What you need to know
- Apple announced major changes to iTunes at WWDC 2019.
- The app as we know it is going away on Mac.
- The Windows version will live on as is.
Not everyone who uses an iPad, iPhone or iPod is also a Mac owner, and that in itself is part of the reason iTunes for Windows ever needed to be a thing. Lets face it, Windows users are still in the majority.
At WWDC, Apple announced some major changes to how iTunes content will be delivered going forward, that essentially kills off the current application. If you were concerned about what it meant for Windows, it seems it's all business as usual. Billboard's Micah Singleton has the story:
Apple tells me iTunes will continue to exist in its current state on Windows, and the iTunes Music Store will be available in the sidebar in Finder on MacOS CatalinaApple tells me iTunes will continue to exist in its current state on Windows, and the iTunes Music Store will be available in the sidebar in Finder on MacOS Catalina— Micah Singleton (@MicahSingleton) June 3, 2019June 3, 2019
Of course, while the syncing aspect of using iTunes on Windows might be in the minority these days, the app is currently the only way to get Apple Music delivered on a Windows PC. And it will continue to be for the future, for better or for worse.
To catch up on everything that Apple announced at WWDC be sure to stop by our pals at iMore.
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Course it will, Apple wants you in their expensive ecosystem after all that way they can continue leech from your wallet :P.
Still be hot garbage then.
Good. I don't need 3 apps to do the job of 1. I use iTunes on Windows every day. I could use it on my Mac, but my Windows box has far more storage than my Mac, so everything is on Windows. That could change some day, but certainly not anytime soon.
Drop that silly Windows device with all that storage and think about getting the new Mac Pro. I hear if you spend $6,000 for the new Mac Pro base unit you will get a whopping 256GB SSD. In 2019 that should be plenty for all your needs. /s
I did enjoy this lol...
iTunes Music Store on Finder? Jesus.
iTunes is hot garbage.
I'm a little surprised that Apple still thinks it has sufficient market power to drive the purchases of Macs using iTunes. Aren't they getting killed by Spotify? And aren't they planning to kill the Mac ecosystem eventually (to be replaced by iPads)? Then again their marketing people are second to none - they might be on to something.
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