The Day the Music Died
…and they were singing, Bye, Bye Miss American Pie.
Have you heard the news? After eighteen wonderful melodic years, Apple is killing iTunes. This fall, during the launch of the new Mac software, macOS Catalina, you will need to be prepared for significant changes to iTunes. Instead of simply tapping your toes to your existing iTunes library, you will now have the "option" of using three separate and distinct apps, including Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts. Why the change you ask?
iTunes first took the stage in 2001 and quickly became home for a wide variety of media content. This iconic product changed the landscape of retail store album purchases and effectively killed Napster. Revolutionary indeed! Fast forward to 2019. Once again, it appears Apple is looking to the future, a future where Apple is situated as a multifaceted entertainment services provider versus a hardware company selling entertainment via an app.
What do these changes mean to you and your iTunes library?
In a nutshell:
Music, including your playlists, ripped albums and purchased content will be housed in the Apple Music app
Movies and TV shows you bought will be including in the Apple TV app
Podcasts will be separated out and accessed via the Podcasts app
Audiobooks will find their place in the Apple Books app
Interesting to note that these changes will only affect Mac users. Windows folk will still be able to access their melodies via iTunes. Music to PC users ears no doubt.