Apple’s iTunes Store, iTunes App for Windows Aren’t Going Away

Oscar Cross
June 4, 2019

A dark mode for the iPhone and the end of iTunes could be among the announcements made by Apple on Monday at its annual developer conference.

Apple clarified that the iTunes Store app for iOS will continue to be the place for iPhone and iPad users to purchase and download music, as well as buy or rent movies and TV shows.

Last Friday it was reported that Apple would likely to retire iTunes and replace it with standalone apps for music, TV, and more.

Those and the other software important to developers like Apple SDKs, provisioning profiles, FPS SDK and deployment package, and etcetera. Only Apple Podcasts is really new, to be honest.

In a nod to some of the more analytical features of its rivals, Apple said it was improving the trend reporting section of the watch software.

First introduced in 2001 at the Macworld Expo and released two years later, iTunes quickly gathered steam to become users' preferred platform upon which they could listen to and watch multimedia as well as manage their Apple devices.

The new apps will feature new sidebars and clearer menus that aim to be easier to navigate compared to iTunes.


It seems that the rumors are true: Apple is shutting down iTunes for good.

Other iOS upgrades include updates to Apple's Reminders and Health apps and new features for Maps, Messages, Apple Books and Mail.

As part of that effort, Apple is supplementing its music streaming service with a video gaming bundle and a Netflix-like video streaming service scheduled to debut this autumn.

This comes just as the company is about to kick off its Worldwide Developers Conference 2019, where it's said to announce it's killing the 18-year-old service for good.

From the operating systems' end, you can expect the iOS 13 to be presented in the beta version as will be the macOS 10.15, WatchOS 6 and tvOS 13.

Leaked screenshots published earlier this year suggested that the Music service will look similar to the existing iTunes software.

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