At WWDC, Apple announced that its upcoming macOS will put an end to the iTunes you’re familiar with and will divvy up its features between three new apps: Music, TV and podcasts. Now, the tech giant has explained how that will work exactly. The new Apple Music app will serve as home to all the music you’ve imported or purchased, to all the music and smart playlists you’ve created in iTunes, as well as to the iTunes Store itself.
It’s rather common for all members of a household to want to share their music or movies with each other. Here’s how you can do this easily with iTunes!
Go to iTunes > Preferences > Sharing and check the box labeled “Share my library on my local network.” If you want to limit who can access your library, set a password in the box near the bottom. Otherwise, everyone will be able to access it. You can limit sharing to the content or playlists of your choice in your iTunes library.
Once Home Sharing is turned on, other iTunes users can see your library by clicking the Library drop-down menu in the top-left of iTunes. iOS device users can also access libraries through Home Sharing by going to the “More” tab in the Music or Videos apps. And don’t forget to back-up all the content in your iTunes library!
It’s true that Apple likes it’s Apple Music streaming service, and it is true that it’s breaking up iTunes into separate apps. Nothing else you’ve heard is true, in particular the rumors that Apple is getting out of media sales — and you’re not going to lose anything with macOS Catalina because Apple wants it gone.
In macOS Catalina, Apple is sunsetting the iTunes app and has split it into three apps instead: Music, Podcasts, and TV, which has left questions about what’s happening to iTunes on other platforms.
Apple told Ars Technica that on Windows, there will be no changes. Those who use iTunes on a PC to manage their devices, listen to music, and make iTunes purchases will be able to continue to do so.
There were no details provided, however, on what’s going to happen when the Music, Podcasts, and TV apps gain new features over time. Whether those features will also come to iTunes on Windows remains to be seen.
For now, though, Windows users will see no changes to iTunes on the Windows platform.
As for Mac users, installing Catalina removes iTunes and replaces it with Music and Podcasts (TV is coming this fall). Device management is still present in
Apple will replace iTunes with Music, Podcasts, and TV on Mac. [credit: Ron Amadeo
SAN JOSE, Calif.—After much speculation and fanfare in the press, Apple confirmed today that it will sunset iTunes in the next version of macOS and spin its functionality into three new apps—Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. As we noted earlier, this marks the end of an era of sorts on the Mac—but there were plenty of unanswered questions. What features will Music retain from iTunes? And what happens to Windows users who are dependent on iTunes?
While some details are still fuzzy and will remain that way until we start digging into the beta releases, we got some broad answers from Apple on those top-level questions.
Old iTunes libraries and files
Apple Music in macOS Catalina will import users’ existing music libraries from iTunes in their entirety, Apple says. That includes not
I’ll admit it. I had an emotional response to the idea that iTunes, the app that shaped my digital music habit, could be on the way out. With every iPod I owned, iTunes was the lifeline, the sole method for adding to and organizing the precious collection. The only problem was, somewhere along the way, iTunes became the catch-all for everything Apple sold. It wasn’t just for music, or even audio content — apps, movies and TV shows crept into the app as well. And in the end, Apple had a chaotic mess that was confusing and poorly organized.
The other day I wanted to drag a new song I’d purchased at iTunes into one of my playlists. However, there seemed to be no easy way to have two iTunes windows open to do this. It may be easier when macOS Catalina debuts this fall and breaks up the iTunes app into separate Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV Plus apps, but for now, it’s a little convoluted (at least for an Apple product), but you can do it. With iTunes launched:
Go to your Music Library by clicking Library at the top middle of the iTunes screen.
Move your cursor to the iTunes Sidebar on the left side of the app. If the sidebar is hidden, use the keyboard shortcut Option + Command + S to make it appear.
Choose an iTunes playlist.
Right-click or Control-click on the iTunes playlist and select Open in New
SAN JOSE, Calif.—As part of a slate of upcoming software updates, Apple will close the door on one of its most iconic pieces of software: iTunes. The company will split the application up into multiple, more-focused apps on the Mac: Apple Music for music, Apple TV for TV and movies, and Apple Podcasts for podcasts.
iTunes—a program for managing your media library, listening to songs, and buying new content—played a key part in the digital revolution of the 2000s after it first launched in 2001. Its impact started with music. iTunes was partly credited with slowing the severe bleeding to piracy the recording industry faced amid the popularity of the MP3 boom on peer-to-peer file-sharing applications like Napster. And the program was also the home base for the iPod, one of the first of many products
More evidence has emerged to suggest that Apple is beginning to move away from its iTunes brand after over 18 years of use.
