Chances are you have read or seen a lot of information regarding the ‘death of iTunes’. Such as Apple “killing off iTunes” or “shutting down iTunes”. This has caused a lot of confusion, but there is nothing to worry about.
I have been asked a lot of questions on what is happening to iTunes. The purpose of this article is to explain what is happening to iTunes.
The iTunes app was first announced in 2001 and has since become an app for music, TV shows and movies, Podcasts, and more. It became popular with the launch of the iPod then the iPhone and iPad.
However, since its release, a lot has changed. Most of us stream and download music from Apple Music rather than buying from the iTunes store. Apple will soon be launching its video streaming service called Apple TV+. And Podcasts are becoming more popular than over.
Three New Apps
To simplify and improve the experience of all these tasks, Apple will be replacing iTunes with three all-new apps. And will arrive with the release of macOS Catalina.
While these three apps will replace iTunes, all your previously purchased content will remain. But more importantly, they will offer a better experience and more features than the previous iTunes app. It also means Mac will mirror the same experience on the iPhone and iPad.
The three new standalone apps are called: Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts. And include the following features:
The new Apple Music app has been designed for Apple Music, but don’t worry, all your iTunes purchases will still be there. Anything you have previously imported into iTunes, even from a CD, will remain.
Lightning fast, fun and easy to use
Designed for Apple Music, but your iTunes content remains
Stream and download from over 50 million songs with Apple Music
Browse curated or your personalised playlists
Option to show and purchase music from the iTunes Store
Apple TV app
The all-new Apple TV app will be arriving at the Mac for the first time. Providing a much easier way to discover and watch Movies and TV Shows, get personalised recommendations, and more. It is also home to Apple TV+, Apple’s upcoming original video subscription service.
Buy and Rent from over 100,000 iTunes Movies and TV Shows
Enjoy 4K and Dolby Atmos-enabled content
All your previously purchased iTunes content will be available for downloading and/or streaming
The Apple Podcasts app will be home to over 700,000 shows with an option for new episodes to be automatically downloaded. All the shows and episodes you have previously subscribed to or downloaded from within iTunes will be available.
Over 700,000 shows
New categories and curated collections
Lastly, some have asked how do you sync an iPhone or iPad once iTunes has been broken up? Apple has explained syncing will still be possible by simply plugging in your device and finding it in the Finder app. Enabling you to backup, update or restore your device.
The new Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts apps will be arriving at Mac with the release of macOS Catalina. A release date has been given for sometime during Spring, 2019, however, you can get it now via a public beta.