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Report: Apple Debates Bringing Official iTunes App to Android

In an interesting story that broke late last week, it is being reported by Billboard that Apple is currently mulling over the idea of launching an official iTunes application for Android devices. At the heart of the report is a year-over-year drop in iTunes percentage of sales, as well as an 11% drop in music sales in the US.

As a new source of income, Apple will also attempt to launch a true on-demand service to compete against Spotify, Beats Music, and Google’s All Access, according to this report.

Much like many other stories that concern Apple’s long-term goals, Steve Jobs was brought up, as it was known that he felt fans would never pay subscription prices for music. At the time, he might have been right, but the market is ever changing. If Apple wishes to continue remaining relevant in the music sales space (they currently hold more than 40% of recorded music revenue in the US), it may be time to look at subscription avenues

According to Billboard’s sources, the thought of an iTunes app for Android is still in the very early stages, meaning we could be months upon months before we see any evidence of an actual app.

If an iTunes app launched for your Android device, would you use it? If you are a Mac user, it’s sometimes hard not to use iTunes, but thanks to All Access from Google, I haven’t used iTunes in quite some time.

Via: Billboard
  • kelly1519

    The iPad is Apple’s second highest grossing product, generating
    18.7% of its total revenues in 2013 http://bit.ly/1idk0V4

  • sgtguthrie

    I have a MacBook PRO and love it, but it doesn’t integrate with Android like it does ios. I understand they want people to use their devices, but some of us just won’t and not offering their services to integrate with Android is definitely hurting them. You can use Google services on iDevices, but can’t use Apple services on Android. That’s a failure on Apple’s part.

    I’ll still listen to music on all access, but I’d welcome some apps from Apple that would make it easier to integrate my phone and tablet with my MacBook.

  • danofiveo

    No I would not use it. The only stuff I have on iTunes is free music from Starbucks and the Sony malware class action lawsuit settlement.

  • realistic

    ef apple

  • TC Infantino

    I am not a fan of iTunes, but, a couple of artists that I like only sell their songs through iTunes. So I have it on my laptop and once I buy the songs, I immediately convert them to mp3 and save them onto my Maxx and the usb thumbdrive that I use in my car. I don’t use iTunes to play or hold my music collection, so I don’t know how it compares to Google All Access.

  • Ray

    iTunes is terrible. Hate it with a passion. The thought of it being on my Android is revolting!

    Apple are slowly losing their foot hold. They should have started making apps for Android a long time ago but unfortunately, being that they are bunch of stuck up half wits who feel their OS and devices are far superior to anything else on this planet, and still feel that a close ecosystem is the way to go, they have slowly dug themselves a massive hole which they are going to find harder and harder to get out of with every day that passes.

    Steve Jobs, although he did some great things for the company, also starting burying the company long ago. I was hoping to see Tim Cook make some big changes with regards to the closed off nature of the OS, streaming music service, better cloud syncing etc – nothing has really changed though.

    They need to forgot about Jobs and some of his ideas. He is dead and isn’t coming back and quite clearly a lot of his so called great ideas are no longer working for the company. They need to start redefining the direction of the company. If that means opening up the OS to a certain degree, developing apps for Android, etc – then they need to do it and quickly!

    That’s just my $0.02 anyway.

  • Djembeman

    It would be interesting. Useful for playing my iTunes digital copies, instead of having to convert movie files from the DVD. Where I purchase music from doesn’t matter. Google and Amazon music import directly into iTunes as it is and I use the iSyncr app to sync my music and movies to my Android phone over my home WiFi automatically every night.

  • truth_cutz

    I’ll pass….

  • Stone Cold

    This needs to happen there are some albums I just can’t find anywhere else.

