18 June 2019
When Apple announced macOS Catalina at WWDC 2019, all speculations about it bidding goodbye to iTunes came true. It announced that the iconic software would be replaced by three individual apps meant for Apple Music, Apple TV, and Podcasts. And now, Apple is moving ahead with its goal of wiping out all iTunes references as it prepares for the future dominated by dedicated apps.
As spotted by various users, Apple has updated iOS and Mac apps' App Store URLs that are meant to be browsed via a web browser. These URLs used to start with itunes.apple.com but now, they have been replaced with apps.apple.com for all the apps. Even if you will enter an old URL, it will get redirected to the new one automatically.
The URL change will not affect your user experience in any way. You will still be able to search for apps on the App Store's web version. The old URLs will technically still work as they will get redirected. The change is significant from the point of Apple's plan to move on from using iTunes branding. It has already revamped the Podcasts website which is now more intuitive to use. It shows more details about the podcasts which can help you decide whether to follow a particular podcast or not.
It has been reported that iTunes URLs for TV shows and movies hosted by Apple are still the same. But there are expectations that these will also get updated to tv.apple.com and movies.apple.com in the near future. We will make sure to keep you in the loop as and when these will be changed.