iTunes– the media management software application that everybody enjoys to dislike– may lastly be approaching death’s door. Apple is reportedly set to break up the software application into different Music, TELEVISION, and Podcasts apps in the next version of macOS, according to both Guilherme Rambo at 9to5Mac and Steve Troughton-Smith
The brand-new apps are stated to be Marzipan applications, similar to the Apple News app on the Mac, which will share an overarching design and codebase with their iOS counterparts on the iPhone and iPad. The Music app would probably be concentrated on using a home for the Apple Music service far from the baggage of iTunes. The TELEVISION app, of course, would be a location for Apple’s upcoming Apple TV Plus service to live, and the Podcasts app would get podcasts, of course. Books, which already has its own app on macOS, is likewise possibly getting a comparable Marzipan redesign that would bring it more in line with the upgraded app that Apple launched with iOS 12 last fall.
One might presume that, like the existing Books Shop, Apple would likewise break out the existing music, TELEVISION and film, and podcast portions of the iTunes store into the respective apps too, although details on the private apps are still rather slim.
The relocation would make a lot of sense on Apple’s part. iTunes is both ancient (by software application requirements) and practically generally reviled by the web. (Personally, I still like it, but I recognize that I’m an outlier here.) Breaking it up would let Apple create more modern-day designs in less puffed up apps without the decade-plus of luggage connected to the existing app.
Plus, Apple is clearly looking to press shared code-base Marzipan apps as a huge part of its approaching macOS strategy: why not begin with one of its clunkiest apps to show designers the benefits? The relocation would also put macOS in line with iOS, which has actually had actually devoted apps for all these functions for many years.
Those wishing for iTunes’ demise may not desire to pop the champagne corks right now, though: the app will supposedly be sticking around for the foreseeable future, as it’s the only method to sync and engage with legacy iPod and iOS devices.