Following Tim Cook’s announcement in WWDC 2019 to ditch iTunes, there was a sort of commotion among iPhone and iPad users as regards syncing and restoring their iOS data. However, one should not forget that Apple will not leave you hanging in the air. The tech giant has taken a quick step to explain upcoming changes with iTunes and it will soon be available in three new and more focused apps designed for macOS Catalina.
Windows users were more concerned as there wasn’t any hint about iTunes’ upcoming changes. Later Apple cleared the clouds, and Windows users were assured they could continue using the jukebox software on their computers.
Everything You Want to Know About Upcoming Changes with iTunes on Mac
But Mac users were still confused about how to sync their iOS devices and restore data. To this effect, Apple released explanatory notes on its Support page to explain users upcoming iTunes changes in macOS Catalina.
In several bullet points, Apple mentioned what you could expect from the changes:
- Music that you’ve imported or purchased will be in the new Apple Music app.
- Music playlists and smart playlists that you’ve created in iTunes will be in the new Apple Music app.
- The iTunes Store will still be available to buy music on Mac, iOS, PC, and Apple TV.
- iTunes Gift Cards and iTunes credits will be maintained and can be used with the new apps and the App Store.
- iPhone, iPad, and iPod backup restore, and syncing will move to Finder.
- Movies and TV shows that you purchased or rented from iTunes will be in the new Apple TV app.
- Use the Apple TV app for Mac for future movie and TV purchases or rentals.
- Podcasts that you subscribed to or added to iTunes will now be in the new Apple Podcasts app.
- Audiobooks that you purchased from iTunes will now be in the updated Apple Books app.
- Use the Apple Books app for Mac for future audiobook purchases.
Your previous data – purchased or free – will remain with you. When you update your macOS and iOS on Mac and iOS device, respectively, there will be a smooth transition of your media library into the new Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts apps. Moreover, synced libraries and purchases you made from old iTunes Store will not change on any of your devices.
Apple brings its popular Music app on Mac; hence you can quickly locate your iTunes Store on Mac in the Sidebar in the Apple Music app. Apple does not make any change in its iTunes Store app as it is found on iOS, PC, and Apple TV.
All those 50 million songs of Apple Music are at your disposal; you can subscribe to the music app to stream and download, and then access your music library on all devices. Note that you can hide your iTunes Store so that your Apple Music subscription and iTunes Store purchase do not mix.
Movies, TV Shows, and Audiobooks
Apple TV app stores your movies and TV shows; and the Apple Books will store audiobooks. Like the iTunes Store, Apple TV, and Apple Books apps allow you to buy contents. It goes without saying that your old purchases from iTunes will appear in these apps.
Finder Helps Syncing
Your important question is answered! Finder is the new iTunes as you can manage your iPhone and iPad using Finder on Mac. When you update your Mac to macOS Catalina, Apple will keep your sync settings and previous backups safe in iTunes. You can drag and drop files you want to transfer in one place as your iPhone and iPad appears in Finder.
That’s all Apple users!
After serving Apple users for nearly two decades, iTunes is taking your leave. iTunes has been Apple’s most hated app for a long time, and there are many reasons why Apple wanted to discard it. Thankfully, Apple offers its users a better option than iTunes.
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