It’s had a good run, but iTunes is finished. Bloomberg says Apple is replacing the nearly decades old media player with standalone apps (Music, TV, and Podcasts), which could be revealed at WWDC 2019 next week.
iTunes has been the way Apple users listen to music, watch movies and TV shows, hear podcasts, and manage their devices for almost two decades. This year, Apple is finally ready to move into a new era. The company is launching a trio of new apps for the Mac – Music, TV, and Podcasts – to replace iTunes. That matches Apple’s media app strategy on iPhones and iPads. Without iTunes, customers can manage their Apple gadgets through the Music app.
The first version of iTunes was introduced by Steve Jobs way back in 2001, who called it “miles ahead of every other jukebox application.” But as the years went on, users began flocking to alternatives.
iTunes has attracted its fair share of criticism over the years for being bloated software, so its split into dedicated Music, TV, and Podcasts apps will be much welcomed. Earlier this week, leaked screenshots provided us with our first glimpse at what the Music and TV apps should look like on macOS 10.15.