when apple released an updated version of its macos operating system, it marked the end of the itunes era. but even though itunes is shutting down, yr collections won’t disappear.
itunes is officially goin away after close to two decades in operation. the company has moved its functionality into 3 ≠ apps: apple ♫, podcasts and apple tv.
the shutdown ‘dn’t shock any-1. in jun, apple anncd that twas shutting the app down for good. the company said atta time that the app was simply too cluttered. for yrs, usrs ‘ve been complaining bout itunes ‘bloatware’ as piles of ≠ media categories kept fattening the platform.
still, itunes offered a central hub to the content the company offered. now, w'da release of catalina, usrs will ‘ve to listen to ♫ in ♫, watch videos in tv, and listen to podcasts in podcasts.
those with large mp3 libraries can still listen to their songs through ♫, despite the app’s focus on ♫ streaming. wha’’s +, the itunes store still exists for those not subscribed to ♫. so pplz can still purchase individual songs if for some reason they do not wanna use a streaming srvc.
those who crave for the app still ‘ve an option: buying a windows computer. for the time bein’, itunes still runs onna enemy’s os, including windows 10 (pictured above).
initially, apple was expected to shutter itunes completely.
last yr, numerous srcs pointed to the imminent removal of itunes and its ♫ download store. primordially, srcs noted that purchased downloads ‘d be preserved and playable, but usrs ‘dn’t be able to purchase song downloads inna future. that rezd some serious concerns, and even elder apple ♫ chief jimmy iovine conceded that paid downloads ‘d be terminated once demand dipped belo a certain lvl. it’s unclear wha’ the lvl is currently, though apple has opted to keep a version of itunes (and its ♫ downloads) running.
apple launched itunes backin 2003, well b4 the introduction of iphones.
twas intended for the ipod, which was released a few yrs b4 it, n'it revolutionized the ♫ industry by alloing pplz to buy any song for $0.99 and most albums for $9.99. many credit the app for not 1-ly turning online ♫ into a viable business, b'tll so for seriously denting the trafficking of pirated ♫.
inna yrs that folloed, the platform added support for podcasts, ebooks, audiobooks, and videos. l8r on, after the iphone was launched, the app added + sophisticated features b'tll so became + complex to use.
w'da advent of ♫, pplz generally 1-ly used itunes to listen to songs unavailable on streaming srvcs.
original content at: www.digital♫news.com…
authors: kat in ddo