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Apple announces document describing iTunes changes in macOS Catalina


We’ve been learning more and more about Apple’s plans to separate iTunes on the Mac in new standalone apps, with Music, Podcasts, and TV. This afternoon, Apple published a full document on how the macOS Catalina, Apple’s upcoming update, will seem with iTunes in the operating system.

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Apple explained in the document, how the iTunes app will be separated into three standalone apps included in macOS Catalina. The company showed us a list of where the popular iTunes features are moving:

  • Music that you’ve imported or purchased 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.
  • 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 Apple Books for Mac for future audiobook purchases.
  • iTunes Gift Cards and iTunes credits will be maintained and can be used with the new apps and the App Store.

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Apple also reassures users that all of their app libraries will be automatically moved to their respective apps. “Your entire media collection will find a new home and transition automatically”, Apple says.

When it comes to buying music through the iTunes Store, Apple again notes that the iTunes Store will be available in the same form that it is now, just through the sidebar in the Music app. It also reaffirms that device syncing will move to Finder:

All of the ways you manage devices in iTunes will soon appear in the Finder on Mac. Your sync settings and previous backups in iTunes will be kept safe on your Mac after updating to macOS Catalina. Now that devices appear in Finder, it’s also easier to drag and drop files you want to transfer all in one place.

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View the full support document from Apple here.


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