The new MacOS is out: Catalina kills iTunes dead. Good.

If you have a Mac, you might have already seen a notification saying that it’s time to upgrade from Mojave to Catalina. This is the release (10.15) that finally kills iTunes dead. Good.

Once you run the update, you’ll notice that iTunes is completely absent. Instead, the program has been program up into three pieces: Apple TV, Apple Podcasts, and Apple Music, just like we have on iPhones and iPads.

About bloody time, too. Apple’s iTunes has long become bloated and slow as it’s been asked to do way too much. Now users can focus exclusively on music within the Apple Music app and things won’t be much different than they’ve always been–at least with the music bits.

No, you’re iTunes Music Store purchases will not go away. No, the iTunes Music Store is not being shut down. And no, it’s not going to scramble your library in any way (fingers crossed).

For more on the updates in Catalina, go here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “The new MacOS is out: Catalina kills iTunes dead. Good.

  • October 8, 2019 at 11:08 am
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    You upgrade and let me know how it goes. I’m not going to be a guinea pig for apple.

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  • October 8, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    as I’m used to it, iTunes works fine for me.

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  • October 9, 2019 at 5:59 pm
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    what about Audiobooks? now on Apple Books?

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