Apple Is Finally Phasing Out iTunes

Monday, 03 Jun, 2019

The development has been rumoured for years as subscription-style streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple's own Apple Music have gone from strength to strength with music downloading.

What the report does not mention though is how long the migration from iTunes to Apple Music would take, i.e., the question of if it will happen immediately or if Apple will draw it out for months.

Apple is reportedly getting ready to close down its iTunes service after nearly 20 years.

On Friday afternoon, social media erupted after Bloomberg News reported that Apple was set to announce the end of its iTunes store, which transformed the music business when it was launched in 2003. However, Apple will be pulling back on the iPhone in the future, and place more focus on the Apple Watch.

In the aftermath of iTunes, Apple will have separate apps for music, videos, and podcasts.

Users can watch the live coverage of WWDC 2019 through the dedicated Apple's events site or the WWDC app on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

As in years past, Apple will also use the gathering to showcase improvements to the operating systems powering its Mac computers and mobile devices as well as to the software it designs.

"The transition might not be finished for a couple of years, but this is the strongest push Apple has made toward the unification of its two platforms", said developer Steven Troughton-Smith.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple is planning to phase out iTunes, which they will announce at their Worldwide Developers Conference starting on Monday (June 3). "Apple and developers can put more effort into one version of things instead of having to build everything twice". This remains unconfirmed, as the tech giant has not commented, and likely won't before the beginning of the WWDC next week. The same format is being used on current iPhones and iPads. The site notes that the Music app will retain the ability to sync devices such as iPods and iPhones. There's also a rumor that Apple will show off a new external display (possibly a 6K, 31-inch Thunderbolt display).