RIP to an Era: iTunes Broken Up Into 3 Apps — Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, Apple TV

  • In a long-awaited announcement, Apple is breaking iTunes into three separate, Mac-friendly apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV for TV and movies.
  • Ushering in the digital revolution, iTunes was launched in 2001 to allow users to listen to songs, manage their media library and purchase new content.
  • iTunes is also credited with helping slow the tide of piracy when users were illegally downloading music via peer-to-peer file-sharing that almost decimated the music industry hard.
  • iTunes was also integral to the rise of the iPod.
  • Ove the years, iTunes allowed users to go beyond music into TV, books, movies, podcasts and audiobooks.
  • With the addition of all the new content, some users accused iTunes of becoming too complicated, which prompted Apple to first launch Apple Music in 2015.

Reference Links

  • Fox Business: Apple expected to shut down iTunes, announce new software updates at WWDC 2019 READ
  • The Verge: Apple breaks up iTunes, creates separate Podcasts, TV, and Music apps for macOS READ
  • ARS Technica: Apple will soon kill off iTunes and, with it, an entire era of music history READ

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