In an interview with CNN Money, Reller said that Microsoft had tried to convince Apple to build a tile-based, Metro-style app, only to reveal that the approach had fallen on deaf ears.
“The welcome mat has been laid out. It’s not for a lack of trying,” said Reller. “You shouldn't expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon.”
This news is bound to be a big blow for Microsoft, not only in its bid to increase the number of high-quality apps (Windows 8 currently has 60,000 apps) but also because The Verge reports that iTunes has been one of the most searched applications on the Windows Store.
It is worth noting that the media library application is actually available on Windows 8, albeit in the “desktop mode” which is easier to operate with a keyboard and mouse than it is on a tablet touchscreen.
Windows RT users won't be able to access iTunes at all though, as the operating system — which is powered by ARM processors — only runs Metro-style Windows 8 apps.