13 June 2019
Apple is nixing the Mac version of its nearly 20-year-old iTunes app. While announcing the features of latest macOS at WWDC event, the company also announced that it’s finally giving retirement to the very popular media library. But the fate of iTunes isn’t too bad because it’s still running on the Windows version.
The tech site PCMag states the Cupertino-based company has told them that the iTunes users on Windows will see no changes in their experience. So, at least for now, the Windows users accessing iTunes for managing their media will continue to do so and Apple won’t push them to download new apps.
To the uninitiated ones, Apple is replacing Mac version of iTunes with three separate apps for music, podcasts, and shows or movies. These new apps will be known by their simpler roles – Music, TV, and Podcasts, more like what Google offers. The change will be effective with the upcoming version of MacOS, called Catalina.
It’s fair to assume that the new apps will eventually come to Windows as well. So, you can say in a way that the full demise of iTunes is on the way. But exactly when it will happen is unknown.
Apple iTunes was announced back in January 2001 as an application performing several roles, be it media player, managing media library on your iPod and iPhone, podcasts, ebooks, and more. The main focus of iTunes has always been music, with a library offering organization, collection, and storage of users’ collections. Over the years it got evolved and so is the experience as well. However, in the recent past, it wasn’t accepted much by the users; in fact, it received significant criticism for bloated user experience.
During the WWDC event, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi even made a pun on iTunes by saying that iTunes should have a calendar and an email too. So, iTunes was doing so much alone and giving a room for all managing things that it had become a bloated platform. Apple’s decision of breaking ties with iTunes is right but it should have been done long ago.