Apple is officially pulling the plug on one of its most well-known apps.
iTunes entered this world 18 years ago as a “digital jukebox” that let users import their favourite CDs, organize their libraries and burn custom mixes. iTunes has been the centrepiece of Apple’s entertainment software. But, after phasing out the iTunes app for iPhone and iPod users, the company announced this week it will break the software into three separate apps for Mac users: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV.
So what will happen to that music library now?
The transition will take place when the macOS Catalina, the latest version of Apple’s Mac operating system, debuts in the fall. While the news initially alarmed users, you can rest easy: Apple users’ libraries of music, movies, and other content are safe, the company says.
“Users will have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD,” reads a press release.
In other words, your files will still be available. They’ll just be accessible in apps designed to hold specific media instead of being merged together in a single interface. The company confirmed that when Mac users update their software, music currently in your library will transfer to the Apple Music app and TV and movie purchases will migrate to the Apple TV app. Mac users will be able to access the iTunes Music Store within the Music app, and buy movies and TV shows in the TV app.
Windows users will see no change in their iTunes experience. Apple’s announcement only mentioned changes to its Mac operating system, leaving Windows users with questions about what will happen to their iTunes app.
According to a report from tech website Ars Technica, Microsoft Windows users won’t notice any changes to their iTunes app; however, it’s unclear how long the company will support the Windows software moving forward.