Hold up! Itunes isn’t entirely dead yet! At the Worldwide Developers Conference this past week, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that while the company is retiring the Itunes app, all downloads will still be available in the upcoming new platforms. These new apps include an updated version of Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcast.
Apple also released an official document detailing the future of Itunes and the emergence of the new apps. “Music that you’ve imported or purchased will be in the new Apple Music app. Music playlists and smart playlists that you’ve created in iTunes will be in the new Apple Music app,” it said.
The document also confirmed that users can still access the Itunes store despite the phasing out of the program. “The iTunes Store will still be available to buy music on Mac, iOS, PC, and Apple TV. iTunes Gift Cards and iTunes credits will be maintained and can be used with the new apps. The App Store. iPhone, iPad, and iPod backup, restore, and syncing will move to Finder.”
Earlier this month, news of Itunes’ impending demise sent shockwaves within the technology and music industries. The program defined online streaming and music downloading in the 2000s. It gave precedence to current popular programs such as Spotify and Apple Music for streaming and downloads. The availability of movies and TV series also acted as the template for the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. Ironically, such platforms contributed to Itunes’ ultimate fate. Their increase in popularity led to a considerable decrease in demand and interest in the Apple program.
The technology behemoth will release new macOS Catalina (10.15) this September. It’s said to be the first product to contain all the newly announced Apple apps. By then, all of these changes would have taken into effect.
- Itunes Featured Image – Gizmodo.com
- Apple CEO Time Cook – NBC News.com
- macOS Catalina (10.15) – Variety.com