iTunes is Officially Gone, Now That MacOS Catalina is Here

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Apple finally launched the latest macOS Catalina. The update was officially released yesterday, and has brought many new features to Mac users.

One of the big changes is the absence of the iTunes app. Back in June, the company released a support document, which explained in more detail what will happen once the media player is gone. In this article we’ll give answers to the frequently asked questions regarding this change.

New dedicated apps for music, videos, podcasts and audiobooks

Now that macOS Catalina is here, your media files will get organized into their own dedicated applications – Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Podcasts and Apple Books.

What happens to imported/purchased media on iTunes

Don’t worry. Your music, or any other media from iTunes like podcasts and audiobooks won’t be erased.

Simply go to Apple Music to access your music, including imports, iTunes purchases, iTunes playlists and smart playlists.

If you don’t see the iTunes Store in the sidebar, follow these instructions:
1. Open Apple Music.
2. From the menu bar, choose Music > Preferences.
3. Go to the General tab and select iTunes Store. Click OK.

Why Apple decided to make this change

The once-revolutionary app iTunes was created to get music on the Apple iPod music player. When connected to a computer, the iPod would automatically get synced, which was a technology unheard-of back in the day. And, with Apple making individual songs available for 99 cents apiece, people were more content with actually buying music legally, instead of making pirated downloads. Over time, iTunes began including podcasts, books, e-books and movies to its software.

Let’s face it, the way people listen to music nowadays is complete different. It’s been reported that the US recording industry gets 80% of revenue from paid subscriptions and other streaming. And, now that we have online cloud storage and wireless syncing available, no one wants to go through the hassle of connecting via cable just to sync their music library.

With music-subscription services like Spotify becoming more and more popular, Apple wants to take a different approach and abandon the all-in-one software. Also, this decision will allow the company to build specific features for the different types of media, as well as promote its TV streaming and music platforms.

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