It is time to say goodbye to iTunes, once a revolutionary program that made online music sales the main and effectively suppressed the impact of piracy.
This assumes, of course, that you still use iTunes – and many people no longer do. On iPhones, features have long been split into separate apps for music, videos, and books. On Monday, Mac computers prepared software updates called Catalina.
Music subscription services, such as Spotify and Apple Music, have largely displaced both iTunes software and the sale of individual songs that made iTunes available for the first time at 99 cents apiece. Apple is now giving iTunes the latest boost to the grave. For anyone who has signed up for Apple Music, the music store will now be hidden on the Mac.
Moving iTunes all-in-one to individual music, video and other applications will allow Apple to create features for specific types of media and better promote its TV shows and music services to help offset the slowdown in iPhone sales.
In the early days, iTunes was simply a way to get music into an Apple product, an iPod music player. Users have connected the iPod to the computer and the songs are automatically synced ̵
"I just make fun of my friends who get into something other than an iPod," said 26-year-old Jacob Tit.
Apple launched its iTunes Music Store in 2003, two years after its iPod debut. Thanks to the simple launch price – 99 cents for one, $ 9.99. US for most albums – many consumers were content to buy music legally, rather than search for sketchy pirated download sites.
But over time, iTunes software has expanded to include podcasts, books, audiobooks, movies and TV shows. In the iPhone era, iTunes also made backups and synchronized voice reminders. As the software was swollen to support additional features, iTunes lost its simplicity and simplicity, which added to its charm.
And with cloud storage and wireless sync, it was no longer necessary to connect the iPhone to my computer – and iTunes – with
Tit said he only uses iTunes to listen to obscure Kanye West songs that he can't find streaming. "At the time, it seemed great," he said. "But it has always remained the same speed."
What people listen to music has changed too. The US record industry now receives 80% of revenue from paid subscriptions and other streaming services. In the first half of 2019, paid subscriptions to Apple Music and competing services grew 30% year-over-year to $ 61 million, or $ 2.8 billion, while digital download revenue dropped nearly 18% to $ 462 million.
"The departure from iTunes really reflects the total industry that goes from sales" to subscription, "said Randy Nelson, head of research at Sensor Tower.
Rachel Springer, a 35-year-old patent agent in Los Angeles, spent years smoking playlists on iTunes. But over time, she realized that cut her off from new music. She now receives music using a SiriusXM subscription.
The new Mac music application that receives the old iTunes icon is the new home for drum music. These include songs purchased from the iTunes Store or CD-ROM, as well as free Apple online radio stations. It is also home to Apple Music Subscription for $ 10 a month.
Apple Music subscribers will no longer see the iTunes Music Store unless they restore it to their settings. Non-subscribers will see the store as a tab, as well as many ways to subscribe to Apple Music. (On the iPhone, the iTunes Store remains its own music and video buying program.)
The iTunes TV and Movie Store will still be known on Macs, though it is now part of the TV app. Videos available for purchase or rental will be mixed with other movies and shows – including exclusive offers through Apple TV Plus.
The new Podcasts application has a feature that indexes individual episodes, so you can more easily look for actors or fans who do not appear in the podcast text description. Previously, Mac received separate applications for voice memos and books, including audio books. The iPhone sync and backup features traditionally found in iTunes have been included in the Mac's Finder navigation interface.