Apple Shutting Down ITunes, Splitting Up App Functionality

Posted: Jun 2 2019, 3:04am CDT | by , in Apple

 

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Apple Shutting Down iTunes, Splitting Up App Functionality

New report claims that Apple will shut down iTunes

It is the end of an era in online music as Apple is reportedly shutting down its vaunted iTunes service, breaking up that application’s functionality over three new apps in a move that will mirror its current setup on iPads and iPhones.

The official announcement is expected at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California on June 3rd and it seems that the iTunes era will end immediately upon the premier of the new apps.

For those of us that have made use of the iTunes program over the years, this news is both bittersweet and much needed. That is because, as many people have pointed out, iTunes is not the best software on Mac or Windows and its time was long in coming

But that is not to discount how revolutionary the software was when it debuted on January 9, 2001. Emerging during the age of Napster and rampant music piracy, iTunes provided music labels and publishing houses an oasis in a desert of drying up and vanishing profit margins.

Of course, the new Music app will pretty much bring the same functions you have in iTunes over to the repositioned trio of services. What a lot of analysts and Apple fans are focusing on is the end of the era that iTunes’ cancellation symbolizes. Really, though, iTunes was trying to please too many masters the more media it added over the years and this might have contributed to its ultimate demise and division into three apps.

Another thing that Apple is probably hoping to do with this realignment is bring Apple’s music vending services and its music streaming services closer together in one application. This comes at a time when the company is beginning to emphasize services over devices in an attempt to grow revenues.

Rolling Stone reports that this is also only the genesis of a larger push on the part of the company to emphasize other services. While iTunes is being hewn down into three apps, according to Bloomberg, other standalone apps like Books and Messages will also be remade and repositioned to better compete in a competitive market. On top of this, Apple is exploring development of its own exclusive content and catering to artists and creators towards this end.

Interestingly, a lot of users on Internet forums are wondering about whether or not former iTunes users will be pushed into subscribing to Apple’s music streaming service or will be largely left to their own libraries if that is their preference. Perhaps part of the reason for the iTunes closure is that fewer and fewer people are actually purchasing songs and albums these days, preferring instead to subscribe to streaming services such as Apple’s, Spotify, or Pandora.

For the rest of it, separating movies and television shows from the music experience makes perfect sense and will probably lead to a slew of conveniences that iTunes just couldn’t offer. Let’s face it, finding things on the iTunes store was an awful experience and using a massive iTunes library could really contribute to system slowdown. That said, it was a revolutionary piece of software whose time is up at Apple’s WWDC on Monday.

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