Apple has introduced that it’s killing off its iTunes media participant, changing it with standalone Music, TV and Podcasts apps.
The information has prompted an outcry from customers, with many asking what is going to occur to all of the music tracks, TV exhibits and films they’ve downloaded over the previous 18 years, since iTunes launched.
However Apple insists there is not any must panic. The entire music and video that customers presently have of their iTunes libraries will probably be robotically transported over to the brand new apps.
This is the way it will work.
Customers can have entry to their whole music library by way of the “Library” part of the Apple Music app – whether or not they downloaded the songs, bought them or ripped them from a CD.
That even contains any tracks you will have downloaded from doubtful sources comparable to Limewire. If it is in your library, will probably be there.
Whereas the principle focus of Apple Music is streaming – with subscribers capable of entry over 50 million songs, playlists and music movies for £9.99 a month – you may nonetheless have the ability to entry the iTunes Retailer by way of the Apple Music app, and buy particular person songs or albums with no subscription.
Equally, any movies or TV exhibits which are presently in your iTunes library will robotically seem within the “Library” part of the Apple TV app.
Additionally, you will have the ability to browse, purchase or lease over 100,000 films and TV exhibits from the iTunes Retailer, simply as you probably did earlier than. They’ll simply play within the Apple TV app quite than the iTunes participant.
The Apple TV app additionally options Apple TV channels and personalised suggestions, and can supply entry to Apple’s unique video subscription service, Apple TV+ from the autumn.
If in case you have podcasts in your iTunes library, these too will robotically seem within the “Library” part of the brand new Podcasts app, and customers will have the ability to entry and obtain greater than 700,000 exhibits from Apple’s podcasts catalogue.
The app may even characteristic new classes, curated collections by editors all over the world and superior search instruments that may discover episodes by host, visitor and even dialogue subject.
iPhone sync and backup
Should you usually sync your iTunes music and TV exhibits to your gadgets through the iCloud, the switchover will all occur robotically whenever you obtain the macOS Catalina replace.
Nonetheless, if you happen to do not use iCloud, or want to make use of a cable to sync your media to your gadgets, then you definitely’ll nonetheless have the ability to do that within the new leisure apps.
It’ll additionally nonetheless be doable to backup, replace or restore your gadget by connecting it to you Mac, however as a substitute of robotically launching iTunes, you’ll have to do it through the sidebar of Finder.
When is that this taking place?
macOS Catalina will probably be accessible within the autumn as a free software program replace for Macs.
Should you select to put in the replace, iTunes will robotically disappear out of your Mac and get replaced with the brand new Music, TV and Podcasts apps, with all of your media pre-installed.
As ever, you might be suggested to backup your Mac earlier than putting in the replace, the guarantee your entire media transfers over safely.