1. johnfishcurtis's Avatar
    Just visited PC World (UK) to buy the RT with keyboard, card in machine to buy whilst chatting to sales person, who then informs me i cant run iTunes.

    Gutted!

    Is there a windows tablet that does allow iTunes, or do i have to buy a laptop?
    09-25-2013 05:39 AM
  2. Mr. Brown's Avatar
    Check out the atom based tablets that are priced like the RT, they can run full x86 apps. For example the Asus VivoTab Smart.
    09-25-2013 05:42 AM
  3. crash1989's Avatar
    In very simple terms devices which run Windows RT are tablets just like iPad and Nexus. So expect tablet apps to run on Surface RT (or whatever RT device you choose).

    For running iTunes you should buy a "Surface Pro" but it is twice as costly since it can run tablet apps and iTunes like software too. I call it a mini beast :).
    If it is music management you want Surface RT can do it without iTunes just like other tablets.

    I have posted these videos in other threads too I think they help in informing why Surface RT is a good tablet.



    09-25-2013 05:46 AM
  4. crash1989's Avatar
    Check out the atom based tablets that are priced like the RT, they can run full x86 apps. For example the Asus VivoTab Smart.
    I think the average people like my mom don't get what x86 apps are, I had some bad experience explaining this way before.
    09-25-2013 05:49 AM
  5. jasqid's Avatar
    If you want to run iTunes get an iPad. I'm sick and tired of people bashing surface because it doesn't run x86 apps. Or that the store doesn't have enough apps. I know you're not really bashing it, but every thread anymore I see has something negative. It really is a great device and having it a month now its been a great tool. Work and play!
    09-25-2013 05:55 AM
  6. martinmc78's Avatar
    I thought you could convert and transfer all iTunes content over to xbox music the same as you can on mobiles
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    09-25-2013 06:06 AM
  7. johnfishcurtis's Avatar
    Thanks for the replies so far. I do not want an iPad and the RT is more than sufficient. Only use iTunes for podcasts and occasional music downloads, also Amazon for music.
    09-25-2013 06:30 AM
  8. crash1989's Avatar
    Thanks for the replies so far. I do not want an iPad and the RT is more than sufficient. Only use iTunes for podcasts and occasional music downloads, also Amazon for music.
    http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/wi...-pick-podcasts

    http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/wi...pdash-podcasts

    6 Essential Apps For New Windows RT and Surface Owners - Forbes
    09-25-2013 06:40 AM
  9. taymur's Avatar
    Man, going Windows means leaving the Mac OS ecosystem behind, and btw, you will do that while having a very wide smile on your face of how elegant the Windows OS ecosystem is, if you are an average user you will be happy with it. I

    f you want something very niche then look for it and get it. the surface RT isnt built for niche its built for average.

    last, although it lacks a number if important apps (some have amazing alternatives which are actually better than the official), you still can access most of those services from the internet explorer. i dont have an RT device, but i think im going to buy nokias new one.
    09-25-2013 06:49 AM
  10. rmmoore80's Avatar
    Get a Surface RT or Surface 2 and use Xbox Music. Pair that with an Xbox Music Pass and you will never look back. Podcasts, music, etc. all at your fingertips. My wife and I both have Xbox Music Pass subscriptions. She downloads so much music with hers it is scary.
    09-25-2013 08:29 AM
  11. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    09-25-2013 08:37 AM
  12. johnfishcurtis's Avatar
    Think it will be a laptop now, as i also need to plug my iPod into the RT.
    09-25-2013 09:37 AM
  13. _Emi_'s Avatar
    even if you buy a tablet and run iTunes (which means it will be a x86 tablet) do you really want to go to desktop everytime you want to manage and listen to music?
    I know xbox music can import your iTunes playlist. but you know... I personally think its silly to get a tablet, a portable nice device just to run non touch optimized desktop applications that you would have to plug a mouse and a keyboard to make them work perfectly. you know, its not like iTunes its the best windows software anyway, so even if you can install it... doesn't that sounds like a waste of money if you will go desktop everytime you want to do that?

    also its worth to mention xbox music is not a nice alternative to iTunes. so if you want a surface and you have a xbox and such, it would be nice ecosystem for you.
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    09-25-2013 09:52 AM
  14. Pete's Avatar
    If you're buying a tablet, then the implication is that it's not your only computer (unless your computing needs are strictly limited to browsing/gaming/email/etc).

    If you do have another computer/laptop, then use that for your iTunes syncing. I've put iTunes on my main desktop computer upstairs and use that to manage my iPod. My Surface is free to do what it does best.
    09-25-2013 10:31 AM
  15. johnfishcurtis's Avatar
    If you're buying a tablet, then the implication is that it's not your only computer (unless your computing needs are strictly limited to browsing/gaming/email/etc).

    If you do have another computer/laptop, then use that for your iTunes syncing. I've put iTunes on my main desktop computer upstairs and use that to manage my iPod. My Surface is free to do what it does best.
    Have given it some thought. I will install iTunes on the desk top PC in the office & get the RT to replace my laptop.

    It will mostly be used for internet, picture storage (cloud), email and for the kids to play games.

    Will also get the keyboard :)
    09-25-2013 11:39 AM
  16. Pete's Avatar
    Good plan, it's exactly what I do. I've not used my laptop in a long time.
    09-25-2013 11:48 AM
  17. johnfishcurtis's Avatar
    One concern. The 32gb version in store only had 8gb of storage free!?!
    09-25-2013 11:59 AM
  18. z33dev33l's Avatar
    One concern. The 32gb version in store only had 8gb of storage free!?!
    mine had 19 plus the SD slot.
    09-25-2013 12:07 PM
  19. martinmc78's Avatar
    8.1 drops the OS space considerably and youve always got the option to free up 4gb putting the recovery partition on a usb
    09-25-2013 01:07 PM
  20. Pete's Avatar
    One concern. The 32gb version in store only had 8gb of storage free!?!
    The Windows folder is 8Gb, and there's a recovery partition of 3.5Gb.

    I wouldn't worry too much, especially since your iTunes music/video collection will be on your desktop.
    09-25-2013 01:08 PM
  21. crash1989's Avatar
    The Windows folder is 8Gb, and there's a recovery partition of 3.5Gb.

    I wouldn't worry too much, especially since your iTunes music/video collection will be on your desktop.
    Get an SD card too just in case.
    09-25-2013 01:20 PM
  22. Jazmac's Avatar
    In very simple terms devices which run Windows RT are tablets just like iPad and Nexus. So expect tablet apps to run on Surface RT (or whatever RT device you choose).

    For running iTunes you should buy a "Surface Pro" but it is twice as costly since it can run tablet apps and iTunes like software too. I call it a mini beast :).
    If it is music management you want Surface RT can do it without iTunes just like other tablets.

    I have posted these videos in other threads too I think they help in informing why Surface RT is a good tablet.



    Should be a sticky. The post of the year.
    rdubmu and crash1989 like this.
    09-26-2013 08:29 AM
  23. dkediger's Avatar
    ^ Absolutely - The second video in particularly. Gonna get some new toys, even at work to try all this with....
    rdubmu likes this.
    09-26-2013 03:11 PM
  24. Curtieson's Avatar
    Think it will be a laptop now, as i also need to plug my iPod into the RT.
    Did you ever get your RT and try the iPod in it?

    I've read somewhere that older iPods actually have no problem using the RT as a sync device, but the newer ones have different encryption. Curious if anyone else has heard this, and have more data/information?
    10-15-2013 12:48 PM

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