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esteban_cv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
When will be available the version of itunes for Linux?

Samsung R430, Other OS
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (44,495 points)
    They could be writing it right now and we wouldn't know it. They could have decided never to write one, and we wouldn't know it. All I know is we probably wouldn't know it. We're just other users like you and unless Apple makes an official announcement anything else is speculation, and speculation about Apple products is prohibited on the forums. That said, the percentage of Linux users is relatively small so I would not hold your breath.
  • nicklott Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Esteban, you're not allowed to mention Linux on these forums. Apple finds it too threatening. Your question will be deleted shortly.
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,805 points)
    Nonsense. I've seen a number of Linux related posts over the years, and none have been deleted unless the post was, or turned into, a rant. Note that this thread has been here for five days already; if a Host plans to delete a thread, it's generally done immediately. However, if you turn this thread into a rant, then you probably will get it pulled.

    Apple is not "threatened" by Linux; it almost certainly just that the desktop version of Linux has too small a market share at this time for Apple to devote the hundreds of programming hours it would take to port the entire iTunes "ecosystem" (which goes far beyond the iTunes application itself) to Linux.
  • Erufailon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I think that Apple should consider to make a basic version of iTunes for managing iPhone/iPod/iPad devices in Linux.
    Why should I buy a Mac or a Windows PC to backup or to sync my apps and music?
    My opinion is that Apple has only to gain from an action like that and nothing to lose.
  • DarkSign Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I so want an Itunes for linux. It could be just a light version, that would allow management of musics/photos/videos. Really, the other features like update of iOS, or App installing wouldn't need to be there.

    Another approaching would be for Apple to kinda open just the USB specification. You know, it's not like Linux doesn't have softwares to manage iPhones/iPods. It's just that the community doesn't have the USB specification to communicate with the devices.
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (21,910 points)
    DarkSign wrote:
    I so want an Itunes for linux. It could be just a light version, that would allow management of musics/photos/videos. Really, the other features like update of iOS, or App installing wouldn't need to be there.

    Another approaching would be for Apple to kinda open just the USB specification. You know, it's not like Linux doesn't have softwares to manage iPhones/iPods. It's just that the community doesn't have the USB specification to communicate with the devices.


    Touchy subject. For example, see here: http://gigaom.com/apple/usb-forum-sides-with-apple-over-palm/
  • userremoved Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok this is what I see is that people do not use Linux because there is no ITunes for Linux the so much people say that they would move over to Linux if there was ITunes for it must people just find it to hard or just could not be stuffed trying to mount there apple iPod/iPhone etc. any other way and people know with out real ITunes they can not do any updates to there apple products. Linux would have more users if ITunes was made available for Linux.  

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (7,295 points)

    to esteban erufailon darksign,

    why don't you go to the linux forums to see how to get software that is not (yet) available, many software is not available for linux.

    If you want to ask Apple about iTunes for linux, go to Apple and ask.

    We here are not Apple.

    Success,

    Lex

  • Crazy_Bear Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Linux is free, that could be why Apple only allow Mac or Windows, they care not for the people who are not sheeple

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (7,295 points)

    You CAN run Linux on a Mac: use Parallels Desktop and have Linux run in a virtual machine...

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,805 points)

    Crazy_Bear wrote:

     

    Linux is free, that could be why Apple only allow Mac or Windows, they care not for the people who are not sheeple

     

    Linux has only about 1% of the desktop market. That's a much more likely reason why Apple hasn't spent the money to port iTunes and all the underlying software (it's much more than just the iTunes application) to Linux.

     

    And I would suggest not insulting people who choose to run Mac OS X or Windows by calling them "sheeple". There are many good reasons why people choose one of those operating systems over Linux or another OS. Just because you chose Linux doesn't make everyone else wrong.

  • Jmh010 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I believe it would take ... maybe a week to get an almost-releasable version of iTunes for Linux. Mac OS is Unix-based. As in.. the complicated part is the same on both systems.

  • Omar J Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Because of IOS 5 & iCloud our chances to have iTunes on Linux are nearly impossible I mean the amount of users that use a Linux distro are nothing compared to Mac and Windows users. Plus I don't know a of Linux user that doesn't have a dual boot to be able to use windows as well. Let's face reality, it is naive of us to think that big companies have any interest in sharing their technology for free. open source is a nice idea but money is the driving engine of any business.

  • WthyrBendragon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Granted, Linux is a small percentage of the desktop market but... It's a growing share. Users are converting from Windows at increasing rates and they are converting without purchasing new hardware.

     

    Apple has, in addition to a fine stable of laptop, desktop, and even server systems, a very impressive array of portable devices. 

     

    My primary arguments in favor of Apple moving forward with iTunes for Linux are:

    • These small devices provide a market opportunity for content sales from the iTunes store
    • Competing small devices booting to Android and other OSes already have content store interfaces for Linux
    • I personally know several people who are looking at competing platforms for their portable devices because iOS device management interfaces are not available for Linux.

     

    iTunes for Linux does NOT need to be open sourced.  A proprietary, closed source binary distribution is adequate to gain acceptance by the Linux user community.  Additionally, a closed source distribution helps to ensure system and application security, as well as DRM.

     

    I would encourage Apple to distribute in the Debian .deb package format used by Ubuntu, Debian, and other popular desktop Linux distributions first. Addition of the Red Hat .rpm package format would be the second most popular distribution method.

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