Farewell to iTunes as Apple puts an end to it
Apple Confirms the End of iTunes. It’s official — Apple is getting rid of iTunes. … The reveal was made today at Apple’s 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, with senior vice-president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announcing the iTunes app will be discontinued.
But as the application is still largely used, including on Windows computers, iTunes may not have yet said its last word. It is possible that iTunes does not fit the firm’s business model any longer as a central hub for music and content purchases. The Slicing up of iTunes into three different applications: Music, TV, and Podcasts would make a lot of senses.
Apple Music has roughly 56 million subscribers worldwide, in comparison to over 100 million supported by Spotify.
Apple is ending its iconic iTunes media library, while the service will be replaced by three applications.
18 years after the launch of iTunes,
Apple is preparing to bury its digital content distribution service online.
Launched in 2001 with the very first iPod, iTunes was a revolution, while Steve Jobs and Apple offered us a whole new way to consume our music before launching the iTunes Store in 2003.
Never had we really had an online store that allowed us to legally buy our music on the internet.
18 years later in the era of streaming, iTunes is preparing to bow.
Three apps to replace iTunes
Many Internet users have noticed that Apple has removed its iTunes accounts from various social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which augur well for something.
Sources told the Bloomberg website earlier that Apple did intend to replace iTunes with three new, separate apps.
This was previously confirmed by Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, at the annual WWDC conference.
It must be said that iTunes concentrated several services in one with not only music, movies, broadcasts, podcasts, books while being the software to synchronize our iPhone, iPod and iPad.
iTunes will be replaced by Apple Music for music, Apple TV one for shows and movies and finally by Apple Podcast and one for podcasts.
in place of iTunes, three new media streaming apps will be introduced — Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. The change will coincide with the introduction of OS X 10.15, otherwise known as Catalina. This new version of iOS is set to be released in September.
The new apps will feature new sidebars and clearer menus that aim to be easier to navigate compared to iTunes. Users who use still used iTunes for syncing will no longer see an app pop up, with phones and iPods now syncing through the sidebar in Finder.
Apple also clarified that through the Music app users will still “have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD.”
To help facilitate the shift, developers will also receive a set of new iOS app tools at WWDC. These tools will help developers create iOS apps for Mac and desktop systems, which in turn will help create a unified front towards apps, with the overall goal being improving app compatibility and cohesion across the entire iOS ecosystem.
A new Apple Watch or iPhone is not expected at this year’s WWDC. However, Apple often showcases some form of device at the conference, and this year’ may reportedly be a new Mac Book Pro model.
Note that these three applications will be available on Mac, while iTunes will still be available for PCs.
If we believe the information on the Apple site, all that we bought will be synchronized on the iCloud and will be accessible again through the three applications.
As for the management of our iPhone, iPod or iPad, all will pass from the Finder on Mac. We can manage our music, photos, and applications.
Stay tuned for more in the coming days, weeks and months to come,