  • Richard Giordano

    ill give itunes on android a try but Google Play Music is just so much better

  • Dave

    My knee jerk reaction is “No…Apple sucks.” However, I have all my music duplicated in Play and Itunes. I’ve noticed that native Itunes music sounds light years better than music I imported thru conversion into Play music manager. This is noticed more in older files that are only in WMA format that came from WMP. I’m guessing there is a quality degradation from conversion? I compete in car audio competition and have been using my archaic iphone 3g instead of my Note 2, due to less feedback and higher recording levels, with Play I have to increase the volume 2-4 notches higher for the same dB output, which increases input sensitivity and audible distortion.

  • d-rock

    I think it’s a great idea. Openness is great. Also, there’s some music that iTunes has that Google does not. Google is multiplatform, why not Apple? Android is just another platform. I think they should do this with their books, music, and video. Ultimately give the consumer choice in both hardware, software, and media.

  • Arty McBert

    Why would I want that sorry excuse of bloatware clogging up my userspace?

  • I’d use it for my older music collection… but not for much more.

  • Jordan Harvey

    This would have been a smart move on their part before Google Music, Spotify, Beats, etc had established the market on Android. Can’t even remember the last time I loaded Itunes.

  • Jonathan

    Even though I don’t use iTunes anymore, I used to, and I wouldn’t mind having the option open.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    Most of my music has been purchased through iTunes… At the time they had much more of a selection than android ever thought of having so yeah I would use the service

  • RichFromBX

    I keep going back and forth on which service to commit to. iTunes as a droid owner is pretty much out but at the same time like a lot of other people I do have itunes music that’s just sitting there so this probably wouldn’t be a bad thing.

    Which of the services available on android do people find the best, Spotify or Google – keeping in mind that offline play is just as, if not more, important as streaming.

    • I use Google Play All Access and I couldn’t really be any happier. Doesn’t hurt that I signed up the day it became available and pay only $7.99/month. Offline play is a great strength of the service, and the catalog is very expansive.

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  • RaptorOO7

    Google should say FU to apple on the itunes app. iOS is a closed environment rules by a totalitarian mindset and won’t allow any competition into their market space so why should Google allow itunes store into their.

  • HotRodJohnson

    I’d use it, just to get my damn albums off of there!

  • cgalyon

    I would like to see this just because it means more choices and competition. Not a big fan of the clunky software that is iTunes, but maybe they would actually streamline the app to be more competitive

  • Rodeojones000

    Nothing wrong with another music service option on Android, but I’m not interested. It’s been years since I purchased music from iTunes and I’m now an All Access subscriber with Play Music.

  • Prime7

    Thanks, but no thanks. iTunes is the reason I don’t want an iOS device.

  • SplashMTN

    iTunes radio is legit. I really enjoyed that feature for the brief time I had an iPhone. I now have All Access and it’s nice, but I almost always get playback errors, even when I’m on a strong wifi connection. It’s frustrating because pandora and 8 tracks work just fine, but Google Music has issues – at least for me.

  • Michael Johnson

    lol no

  • Frisi

    I stopped using iTunes as soon as Google Music launched. And even before that, I preferred Amazon mp3 store over iTunes. If iTunes comes to Android, I’d skip over it. It’s not compelling to me.

  • Menger40

    I had an iPod in the mid 00’s. I liked the device itself, but I hated dealing with iTunes, which made my modest windows laptop struggle quite a bit. I don’t know if it’s better now or what (my current computer certainly is), but I have no inclination to give it another shot. I’ve been happy with Google Play Music.

  • cgmartin33

    Apple…save yourself the effort.

  • Seiga

    Somewhere out there…. Steve Jobs’ is facepalming himself for allowing Tim Cook to ever consider putting an Apple App on Google Play. LOL.

  • Eric Blackman

    I cut the iTunes chord when Google music let me upload all my songs and gave me an acceptable alternative.

  • Dan Reed

    Maybe next Android will get Siri, Airdrop, and Safari! Lol

    • Chris

      choices are good right?

      • Dan Reed

        Yeah why not? Android has so many choices already, why not three more?

  • breadable

    Before I got my OG Droid, like many people, I had an old iPod and some music I had purchased on it. Back in 2009 before the feud between Apple and Google was so obvious I was surprised and disappointed that there was no iTunes app for android and my music was now trapped and useless to me.

