iTunes, one of Apple’s flagship apps, is finally phasing out.
After two decades of iTunes having a key placement within Apple devices, Bloomberg reports that the company will now replace it with three separate apps for all Mac laptops. These apps are called Music, TV and Podcasts.
iTunes has long been criticized for being a bloated app, containing a lot of important information mixed in with features that are no longer relevant. On a statement to Pitchfork, Apple said that users will continue to have access to their music library through the Music app, “whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD.”
iTunes was released in 2001, during a time where the music industry was battling online piracy and file sharing sites. The iTunes store was a great step forward, changing the music industry and positively influencing the business, providing an easy and intuitive solution for distributors and buyers alike.
Over the years, some of iTunes’ key features have been handed over to Apple Music, the music subscription service that Apple has worked hard to build as their flagship music provider and as a rival for Spotify. The announced Music app will now take over some of iTunes features like managing Apple devices.
Other features and changes regarding Apple’s new software include a dark mode, improved Siri capabilities and an undo gesture.