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Microsoft: iTunes for Windows has too many limitations

On Wednesday, the day before Apple launched iTunes for Windows, Dave Fester, Microsoft’s General Manager of the Windows Digital Media Division, said that the Windows platform will be a challenge for Apple. “Unless Apple decides to make radical changes to their service model, a Windows-based version of iTunes will still remain a closed system, where iPod owners cannot access content from other services,” he said. “Users of iTunes are limited to music from Apple’s Music Store… this is a drawback for Windows users, who expect choice in music services, choice in devices, and choice in music from a wide-variety of music services to burn to a CD or put on a portable device. Lastly, if you use Apple’s music store along with iTunes, you don’t have the ability of using the over 40 different Windows Media-compatible portable music devices. When I’m paying for music, I want to know that I have choices today and in the future.”

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