Many Apple fans were sent into a mini-frenzy over the past few days as a result of all the news spread across the Internet about iTunes shutting down.
The news broke over the weekend a few days ahead of the company’s annual developer conference in San Jose on Monday, 3 June 2019.
Apple’s iTunes has been around for the better part of 18 years now, which has become the heart of many consumers’ entertainment during that period. The iTunes Store provides users with music, movies, TV shows and more within its closed ecosystem.
When the news broke, however, it immediately kickstarted a panic with a specific question in the back of everyone’s mind, “What happens to my content now?”
But, Apple isn’t really “killing” the iTunes service. Instead, there are a few changes the app will be going through, both on your mobile devices, as well as your desktop systems as well.
As part of the launch of its iOS 13 announcement, which is scheduled for release over the next three months or so, Apple announced quite a bit of change to the ecosystem when it comes to your entertainment.
For starters, users shouldn’t worry about losing any of their purchased content, whether it be music, movies or any other content for that matter. The iTunes app will also still be available to use with the OS upgrade, with users still being able to purchase and download music to own through the platform, in addition to buying and renting movies and TV shows. In terms of the latter, your content will also be available through the Apple TV app at the same time.
The biggest change, however, comes with the arrival of the latest desktop OS, in the form of macOS Catalina. The iTunes app on your desktop will see much more change, in that it will be transformed into existing apps such as Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts. Accessing your music will effectively still be the iTunes Music Store, just integrated into a single experience through Apple Music.
Similarly, for video content, users will access this through Apple TV. For users still wishing to purchase and download their music, the iTunes music store will be integrated into the improved desktop sidebar. And as stated earlier, all your current purchases within your various libraries will all still be available from within any of the above-mentioned apps, depending on the type of content.
What the changes bring to the iOS and macOS ecosystems is simplicity. When it was first announced all those years back, the platform was home only to music, introducing the world to the now famous, 99c song, which allowed users to purchase and stream almost any song they could think of for less than $1. It revolutionised the industry by introducing a new business model. It, however, grew to a point where it has become bloated with various options, which introduced a host of additional challenges.
Instead of overcomplicating a single app, as with iTunes, each app will be focused on driving its own content, which will allow users to search and filter results much better than they currently capable of performing.
The iTunes shake-up is only one of the many changes from the latest OS updates, with Apple bringing a few long-awaited updates to the platform, which has existed across various other OS variants for some time.