iTunes is Dead!

Published On June 6, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | News and Analysis

Apple executive Craig Federhigi announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference that iTunes is dead. According to Federhigi the player will be split in the upcoming version of MacOS Catalina into separate music, podcast, and TV apps.

It was 2001 and iTunes was a revolutionary step in buying music. Digital music downloads pretty much killed the sales of CDs and CD players we all loved. Yeah, there maybe still be a few people buying CDs but even the music industry acknowledges the new measure of succes is the download. iTunes became so poular that Apple even had a version for Windows computers. Apple on Microsoft. Imagine that?

Although theiTunes name is no longer, the software has been reborn within MacOS as Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts apps. All the functionality of iTunes now residess these apps. That includes the most useful function, device syncing. Just plug in your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. The familiar device management page from iTunes appears in Finder.

But there is more to this iTunes news. No doubt you’re asking; what about my music? Your music is still your music. iTunes will continue to exist…for now. But that support will end when the new MacOS Catalina upgrade launches in the fall.

Now don’t panic! All the music you ever purchased, ripped, uploaded or imported will migrate to the new Apple Music when you upgrade to Catalina. Music files on your computer will remain on your computer. Apple won’t delete anything you already paid for and own. But it will reorganize where the files live. And you can still burn CD’s.

Another thing you may be worried about is you iTunes gift cards. Relax. You can still redeem any iTunes gift card and add credit to your account within the store to buy movies, TV shows, books or games.

Another benefit of iTunes card is the ability to pay for subscription-based services like accounts on Hulu, Tidal, and Netflix. Netflix only permits this for existing subscribers, not new ones. You can also use your iTunes gift card to pay for an iCloud storage account.

iTunes is dead! Long live iTunes!

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle.com. Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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