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Apple Kills iTunes Following macOS Update After 18 Good Years
By Thanussha Priyah, 09 Oct 2019
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Another era has ended with the launch of macOS Catalina, as Apple has removed iTunes. In the software’s place, three standalone apps have surfaced: Apple TV; Music; Podcasts.
Apple announced the removal of iTunes back in June as it got too messy. Now, iTunes will be dropped, so users can listen to music in the Music app, hear podcasts under Podcasts and watch movies and television shows in the TV app with access to more options.
The Music app features over 50 million songs from Apple Music, in addition to playlists and music videos.
However, those who would like to listen to their old library or access the iTunes Store to purchase music can still do so.
Apple Podcasts has a catalog of over 700,000 shows, and includes curated collections and new show categories as well as optimized search tools. Users can also opt to get notifications when new episodes of their favorite shows are released.
The Apple TV+ streaming subscription service, accessible through the new Apple TV app, drops on 1 November 2019 for Mac, allowing users to stream films and television shows. Apple TV will also showcase partnering channels and personalized recommendations with a library of over 100,000 iTunes movies and television programs to buy or rent.
However, this update only affects Mac users, which means iTunes is still available on Windows computers installed with the iTunes app.
Without a doubt, though, this is a huge shift as iTunes reflected an era for longtime users.
[via Dazed Digital, images via Apple]
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