    So I found ways to hack my music off of the iPod, eventually moved it into Google play music and moved on.

    It would have been nice in 2009, but it’s too late now Apple!

    • Chris

      never too late to have choices, something you are limited to on the iphone.

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  • morgan boyle

    the good thing about this is that those users who feel trapped to using iPhones because they invested in a iTunes music can now make the jump over. and i know you can bring your music over but many people dont know how to.

    • Jeff C

      so many of my friends list this as one of their top reasons for keeping their iphones. “but ill lose my music”. no youre just computer illiterate 🙁 . This will make it easier for those folks.

      • morgan boyle

        Google should release software/app to help make this easy and publicly well known.

  • flosserelli

    Go home, Tim Cook, you are drunk. No one wants your crappy iTunes on their android device.

    • Chris

      the hardcore android nerd like your self maybe….

      • flosserelli

        I’ve had iPhones and iPods. I still use iTunes on rare occasion for an iPad 2. If I had my choice, I would definitely forgo iTunes. Dragging & dropping files to my android devices is much easier & quicker than firing up a bloated second-rate program to do the same thing, but that’s just me. Maybe you enjoy doing that, and that’s fine. Whatever floats your boat.

        • Chris

          if you are talking about iTunes on windows then yeah….

        • Intellectua1

          You mean whatever floats your bloat.. Lol

  • Droid Ronin

    iTunes has quite possibly the worst interface. No way should it make its home on Android. Get out of town.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Do you mean the mobile interface?

    • Chris

      mobile or desktop? those are two different things buddy.

      • Droid Ronin


  • chirisdex

    As a new income, The apple company will also make an effort to release a true on-demand service to contend against Spotify, Surpasses Music, and Google’s All Access, according to this review.


  • Haha, what a joke. No one will use this. The only people that might are iPhone users who have been waiting for this so they could try out Android and save all their precious purchased songs.

    • PoisonApple31

      Those iPhone users can just download DRM-free versions of the their purchased songs from iTunes Cloud. I don’t use iTunes anymore, but at this point I wouldn’t doubt if you could just convert them to a DRM-free format too within the software.

      • PoisonApple31

        It is sad how many iTunes users don’t realize they can do this. You don’t need to fricken have iTunes on Android – you can just get your music you bought from iTunes DRM-free and play on any platform!

  • BobButtons

    Google All Access needs to let you update cover art and the artist images. So much of my information is wrong when I upload music even though it’s all neatly embedded into the music prior to uploading.

    • Kyle Miller

      You can. I update my music info & images all the time. You just have to take the time to do it.

      • PoisonApple31

        I think he means in the app, not on the web.

  • flosserelli

    Go home, Tim Cook, you are drunk. No one wants your crappy iTunes on their android device.

    • Chris

      you don’t

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Go home Tim, your wasted.

  • David Rodriguez

    If it somehow lets me stream my stuff I already own on iCloud (built up a sizable digital copy collection) then yeah I’d use it. If it’s gonna be strictly for music then yeah now way, only reason I ever browse the iTunes catalog is because they get a lot of exclusive stuff, if it wasn’t for that Amazon MP3 all the way.

  • j


    But if Apple wants to stay relevant in music, they need to expand,

    • Adrynalyne

      Not sure I agree. iTunes usage is one of the things that drives people to buy iPhones. iTunes is pretty relevant as a software package itself. It sucks on Windows though.

      • j

        Streaming is eating into singular music purchases like crazy.. just saying their current purchase model, on iOS or desktop only, won’t cut it forever. Not saying they need to expand to Android necessarily.

        • Adrynalyne

          iTunes streams as well.

          • j

            iTunes has no streaming music service. do not confuse with the ability to stream music. People are moving away from purchasing singular albums or songs, and towards streaming services that offer large catalogs for one price.

