The time has come to say goodbye to iTunes, the media player and multimedia content store developed by Manzana For your mobile devices. And although iTunes was a revolutionary system at the time, the way to consume content on the mobile has mutated and its users have been significantly reduced.
For this reason, the new update of macOS 10.15 Catalina announced this week comes with the great novelty of liquidating iTunes. Instead, separate applications of Apple TV, Music Y Podcasts, while the rest of the functionality lies in Finder.
At the time, iTunes made online music sales generalize and mitigated, thus, the impact of piracy. But over time, music subscription services such as Spotify or Apple Music have largely supplanted the iTunes function to access songs and albums.
And now Apple is now giving iTunes its last push towards the grave. Apple Music subscribers can check that the music store has now been hidden on the Mac.
Apple neglects iTunes and opts instead for separate applications for music, video and other services. To do this, it will create functions for specific types of media and better promote its TV and music streaming services. With this strategy, the apple company also aims to help offset the slowdown in sales of the latest iPhones.
iTunes was born as a system to play music on Apple devices, especially in its music player iPod. The users connected the iPod to the computer and the songs were synchronized automatically, something that resulted in an unprecedented simplicity.
Apple launched the iTunes Music Store in 2003, two years after his birth with the iPod. With a symbolic price, many users agreed to buy music legally instead of searching for incomplete sites for pirated downloads.
But over time, iTunes software expanded to include podcasts, e-books, audiobooks, movies and TV shows. In the era of the iPhone, iTunes also made backup copies and synchronized voice memos. However, as their functions expanded, their ease of use was lost, and with it, the charm it had for users.
Now Apple will keep the old iTunes icon to identify the new Mac music application. There you will find previously purchased songs in the iTunes store or extracted from CDs, as well as free online Apple radio stations and music subscription from Apple.
Subscribers of Apple Music They will no longer see the iTunes music store, unless they restore it to the settings. Non-subscribers will see the store as a tab, along with many ways to subscribe to Apple Music.
The iTunes store for TV shows and movies will continue to have prominence, although now as part of the TV application. Videos to buy or rent will be combined with other movies and shows, including exclusive offers through Apple TV Plus.