Windows Phone App for Desktop beta now available

By Kip Kniskern | Posted November 9, 2012 10 comments

wp8 connectAt the Windows Phone 8 launch event in San Francisco last Monday, Microsoft announced a set of applications to make it easier to sync your music and photos to your new Windows 8 phone, including syncing (non-drm) music and playlists from Apple’s iTunes.

The Windows Phone app for Windows 8 has been available since just before the launch event, but another component, the Windows Phone App for Desktop, which allows users to sync their iTunes or Windows Libraries from Windows 8 or Windows 7 (or, with the Windows Phone app for Mac, from a Mac), was just released a few days ago.

The app allows you to sync music, playlists, photos, videos, and ringtones, but does not allow for any management of music or playlists, like the Zune app does, for example, or the Xbox Music for Windows 8 Metro app, or iTunes, so you’ll still need another app to create playlists, etc.:

wp8 app

Still, and particularly if you’ve been using iTunes, the app makes it easy to get your music on your new Windows Phone 8 device.

The Windows Phone for Desktop app will not run on Windows RT devices (like the Surface RT), so you’re going to have to get by with a patchwork of apps if you plan on creating playlists and then managing them and syncing them to multiple devices, including a Windows Phone, your desktop Windows 7 or 8 PC, and a Windows RT tablet or device.  A bit confusing, and oh, speaking of confusing, here’s what you get if you type in “Windows Phone” from a Windows 8 PC that has both the desktop and Metro apps installed:

windows phone apps

Take your pick!

You can get the Windows Phone 8 App for Desktop (beta) here.

(via Windows Phone Daily)

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 10:22 am
  • Ray Wall

    I really hope that after my phone finally updates to WP7.8 it will have the capability to use software such as this. I really don’t want to use the Zune software on Windows 8.

    • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe Morales

      Why is that? By the looks of this and the Windows 8-style app it is a very, very, veeeeery stripped-down version of what Zune software is capable of.

      This now seems to me like the Windows Phone app for Mac which requires TWO applications to manage music for my phone.

  • Ray Wall

    I really hope that after my phone finally updates to WP7.8 it will have the capability to use software such as this. I really don’t want to use the Zune software on Windows 8.

    • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

      Why is that? By the looks of this and the Windows 8-style app it is a very, very, veeeeery stripped-down version of what Zune software is capable of.

      This now seems to me like the Windows Phone app for Mac which requires TWO applications to manage music for my phone.

  • http://twitter.com/TheRealScottR Scott Roberts

    Wow, this seems like a big mistake by MS. Getting Music on our phone and integrating it into Windows machines is a key feature. This should really be more straight forward and seemless. I’m sure they’ll fix it up shortly, but new adopters might be put off by this. You never get a 2nd chance to make a first impression.

    • Damaster – LiveSide.net

      Not really. It can’t be more simple than drag and drop music in Windows Explorer, which WP8 now supports.
      In terms of playlists, Xbox Music also now sync your playlists to the cloud across Win8, WP8, and Xbox.
      iTunes support I’d say is an added bonus for users who switched from the iOS environment to WP8, making the switch easier.
      The only problem I see right now with the app is podcast support, which ironically works better with iTunes.

  • TheRealScottR

    Wow, this seems like a big mistake by MS. Getting Music on our phone and integrating it into Windows machines is a key feature. This should really be more straight forward and seemless. I’m sure they’ll fix it up shortly, but new adopters might be put off by this. You never get a 2nd chance to make a first impression.

    • damaster

      Not really. It can’t be more simple than drag and drop music in Windows Explorer, which WP8 now supports.
      In terms of playlists, Xbox Music also now sync your playlists to the cloud across Win8, WP8, and Xbox.
      iTunes support I’d say is an added bonus for users who switched from the iOS environment to WP8, making the switch easier.
      The only problem I see right now with the app is podcast support, which ironically works better with iTunes.

  • http://twitter.com/theburgertruck Cafe de Wheels

    speaking of iTunes, any way to get music purchased on iTunes to play on a windows phone? Since there is no iTunes for a wIndowspHone… is there? iaM sO tIred oF 2Nd caps …

  • http://twitter.com/theburgertruck Cafe de Wheels

    speaking of iTunes, any way to get music purchased on iTunes to play on a windows phone? Since there is no iTunes for a wIndowspHone… is there? iaM sO tIred oF 2Nd caps …