          • Adrynalyne
  • bitbank

    I haven’t used iTunes in years, but my memories of it on Windows were similar to a virus – something you try to eradicate at all costs. Google Music for my uses is excellent and I normally avoid all Apple products, so I won’t use iTunes in any form. That being said, more competition is good for the consumer, so it can only help spur Google to improve their music offerings if it ever comes to Android.

    • Adrynalyne

      Its good on OS X, but afaik, its still crappy on Windows in comparison.

    • Nah, it’s not that bad — it’s just not as polished as the Mac release (for obvious reasons).

      Also, we should get away from that “I will never use brand X” philosophy! That absolutist approach gets in the way of considering good (and potentially superior) products.

  • I would use it if only for the fact that it might let me watch the movies that I’ve gotten digitally which all seem to only use iTunes.

    • nate

      Same.. the DRM on their movies and TV shows is ridiculous

  • themaestrod

    I may be in the minority, but I love this. iTunes is WAY bigger than Apple. The world’s biggest music store is currently locked down to one mobile platform, that needs to be changed.

    • Chris

      This is where people clearly are clueless. The fact that iTunes had a better selection is what draws the people (not the nerds) to it.

      • Wintoon

        Come on! Not the nerds? Only a music nerd would ever know that there is a better selection to be had in iTunes. I certainly did not. I use All Access and have never not found anything at all. I dont think any “non music nerd” even knows there is a difference between iTunes and Google Play except one is Apple the other Google.

    • Albert

      Agreed, I absolutely love iTunes. Its far better than the Google Play Music app. Not to mention, I already have 100% of my stuff on iTunes in the cloud. If I had access to that, I would have no reason to ever get an iPhone. And to those nay sayers who think oh I should just download my entire library and then upload it to Google. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

    • Miguel Angel Portela

      Not in the minority at all. This whole song and dance of Android vs Apple is exhausting. I use iTunes, not just because I have an iPad but because I can get music from France, Italy, Japan, and Korea when they’re out. Yeah, not a big deal for a lot of people, but for those who want international releases, iTunes hits the spot. This isn’t just for minor releases but major ones as well.

    • Intellectua1

      I’d definitely welcome iTunes on Android. It’s better than Google Music. I hate the fact that I bought an album on Play Music and could only listen to it on the Play Music app and had to get on my PC just to download it. If I can buy music on iTunes and it downloads straight to my phone this will be a win..

  • Chris Schmucker

    Steve Jobs just turned in his grave.

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  • Mordecaidrake

    The reason why I like this concept is only due to easier offline playback. Google Music is great, but it really really needs a desktop application that can be used when offline. That’s one reason why I’d use iTunes over Google Music All Access.

    • meijin3

      In Windows 8 I’ve been using GMusicW. It works well and looks good.

      • Mordecaidrake

        I’m a little paranoid about giving 3rd parties my Google Account information. I’d rather have 1 application manage it, one from Google.

    • Fiorta

      ITunes offline is the songs still stored on your HDD yes?

      • Mordecaidrake

        Yes, they’re stored on your local machine. Say I purchase music from Google, I can download it sure, but I still need another player to play the music on my computer. With iTunes, it’s all in the one application.

        • Fiorta

          Meh… That saves you literally what like 2 seconds on a double click?

          • Mordecaidrake

            I’m an All Access subscriber, no offline playback on desktop for that music.

  • Mayoo

    If iTunes get to Android, we can hit the final nail on the coffin of Google Music in Canada

  • Jody Clark

    Maybe its just me, but I do not like jumping into multiple ecosystems but rather stick to the one I have vested most of my money in already, at least on the music front. I didn’t want to re-buy albums/songs as Apple finally started to tie you music purchases to your account before I jumped to the android world. So I currently use Doubletwist for ease of use with my Library and import playlist. Downside is I have to buy something in the desktop client on iTunes then import…very old days of doing things. I for one would love this as I could from this point on log into a new android device, download iTunes app, download music to phone, and keep purchasing under my account where all my music purchases exists today.

