Avoid iTunes Bloat With the Windows Store Version


There are two ways to install iTunes on Windows 10: By downloading it from Apple’s website, or by installing it from the Microsoft Store. You get the same application either way, but the Store app has less bloat.

The Store App is the Same iTunes

The version of iTunes in the Microsoft Store isn’t some sort of “stripped down” universal app. This is the same iTunes desktop application you know and (probably don’t) love. It features the iTunes Store, Apple Music, a local media library, and the ability to sync music, videos, and photos to and from your iPhone, iPad, or iPhone. It can be used to add custom ringtones to your iPhone, too.

Apple used Microsoft’s desktop application bridge to bring the traditional Win32 iTunes desktop application to the Store, which means it can also be installed on Windows 10 in S Mode. But the iTunes Store app is a good choice even for iTunes users on standard versions of Windows 10.

That’s because the Store enforces a few limitations on iTunes. iTunes has to update from the Store and can’t install background system services. This means you won’t get the obnoxious Apple Software Update application and various unnecessary background services iTunes includes if you install the desktop version straight from Apple.

Unfortunately, the Store version of iTunes uses roughly the same amount of hard disk space as the version from Apple’s website. You won’t save disk space by installing it instead.

No Apple Software Update

If you install iTunes from Apple, it also installs the Apple Software Update tool. This program is responsible for updating iTunes,…

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