Apple has officially broken up iTunes to make way for three new apps – Podcasts, TV and Music.
With the launch of macOS Catalina, Mac devices will come with separate apps for consuming podcasts, streaming music and playing videos.
Apple is effectively ‘replacing’ iTunes with the three separate apps, the firm said.
The new apps have ‘all the features you’d expect from iTunes, all while being blazingly fast.’
The Music, Podcasts and TV apps feature a streamlined design, with fewer tabs and a cleaner user interface.
With the Music app, users have access to over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos.
With the launch of macOS Catalina, Mac devices will come with separate apps for consuming podcasts, streaming music and playing videos, effectively replacing iTunes
‘And users will have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD,’ Apple said.
‘For those who like to own their music, the iTunes Music Store is just a click away.’
The Apple TV app for Mac packs many of the same features users would expect, like TV channels, personalized recommendations and more than 100,000 iTunes movies and shows.
Macs also have access to the Podcasts app, with more than 700,000 shows to choose from, curated content and more.
As the new trio of apps is replacing iTunes, many have been reflecting on the media software’s legacy at Apple.
With the new Mac software, called Catalina, users also have access to the Podcasts app, with more than 700,000 shows to choose from, curated content and more
iTunes was launched in 2001 as an all-in-one media player for uploading music and video. Over the ensuing years, it became many users’ primary platform listening to music and, after the launch of the iTunes Music Store, buying music.
It predated the launch of the iPod, which would come to revolutionize how people listen to music on the go.
iTunes is also widely regarded as one of the primary motivators behind Apple’s increasing focus on services, with the firm launching audiobooks support, then support for TV shows, podcasts and movies not long after.
Despite iTunes’ lasting impression on Apple, it had become largely irrelevant as users moved to iOS apps like Apple Music, Apple TV and others.