On the Mac, functions of the old-fashioned media software are outsourced to several new apps. For Windows, iTunes should remain, Apple said.
Apple eliminates iTunes from macOS 10.15. iTunes that is included since Mac OS X 10.0 and over the years got increasingly overloaded is split into several programs, as Apple announced at the developer conference WWDC. On the Mac, the new apps music, podcasts and TV take over the previous media features of iTunes.
iPhone Backups Will be Handled By The Mac Finder in Mac OS Catalina
Important functions for managing iPhones and iPads are also retained in macOS 10.15, as Apple emphasized: local backups, updates and restores are to be provided via the Finder.
When upgrading to macOS 10.15, existing iTunes libraries will be fully included in the new music app – that includes music files from all sources, including old MP3s and ripped CDs, as Apple explained.
What happens with special iTunes features, such as star reviews or private sharing, remains unclear for the time being. Apple’s content stores for the purchase of music or renting feature films are retained in their respective apps. With the TV app, it will for the first time possible to play 4K HDR movies from the iTunes Store on the Mac, but only on Macs from 2018 and newer.
iTunes For Windows Remains Unchanged
Under Windows, nothing will change on iTunes. The well-known software remains unchanged and will not be split. What future plans Apple holds for the Windows version, can only be speculated. iTunes has been around for a good 15 years for Windows, and many users are using the software to troubleshoot their iPhone, which is why iTunes is so important.