Apple Announces the End of iTunes After 18 Years

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The clock is ticking and it’s time we say a partial goodbye to iTunes. The beloved software program Apple users have used since it was introduced in 2001 will be broken off. To clear up the confusion, Apple users will still be able to purchase music, podcast, and TV shows but it will be through separate programs.

Apple held its 2019 WWDC event in San Jose, California, where they introduced iOS 13 and a revolutionary new Mac Pro. While Apple’s keynotes generally reveal new products set to be released, one announcement revealed the end of an era. iTunes will soon be replaced by Apple Music, Apple TV, and Podcasts on the new MacOS Catalina. You’re probably already accustomed to some of these already but in the next macOS, these will be your go-to apps.

Future “without” iTunes

The Podcasts and TV applications already exists, reducing the need for iTunes. It will continue as a music store but Apple’s focus will turn to streaming inside the new Apple Music App. With streaming services like Spotify already present, Apple will need to find ways to attract users to their side. Moreover, device syncing will be moved to Finder on Mac. It is unclear what Windows users will be promoted to do.

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Rumors of an end to iTunes grew in the past weeks but in reality, Apple has reason for the change. Today, most users turn to music streaming rather than purchasing. In fact last year streaming produced about 75% of the music industries’ revenue. Not to worry, those that prefer to own their music going forward will still be able to within iTunes.

iTunes will be missed and its impact on the music industry will not be forgotten. In a constantly changing world, it was time for a change as iTunes was beginning to feel outdated. With MacOS Catalina reported to be released later this fall, there’s still time to enjoy iTunes to the fullest.


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