It's long been one of the most hated pieces of software from Apple, and it looks as though the company might finally be killing it off once and for all. We're of course talking about iTunes, which was first introduced over 18 years ago.
iTunes predates the first-generation iPod and was originally Apple's destination to download and playback music back when 99 cents per track was all the rage. However, once the iPod arrived in October 2011, iTunes began getting even more bloated, and over the years became a place to download and sync pictures, videos, apps, ringtones and just about everything else under the sun.
With the arrive of macOS 10.15, however, Apple is reportedly going to put iTunes on the chopping block by splitting up its core functionality among three separate apps: Music, TV and Podcasts.
There used to be a time when users had to plug their iPhones into a computer and sync with iTunes to get anything done (i.e. phone activation, transferring files, backing up the device, etc.), but that is now all done via iCloud. In fact, Apple removed the ability to manage and install apps via iTunes years ago. For those that still want to manage their iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices with a Mac and a Lighting cable, Bloomberg reports that customers will be able to do so via the new Music app.
We'll learn more about the trio of iTunes-killer apps along with formal introductions to macOS 10.15 and iOS 13 and Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which kicks off on Monday, June 3rd.