iTunes bids a fond farewell at WWDC (Latest version)

iTunes, an 18-year-old desktop program, is likely to be retired at WWDC.


Editor's note: This article was updated on June 3, 2019 to officially recognize iTunes's retirement.

WWDC 2019 mark the end of iTunes as we know it. You should now rely on Finder to sync your iPhone or iPad. Rather than using iTunes for music, there's a new one Apple Music program specific to Mac. In addition, Apple Podcasts are now the only receptacle iOS users to find podcasts, and Apple TV is responsible for TV and movies.

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Delegating tasks to these new apps may be a tough step forward, but it will probably solve the iTunes user's main problem: bloated software. Hopefully, the new division of labor will deliver fast and efficient times for each application.

Apple's rotating media program was announced in 2011 by Steve Jobs as a jukebox application with a simple user interface. It began in the era of digital and mobile media by making it accessible to all consumers, regardless of the technical experience. If not for iTunes, the smorgasbord of streaming services at our disposal there may not exist, or at least not how we recognize it.

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