26 March 2020
Since the inception of iTunes in 2001, it has been one-stop-solution for Mac users to access services like music, books, news, and podcasts. But in the past year or so, there have been hints that Apple is thinking of bidding a farewell to the notoriously popular software and introduce individual apps for each of those services. Now, there is a new report claiming that the next major macOS update is likely to come with individual Music and Podcasts applications.
The report is coming from 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo and similar claims have also been made by well-known iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith. In the case of Rambo, he not only discovered new app icons in the code but also got confirmation from people familiar with the development. On another hand, Steve said he is also confident about his evidence but can't share the same at the moment.
I am now fairly confident based on evidence I don't wish to make public at this point that Apple is planning new (likely UIKit) Music, Podcasts, perhaps even Books, apps for macOS, to join the new TV app. I expect the four to be the next wave of Marzipan apps. Grain of salt, etc— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) April 5, 2019
In both cases, Apple is said to make use of Marzipan which is a technology meant to port iOS apps to macOS platform. It has already been used to bring apps like Apple News, Home, Stocks, and Voice Memos to macOS. The next major release is said to include Music and Podcasts apps for Mac users.
Apple is further speculated to release a new Books app with a design similar to Apple News app including the sidebar. It will offer access to both eBooks and audiobooks with dedicated tabs. There will be categories to browse titles on the basis of genre. There will also be preset collections as well as the ability to create custom collections.