As noted on Reddit, Apple has abruptly removed all social media content from its iTunes page on Facebook, including posts, photos, and videos. This appears to have happened within the past 24 hours, as a cached version of the iTunes page on Facebook still had content available as of May 31.
As far as we can tell, it looks like Apple has migrated its iTunes page to its Apple TV page on Facebook, including not only all of the content but nearly 30 million likes and its original April 29, 2009 creation date.
If you have some time this weekend, maybe open up iTunes and double check your MP3 tags again, just for old-times sake. On Monday Apple’s WWDC 2019 event starts with a keynote, and as we’ve heard before, it could mark a final shift away from the company’s overburdened media app.
Apple has already launched a TV app that will help its Apple TV+ video service reach more platforms this fall. According to Bloomberg, what we’ll see on Monday will mark the end of iTunes once Apple shows off macOS desktop apps that mimic their counterparts on iOS, with separate ones for Music, TV and Podcasts. If you need to manage your iThings (local backups, OS updates, etc.), the Music app will take over there just as iTunes always has.
While it was initially reported that iTunes would live on in macOS 10.15, it now looks like the app will be retired, over 18 years after it was introduced by the late Steve Jobs at Macworld on January 9, 2001.
Apple will be replacing iTunes with standalone Music, TV, and Podcasts apps in the next major version of macOS, expected to be unveiled at WWDC 2019 next week, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman:
End of iTunes
iTunes has been the way Apple users listen to music, watch movies and TV shows, hear podcasts, and manage their devices for almost two decades. This year, Apple is finally ready to move into a new era. The company is launching a trio of new apps for the Mac – Music, TV, and Podcasts – to replace iTunes. That matches Apple’s media app strategy on iPhones and iPads. Without iTunes, customers
Residents of Rhode Island and Michigan lead the suit, which maintains that Apple profits unjustly by releasing what users play in iTunes and on Apple Music to other companies, and also allowing third-party app developers direct access to what tracks are in users’ iTunes library.
Apple and other tech firms are being sued for piracy by the estate of composer Harold Arlen for offering unauthorized copies of his songs, reports the BBC. Arlen’s son, Sam Arlen, says he has found more than 6,000 unauthorized copies of his father’s songs on Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft’s services.
According to legal papers filed in Los Angeles and shared by AppleInsider, streaming services and download stores like iTunes are flooded with “bootleg” copies of Arlen’s songs, robbing his estate of royalties. Arlen’s work includes several American songbook classics like Over The Rainbow and Get Happy.
The 148-page filing claims the firms are engaged in “massive piracy operations” and provides several examples of alleged piracy. For instance, the official recording of Ethel Ennis’ version of Arlen’s song “For Every Man, There Is A Woman” is available on the RCA Victor label for $1.29 on iTunes. However, a
Over the course of the last week or so, multiple Warner Bros movies that were previously available in 4K have reverted to HD, a change that applies to new purchases from iTunes as well as previously purchased movies.
There are complaints about the change both on Twitter and on the Blu-ray forums, as highlighted by 9to5Mac this afternoon. There are quite a few titles that have reverted from 4K to HD, including all of the Harry Potter movies.
A Blu-ray forums user compiled a list of the known titles that have recently been downgraded from 4K to HD.
22 Jump Street (2014)
About Last Night
Batman vs. Superman
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
The Equalizer (2014)
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)
You can now use Apple Pay to make purchases from iTunes, the App Store and Apple Books. You can also use it for Apple Music and iCloud storage subscriptions. MacRumors spotted the change in a recently updated support document. The added Apple Pay options are coming to users in the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, but they might not be available in all of those locations just yet.
You can now use Apple Pay to make purchases from iTunes, the App Store and Apple Books. MacRumors spotted the change in a recently updated support document. The added Apple Pay options are coming to users in the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, but they might not be available in all of those locations just yet.
To link any credit or debit cards set up in the Wallet app with your Apple ID account, navigate to Settings > iTunes & App Store. Next, select your Apple ID email and then tap View Apple ID > Manage Payments > Add Payment Method. The cards should be listed under a new “Found in Wallet” section.
This functionality is rolling out as a server-side change in the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates, so it is not available for all users yet.
In the United States, users can also link an Apple Pay Cash card to an Apple ID account.