Apple iTunes for macOS will be replaced with three of the company’s app – Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV in macOS Catalina. This was announced at Apple’s ongoing Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California.
On Windows, the iTunes app will continue to function as is for now, though it is unclear what will happen when the final version of macOS Catalina is released for everyone. The iTunes experience will remain unchanged on iPhones.
Apple users will still be able to access sync and access their music library on iPod, iOS devices, as well as iPad. “The new Music app for Mac is lightning fast, fun and easy to use. Apple Music will help users discover great new music with over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos,” Apple said in a press statement.
The new Apple Music app will allow users to access to their entire music library at one place in a similar fashion to iTunes. The company has announced that the iTunes Music Store will not be shutting down.
The company announced its new redesigned Apple TV app a few months ago. The newly redesigned app will feature Apple TV channels, personalized recommendations and over 1,00,000 iTunes movies and TV shows. It also announced that during this fall we will get to see the launch of the Apple TV+ service, which will be similar to Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video.
Coming to the new Apple Podcasts app, which will be the third app that will be replacing iTunes. It will offer consumers over 7,00,000 podcasts at the time of launch. The app will also consist of a subscription option, which will notify users of any new podcasts from their favourite sources as soon as they become available.
Earlier to sync iPhones, iPods and iPads, users had to connect their devices to a Mac/PC and open iTunes. After iTunes is discontinued users will only be required to connect their devices to a Mac after which the device will immediately show up in the Finder in a similar fashion to how it shows in iTunes.