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Apple reportedly planning to break up iTunes into standalone apps

Apple reportedly planning to break up iTunes into standalone apps”

Being able to go to one place to buy or rent an album, movie, or TV series was once quite convenient.

The new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps will be made using Marzipan, Apple's new technology created to facilitate the porting of iPad apps to the Mac without too many code changes. These days, though, I rarely use iTunes.

However, while streaming via Apple Music will presumably be handled on desktop by the new Music app, sources claim that iTunes will still be included in macOS 10.15 for manually syncing legacy devices such as old iPods and iPhones. The folks over at 9to5Mac have also managed to unearth the app icons for the standalone TV and Podcasts app which will be a part of macOS 10.15. That's likely to start to change when the Mac receives its own Podcasts app later this year, and Apple has also now revamped its podcast web interface. I expect the four to be the next wave of Marzipan apps.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith ‏first stated that Cupertino is planning to bring the new apps to the Mac with the next major version of macOS.

The new Books app will have a sidebar similar to the Apple News app and feature different tabs for Library, Book Store, and the Audiobook store.

The breakup of iTunes is arguably long overdue and should inject a bit of modernity into macOS.

What remains unclear is the fate of iTunes once much of the content it is now the home to is moved elsewhere. Put simply, breaking up iTunes will present users with a much more intuitive way to access and enjoy their favorite content.



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