Review after review of macOS Catalina highlights the coming demise of iTunes, Apple’s much maligned media mega mall that started life as a music list app and may well end life in parts.
At least, in parts on the Mac.
iTunes is not dead and macOS Catalina will not kill it.
What’s going on?
For all the glory and gore, iTunes has been a fixture on the Mac for about 20 years, going from Rip. Mix. Burn. and a great way to create CDs and manage music lists on the iPad, to a must-have app that far too many of us came to hate.
Apple plans to kill off iTunes for the Mac with macOS Catalina. What you’ll get instead are replacement pieces.
- Finder Sync – which looks much like iOS sync on iTunes now
- Podcasts – which will look and work much like the iOS version
- Music – which will look and work much like the iOS version
- Apple TV – which will, well, you see where this is going…
Unfortunately for iTunes critics, iTunes itself will continue to live beyond the Mac.
Windows. About 90-percent of all iPhone customers run Windows; not the Mac. iTunes on Windows will stick around for a few more years. Mac customers will get dedicated apps for sync, podcasts, music, and TV and movies, while iPhone customers on Windows will get, well, same old, same old.
Adam Clark Estes got far too ahead of the game.
I finally fired up macOS Catalina to discover how it feels to use Apple software in the post-iTunes world. It’s blissful.
Four apps to replace one? How is that blissful?
You’re going to love it, and you’re never going to look back.
Unless you’re running Windows.
Despite all this banter about the death of iTunes, however, the app isn’t actually dead. Apple says iTunes for Windows will continue to exist in its current state.
I think that’s what I said. This move to kill off iTunes is a work in progress.