Published on April 8th, 2019 | by Alan Cross1
Apple might be ready to break up iTunes. About time, too.
Many iTunes users have a love/hate relationship with the program. While it’s convenient to have so many media management functions in the same place, iTunes has long been a bloated app that either falls short in some areas (it sometimes doesn’t like to manage large libraries of music) and fails in others (no FLAC support? C’mon!)
Apple may have heard these complaints. Word is that macOS 10.15 may see separate music and podcast apps. A breakup of iTunes, in other words.
This is not unprecedented. Books used to be part of iTunes as was Voice Memos. Now it could be that Music and Podcasts will be spun off and function in the same way we have Stocks, Home, and Apple News.
Might this mean the end of iTunes itself in favour of all these dedicated bits? Maybe. We should find out in June at Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference.