It is a shocking one coming from Apple at this time and it is most unexpected. One of the most shocking news reported by Apple at the 2019 developer conference has been the closure of iTunes.
The tech giant has said goodbye to one of its flagship mobile apps, which this year marks 18 years and that Apple plans to replace Apple Music, a subscription-based streaming music service that will compete with Spotify.
The situation, for those who have been making playlists for years and storing their favorite albums in iTunes, is not as dramatic as it seems: iTunes will continue to exist in versions previous to Catalina macOS and the music will remain intact.
The backup and synchronization of your device will now be done from ‘Finder’, the application to manage your files
What is the reason for Apple’s break with iTunes? According to the company, iTunes initially focused on recording and mixing songs on Mac, but then it became so big that it lost its purpose. Apple describes Apple Music as extremely fast, suggesting that iTunes performance has slowed down.
If what worries you most now is the whereabouts of your music library, quiet, is safe. For the time being, iTunes will continue to exist – Apple continues to advertise on its website – and will not disappear until you install the new version of macOS, Catalina.
If, on the other hand, you are a Windows user, you will not notice any changes since iTunes will continue to work as before.
In the case of Mac, once the operating system is updated, all your downloads and purchases will become part of Apple Music. And what exactly is Apple Music?
There are clear differences with iTunes. While this is a free application to manage a music library, play music videos, buy music and synchronize devices, Apple Music is a streaming music service – very similar to Spotify – that costs 10 dollars a month, 15 for a family of six members or 5 dollars for students.
Apple Music has a catalog of 50 million songs, and, like other streaming platforms, you can listen to songs without having a connection on your devices. If you are not willing to pay any subscription, quiet, you can still access your music library, which will be automatically imported from iTunes.
And where will the backup now be made and my device synchronized? This is another of the functions that until now had iTunes, which, when connecting your phone with the computer, opened automatically to synchronize devices.
In macOS Catalina, this function will be assumed by «Finder», yes, that icon with the smiley face that appears in the lower corner of your desktop and serves to manage your files. Once you connect your phone, you will only have to open “Finder” and you will see the name of your device in the menu.
If you want to transfer your files from the computer to the device, you will only have to open Apple Music – or Apple TV and Apple Podcasts – and drag the contents to the folder of your device, which must be connected to the computer. Life continues without iTunes.