Don't worry -- Apple isn't taking away your tunes. It'll be a shock for loyal iTunes users who, for 18 years, learned to rely on the app for everything from syncing their iPhones to building playlists and buying songs.
Apple's shifting strategy may be jarring for longtime users, but music fits squarely into the tech giant's portfolio of premium experiences that keep loyal users invested in the brand's ecosystem. For a company initially focused on hardware, iTunes was one of Apple's first major successes in this area. People who had bought music from Apple were less likely to stray. Now, Apple is betting that Apple Music help juice Apple's further push into software and services. Nevertheless, closing down iTunes raises big questions for those who have built up musical collections over the years.
What do you have to do, if anything, to keep your investment intact? What if you use iTunes for Windows? What happens to iTunes Match? And why is Apple axing iTunes to begin with? Apple still advertises iTunes on the website. Apple said that iTunes was initially focused on burning and mixing songs on the Mac, but then suggested it was too big and bloated, and lost its purpose. Apple describes Apple Music as being extremely fast, which suggests that iTunes performance had gotten laggy.
Yes, Apple advertises a catalog of over 50 million songs, plus collections of music videos through Apple TV and podcasts through the Apple Podcasts app. Scroll to the end for more details.
No way. Every song you've ever bought, ripped, uploaded or imported will already be part of Apple Music when you upgrade from your current Mac OS version to Catalina. All the files that are already on your computer will remain.
Apple isn't liquidating anything you already own, but it will reorganize where the files live. Yes, if you have an external CD drive and the necessary cables, though this isn't something we've tested yet. You'll find them by opening the Finder tool in Mac. That's the one with the square, stylized icon of a smiling face that serves as the operating system's file manager. Open it, and you'll see device will appear in the Finder menu, for example: "Jessica's iPhone.
If you want to move music onto a device, you open one of your media apps, click and drag from your music library into the folder for your connected device, and it will transfer over. Today, iTunes pops up when you plug in your iPhone to sync devices, but that's not the case with Apple Music.
If you want to sync, you'll find the setting in the sidebar in Finder. Apple is making this more opt-in you trigger the syncing in Finder rather than opt-out you close the window if it pops up and bugs you. Apple Music closely competes with Spotify and you can listen to songs offline across your devices. You can still access your music collection if you don't subscribe to Apple Music.
That is completely opt-in. The iTunes name will fade away, but Apple will keep the store and its functionality in the Apple Music app. You can call it up if you want to buy new songs and albums, but if you do subscribe to Apple Music, you likely won't have much use for a store. Apple Music already has the feature built in, so you won't miss out if you subscribe.
If you like to DJ your own collection and albums, you'll be able to import those tracks to Apple Music and listen to them across your Apple devices. Fair question, since Apple is spreading iTunes functionality around. Apple Podcasts is pretty straightforward -- it's where you listen to and search for and subscribe to shows. In addition to speeding up these apps, Apple encourages you upgrade to the newest version for ongoing privacy and security updates.
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