APPLE has just revealed that iTunes as we know it is over.
The company is technically not getting rid of iTunes completely because it is going to be split into three apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV.
2 The fate of iTunes was revealed at Apple’s WWDC eventCredit: EPA
The new Apple Music app will basically be iTunes but without all of the odd extra features – like movies and iPhone syncing.
Apple’s new Podcasts app is also exciting, as it will index podcast content to make it searchable.
And the new Apple TV app is where you’ll find your movies and TV shows, and even supports 4K HDR playback.
Apple has already killed off Instagram and Facebook accounts for iTunes entirely.
2 Apple removed all posts from the page over the weekend
iTunes launched way back in 2001 as a way for users to manage their media, like songs and videos.
It also allows users to back up and update their iPhone, buy music and movies, and even listen to podcasts.
It’s no surprise that Apple may be plotting to break up iTunes.
The company is desperate to boost its services business, recently announcing the launch of a TV service to rival Netflix, a news subscription service, a video gaming Arcade subscription, and already offers a Spotify rival called Apple Music.
iTunes – the key factsHere’s what you need to know…
Apple launched iTunes on January 9, 2001 for Mac computers
A Windows PC releaase came later in 2003
The app was designed to play your music files, but quickly expanded to serve many more jobs
When the iPhone launched, you could use iTunes to sync and update your handset
And now it’s possible to purchase songs and movies through iTunes, as well as download podcasts
However, iTunes has been widely criticised as being overcomplicated and confusing
Apple has turned iTunes from a music player to a huge multimedia platform, which has made it “bloated”
It can also be slow, has an awkward layout (at least by Apple’s high standards), and has a confusing iPhone syncing process
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