Apple Plans To End iTunes

Tuesday, 04 Jun, 2019

Bloomberg says Apple is launching 3 separate apps for music, TV and podcasts that will replace iTunes, and enable customers to manage their devices without their phones.

One of these changes is getting rid of iTunes, which has served since 2001 as the home for users' music, television and podcast libraries.

What do you think of Apple doing away with iTunes in favor of stand-alone apps?

The shift does emphasise Apple's attempts to branch out in terms of their media offerings, à la Netflix and Amazon, including the recently-announced Apple TV+, which will include original shows and films starting autumn. Apple previewed the tools at last year's conference, saying they would be released this year, and Bloomberg reported in recent weeks that Apple still plans to release them.

While we don't know for a fact that iTunes is on the way out, it seems fairly likely.

The fate of the iTunes store for Microsoft Windows is still unclear though.

This year's WWDC is expected to focus on Apple's desire to become an entertainment services and applications firm, rather than remaining focused on hardware in an increasingly competitive market. Among the possible updates: shutting down iTunes, iPhone and iPad software updates and a revamped Apple Watch. Potentially, the new generation Apple devices would be the first to not have iTunes on its systems. Apple also recommends Mac users to update to macOS Sierra 10.12 or later for streaming the event. We talked to two teenage app developers who get to go thanks to a special scholarship for students.