Apple made it official right this moment, throughout the iPhone maker’s annual developer convention in San Jose. After 18 years, the corporate is lastly breaking apart the long-lasting leisure hub generally known as the iTunes Retailer that had been the gateway to, first, music after which films, TV reveals and extra for Apple machine house owners.
If you happen to’ve paid consideration to tech information headlines right this moment, or actually for the previous day or so, you may need seen a model of this announcement — that Apple, mainly, is “killing” iTunes. That’s form of proper, but additionally form of flawed. Right here’s what’s actually occurring.
With the arrival of iOS 13 this fall, there’ll nonetheless be a devoted iTunes Retailer app in your iOS machine, an Apple spokesman confirmed to me. You’ll nonetheless have the ability to buy and obtain music there to personal, if you wish to truly personal the tunes and never merely stream them by Apple’s Music app. You’ll additionally nonetheless have the ability to purchase and lease films and TV reveals by that iTunes Retailer app, along with having the ability to take action by Apple’s TV app.
Likewise, you’ll nonetheless have the ability to use iTunes Retailer reward playing cards to make these purchases we’ve simply described.
Now, let’s speak in regards to the arrival of macOS Catalina this fall.
iTunes on the desktop — reasonably than being “killed,” per se — is as an alternative transitioning to devoted apps for Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts. I used to be informed after Apple’s WWDC 2019 occasion right this moment that Mac customers will nonetheless have the ability to basically entry the iTunes music retailer from throughout the desktop Music app. Customers may also have the ability to purchase films and TV reveals from throughout the Apple TV app.
If you wish to obtain and personal your music, the iTunes music retailer will probably be accessible from an “improved” desktop sidebar. Extra importantly, all of the iTunes-related purchases and libraries you’ve constructed up through the years — they’ll now be discovered inside every app on the Mac, relying what sort of content material it’s.
This evolution of iTunes away from a one-stop desktop expertise had been anticipated for some time now, particularly as Apple has put extra emphasis on its subscription choices just like the streaming Apple Music service. Customers had additionally clamored for extra simplicity as iTunes grew to become feature-laden and a bit bloated within the years since its launch again in 2001.
Apple walked by the modifications right this moment throughout its Worldwide Builders Convention as half of a bigger unveiling of iOS 13 — the subsequent iteration of its cell working software program which is coming this fall. As we walk through here, iOS 13 will embody quite a lot of enhancements like a brand new darkish mode, plus a extra pure Siri voice in addition to giving customers extra management over how their location is shared when apps request that knowledge, amongst different modifications.