iTunes is finally dying as Apple reportedly breaks out Music, Video, and Podcasts into separate apps in macOS 10.15

iTunes, the media management software that everyone loves to hate, can finally die. According to reports, both Guilherme Rambo in 9to5Mac and Steve Troughton-Smith reportedly, Apple is configured to split software into Music, TV and Podcasts applications separately into macOS.

It is said that the new applications are Marzipan applications, similar to the Apple News application on the Mac, which will share a general design and code base with their iOS equivalents on the iPhone and iPad. The Music app would probably focus on offering a home for the Apple Music service outside of iTunes' luggage. The TV application, of course, would be a place for Apple's upcoming Apple TV Plus service, and the Podcasts app would get podcasts, of course. The books, which already have their own application in macOS, are also potentially getting a similar Marzipan design that would put it more in line with the updated application that Apple released with iOS 12 last fall.

itunes is finally dying as apple reportedly breaks out music video and podcasts into separate apps in macos 10 15

Filtered icons for upcoming Apple Podcasts and Mac TV applications
Image by Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac

It could be assumed that, like the existing Book Store, Apple would also break the existing music, TV and movie parts and podcast from the iTunes store in the respective applications, although the details of the individual applications are still a bit scarce.

The move would make a lot of sense for Apple. iTunes is both old (according to software standards) and almost universally rejected by the Internet. (Personally, I still like it, but I recognize that I am an outlier here). Breaking it would allow Apple to create more modern designs in less inflated applications without the more than a decade of luggage attached to the existing application.

In addition, Apple clearly seeks to promote Marzipan applications based on shared code as an important part of its next macOS strategy: why not start with one of its most clunky applications to show developers the benefits? The move would also put MacOS in line with iOS, which has had dedicated applications for all of these functions for years.

Those who want the disappearance of iTunes may not want to open the champagne corks yet: the application will remain in the immediate future, as it is the only way to synchronize and interact with legacy iPod and iOS devices.

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