Apple is formally phasing out iTunes within the firm’s newest Mac software program replace.
The Mac replace launched yesterday (October 7), dubbed Catalina, is the ultimate nail within the coffin for the 18-year-old music program, Associated Press experiences. iTunes will likely be hidden for Apple Music subscribers, until they restore it of their settings, and as beforehand reported, this system’s capabilities will likely be distributed throughout totally different apps.
iTunes has been changed on the Mac by the brand new apps Apple Music – which will get the previous iTunes icon – Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. Customers will nonetheless be capable to entry their music library, with tracks and albums beforehand purchased from iTunes, and buy music on the brand new Music app.
The iTunes retailer for TV and films has been absorbed into the brand new TV app, which mixes movies accessible for buy and hire with different motion pictures and reveals. From November 1, that may embody premium content material from Apple TV+, the tech large’s new subscription service.
Apple introduced iTunes in 2001, and revolutionised digital music with the 2003 launch of the iTunes retailer. In 2015, Apple launched the streaming service Apple Music. Two years in the past, the company actually denied it was aiming to shut down iTunes in 2019. However in Might this yr, the corporate introduced at a keynote at a builders’ convention that iTunes was indeed being retired.