  • Tom Yarrish

    Apparently someone was so excited about this post they spelled Official wrong. 🙂

  • mustbepbs

    The reason I went Android is to get away from iTunes.

    • BobbyG

      good thing you have a choice

      • Miguel Angel Portela

        Haven’t you heard? iTunes isn’t software. It’s a sentient being that follows people apparently lol

    • Chris

      but if it does come to android guess what? you don’t have to use it.

    • Collin Chapin

      True, but I had a prime example of why this is needed this weekend.

      I may not be an “Apple person” but I love my Macbook. I lost it and discovered quite quickly that unless I got my hands on another APPLE DEVICE (which I don’t own) I couldn’t use the “Find my iPhone” (or in this case, my Macbook).

      Fortunately my girlfriend does have an iPhone and I was able to locate it… but PLEASE release an Android version of this also.

      • Daniel Maginnis

        I’ve been able to login to icloud.com as long as desktop mode is enabled. Its a PITA but more of a short coming of my small screen, chrome rendering and apple coding. Worked fine to track down my gf phone in a pinch. Haven’t tried any apt browser either.

        • Collin Chapin

          Thanks for mentioning that. I’ll check it out!

    • Javier Rivera Carozzi

      If iTunes for windows is any indication, a possible android version will suck.

    • guest

      that’s the reason you went android?… that makes me sad 🙁

    • Mark

      It’ll probably be just as bloated, unstable and slow as iTunes for Windows.

      • LupineMP3j

        I noticed iTunes and Safari for Windows are both like that, but both actually extremely snappy on Mac. No surprise, eh? XD

  • T4rd

    Who buys music anymore? Just stream it from the plethora of music services available. Very few artists/albums warrant my purchase anymore.

    • perfectalpha

      I agree and this is a debate I have with a friend. What Apple and Microsoft have realized a bit late (and Apple is clearly the LAST to realize this) is that services will become more important than the devices themselves. The devices are simply an end point for the services that you will be using. Who seriously wants to be buying music, and then have to transfer it from device to device? Give me a break!
      Folks can use Spotify, pick up ANY mobile device and sign in and all their playlists, and content is available them right away. If Apple isn’t coming with a service like that (which appears to be in the works), it is DOA and they may as well not even waste their time.

  • Adrynalyne

    It seems unlikely. iTunes is one of the things they do to retain customers and Apple is primarily a hardware company. That they are a hardware company makes it even more unlikely to spread their key software application(s) to other (mobile) platforms.

  • The Narrator

    Can’t wait for the iOS version of Google Play All Access!

  • Adrian Lumani


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  • Arnold

    Since Amazon MP3 frequently offers albums at half the price as iTunes, I’ve moved away from it. iTunes is just becoming irrelevant.

    • Chris

      choices are never irrelevant.

      • Arnold

        You have the choice to pay $9.99 for an album on iTunes that Amazon sells for $6.99. You are correct.

        • Chris

          depends on what album,….

          • OF

            Keep reaching.

        • LiterofCola


  • Sharkh20

    I sense a “Said no one ever” comment coming on.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    I always hated setting up my mom’s iPhone because it had to be tethered to a computer for stupid iTunes. Can’t imagine android people giving up this freedom

    • T4rd

      I know virtually nothing about iTunes or iOS, but I’m pretty sure that iTunes tether requirement was removed in iOS 5 or 6. Or at least the system update portion of it.

      • Adrynalyne

        Yeah, I’ve been updating my daughter’s iPhones OTA for the last two years.

    • You haven’t needed to use iTunes to activate for awhile now. You can restore your device entirely from iCloud, if you’ve backed up enough of it.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        For the music part I have to. There is no other way as far as I know

        • You do if it’s music you got from non-iTunes sources (CD rips and the like). Anything you grabbed from the iTunes Store you can download directly — it’ll just take a long time unless you have a really good connection.

          • El_Big_CHRIS

            Yeah all her music is old ripped CDs

    • Chris

      “freedom” from what? doing the same thing they’ve always done. The iphone has been Over the air for a while now…..