Apple Shuts Down iTunes In Favor Of 3 New Apps

Apple Shuts Down iTunes In Favor Of 3 New Apps

By portioning out its music, television and podcast offerings into three separate platforms, Apple will pointedly draw attention to itself as a multifaceted entertainment services provider, no longer as a hardware company that happens to sell entertainment through one of its many apps.

It's unclear whether Apple is killing iTunes for Windows and whether it plans to launch these three new apps on Microsoft's operating system as well, else users wh have invested in iTunes content are in for a world of pain.

IPhone updates can now be handled wirelessly, and Apple said it will replace iTunes with standalone apps for music, video content and podcasts, similar to how those tasks are handled on iPhones and iPads.

The move to phase out iTunes doesn't come as a total surprise as the company has been pushing users toward its Apple Music subscription service. It became the biggest online music store and the de facto digital library on Mac and PCs.

Apple Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and other leaders will be presenting the updates at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, beginning June 3.

Last year Apple introduced such a theme for its Mac series of computers and it has been widely tipped the firm is planning to give its smartphone and tablet lineups the same treatment.

The apps will be available as part of Catalina, Apple's new desktop operating system. Apple TV will wrap in the company's forthcoming streaming video service.

Apple launched iTunes in 2001, allowing users to individually purchase, rent and download media via the iTunes store.

It's the end of an era for iTunes.

If you really want to try out the macOS 10.15 Catalina Developer Preview, and you're not now enrolled in Apple's Developer Program, then go to the Apple Developer Program enrollment webpage, which will show you everything you need to sign up.

As is traditional at WWDC, other Apple software is also expected to be updated.

Find My Mac will be now called Find My and will help you find your lost or stolen devices even easier - now it can be done even when the Mac is offline.

Apple has also shared a preview of iOS 13, a new iPadOS, and a powerful, all-new Mac Pro.

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