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The Microsoft Store Version of iTunes Is Actually Better: How to Switch Over

Ben Stegner 23-05-2018

It’s common knowledge that iTunes is pretty terrible, especially on Windows. It’s slow and bloated, and most people only use it when they have to. You can always replace iTunes with an alternative The 5 Best iTunes Alternatives for Windows iTunes is bloated and slow. We show you five fantastic iTunes alternatives for Windows that let you play music and manage your iDevice. Read More , but many stick with Apple’s offering despite its shortcomings.


Thankfully, there’s some good news on this front. Apple now offers a Modern app version of iTunes in the Microsoft Store, and it isn’t as bad as the traditional desktop version. Here’s why and how to switch.

Why Switch to the Microsoft Store Version of iTunes?


While it features everything in the standard program, the biggest advantage of the Store version of iTunes is that it doesn’t install a bunch of annoying garbage along with iTunes. When you install the desktop version on Windows, it also includes Apple Software Update, Bonjour, and other helper background services/processes.

You probably know Apple Software Update as the annoying prompt that appears when you’re working and makes you manually click Update to install updates for iTunes. Even worse, it offers new software you probably don’t want, like iCloud. The Store version automatically updates, so Apple Software Update isn’t included or necessary.

This also goes for background services like Bonjour and iTunesHelper. Few people really need them, and thus Apple programs almost always top lists of unnecessary startup processes These Programs Slow Down Your Windows 10 Boot Is Windows 10 booting slower than it used to? Sluggish programs launching on startup might be the culprit. We'll show you how to trim down your boot list. Read More . You’ll need to open the Store version of iTunes manually once you plug in a device, but that’s a minor inconvenience for a faster boot time.


How to Switch to the Microsoft Store iTunes


To start using the Modern version of iTunes, go to Settings > Apps and find iTunes in the list. Click it and choose Uninstall to remove it. Then open the Microsoft Store app, search for iTunes, and install it from there. Just search for iTunes on your PC anytime you want to open it.

Unfortunately, the Store version of iTunes isn’t any smaller than the desktop version, and is of course only available on Windows 10. So this isn’t an option for Windows 7 users.

No matter which version of iTunes you use, our advice on making iTunes more bearable How to Make iTunes Usable Again in 7 Simple Steps iTunes was once great, but it's awful now. Restore Apple's music player to its former glory with these essential cleanup tips. Read More will help.

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  1. rpsabq
    April 28, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    these articles are always full of shit and are written only to promote a product. of course the microsoft app for itunes is horrible!

    • Ben Stegner
      April 29, 2019 at 1:52 pm

      Believe me, promoting iTunes not something I'd want to do. I can't stand using it. The point of this article was to let people who are using iTunes anyway know that the Store version makes the experience a little less terrible; nothing more.

  2. A
    January 29, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Downloaded, had no choice, on new windows 10, but can't get it to open! what is the point if it won't open? crap windows 10: crap itunes. crap life.

  3. Gregg
    January 13, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Using your method, I'm not certain how I migrate to the Microsoft version without losing my entire library.

  4. Jon Heil
    June 10, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Way too many sheep like Crapple products, yawn, they need to be like Android and connect and drag and drop music in. No need to run some other stupid program to have it talk, thats silly :)

  5. Gus Strang
    June 5, 2018 at 5:28 am

    This just won't download from the MS Store.

  6. Gus Strang
    June 5, 2018 at 5:28 am

    This just won't download from the Store. More MS Hassle

  7. Stephen Pate
    June 3, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    The Windows Store app for iTunes is horribly slow. Closing the program can take up to an hour. Syncing with my iPhone takes more than an hour