, including non-beta versions of the Apple Music, Apple TV, and Devices apps that it began previewing for Windows 11 users over a year ago. Collectively, these apps replace most of the functionality from the iTunes for Windows app; iTunes for macOS was discontinued all the way back in 2019. Apple has also released a major iCloud for Windows update with an overhauled design.
The Apple Music and Apple TV apps both offer access to Apple’s streaming music and video libraries for people with subscriptions, though both apps will also import and play your local music and video libraries from iTunes if you have them.
That said, these apps don’t put the final nail in iTunes for Windows’ coffin just yet; iTunes is still used to manage podcasts and audiobooks in Windows, as the app will inform you if you try to launch it after installing the Music or TV apps. If Apple eventually plans to launch Windows versions of the Podcasts or Books apps from macOS and iOS, the company hasn’t done so yet.
The Apple Devices app is what you’ll use if you want to back up an iPhone or iPad to your PC or perform system restores for iDevices in recovery mode.

MacDailyNews Take: Even lower IQ personal computer users deserve a few good apps, at least.
Just to be perfectly clear: Yes, we’re calling the vast majority of Windows PC sufferers stupid (and/or masochists, certainly).

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