The Metro UI is horrible for PCs or laptops, but fine for phones. I have a Lumia 520, and as I described above, the OS is good. Only thing it's missing are some games, but since I don't migrate to the latest fad in games, it doesn't matter. I have most of the things I need on this phone.
However, just b'cos it's great for a phone doesn't mean that it's the right choice for a PC. The only project that's gotten it right is KDE - they have Plasma Desktops, Plasma Netbooks and Plasma Active for desktops, laptops, netbooks and tablets. So each UI is optimized for the right platform.
As long as you're not into the whole "Games" thing.
It's not a bad phone. Too bad the negative publicity over Windows 8 has drowned out any real discussions over Windows Phone 8 & Lumia. B'cos the phone itself is great, and the OS has a decent applications collection, barring games. But it has most of the apps that one would find useful - from Whats App to HERE maps to unit converters & other utilities. In fact, MS OneNote, whose use I could never figure out on a laptop, was self explanatory here when you look at the samples provided, and I use it to make shopping lists, list my car repair work and so on. Typing on this is a lot smoother than on either an Apple or an Android phone, since it correctly guesses words, but unlike Symbian, doesn't try to force you into accepting its guesses when the look-up is on: in fact, this is the best phone for typing.
But yeah, if the main thing you want to do w/ your phone other than talking is playing games, then either iPhone or Androids are better
No, Apple is not packaging them up and putting them on iTunes. Apple doesn't own the copyrights. Apple Corps, the corporation founded by the members of the Beetles who do have the copyrights, is the one releasing them on iTunes.
When you have two entities that have almost the same name involved in the same story, it makes a different to differentiate the two to be absolutely clear. But this is Slashdot after all...
Apple Corps has had a long history of trademark disputes with Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.). The dispute was finally resolved in 2007, with Apple Corps transferring ownership of the "Apple" name and all associated trademarks to Apple Inc., and Apple Inc. exclusively licensing these back to the Beatles' company. In April 2007, Apple also settled a long running dispute with EMI and announced the retirement of chief executive Aspinall. Aspinall was replaced by Jeff Jones.