Apple is retiring the Mac version of its nearly year-old music listening and library app, the company announced Monday at WWDC, its annual conference for software developers. With the upcoming version of MacOS, called Catalina, iTunes will be replaced with three separate apps for music, podcasts and shows or movies. While iTunes and especially the iTunes Music Store helped change the way we enjoy our favorite music, there will be few tearjerking obituaries for the software. Apple asked too much of iTunes over the years, turning it from a lean-yet-powerful music cataloging app into a slow-loading behemoth tasked with managing your iPod and iPhone, podcasts, ebooks and more. To his credit, Apple software boss Craig Federighi poked fun at all this bloat on stage, joking that iTunes should have a calendar and email, too. Read more: The 6 coolest new iPhone features Apple just announced. Write to Alex Fitzpatrick at alex. By Alex Fitzpatrick. More like ByeTunes.
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Pour one out for your high school mix tapes: Apple announced Monday at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference WWDC that it's shutting down iTunes, its year-old digital media software. In its place, Mac users will have three individual, dedicated apps for music, podcasts and TV, similar to the current iPhone setup. The transition will take place when the macOS Catalina, the latest version of Apple's Mac operating system, debuts in the fall.
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As teased late last week, Apple has officially decided to discontinue their iTunes music service, choosing instead to break up the desktop service and offer three separate applications for music, television and podcasts. One of the biggest questions that longtime users of iTunes had upon the initial discussion of the new service is what would happen for your existing music. During Monday's announcement for the new macOS Catalina operating system that revealed the separate apps for Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV, it was revealed that Apple doesn't intend to let the back catalogs of their users disappear. And with new developer technologies, users will see more great third-party apps arrive on the Mac this fall. Though iTunes was groundbreaking for its time, there were complaints over its functionality, something that the new Music app hopes to improve upon. The description in the press release reads: "The new Music app for Mac is lightning fast, fun and easy to use. Apple Music will help users discover great new music with over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos.
Apple Music has an interesting feature called Replay that lets you get a wrap up of your most-played songs, artists, and albums, and get a playlist of your top songs of the year. Unlike with other services, Apple Music subscribers can access their Replay lists at any point during the year, not just in December. Go to replay. Alternatively, you can open your Apple Music app and scroll to the bottom of the Listen Now page. I for one run from subscriptions like a virus vapor covering the land…and they seem to be everywhere. Side note…Apple: please no more reminders about subscribing to A-Music. You wore me out and won a little with iCloud, but I will never…. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. The reviews are outstanding, to say the least….