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macOS Catalina does away with the iTunes app, a longtime staple of the Mac operating system, which, unsurprisingly, has left many with questions on just how that's going to work.

To answer questions about the imminent sunsetting of iTunes, Apple has created a support document that explains all of the upcoming changes.

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Apple is planning to split iTunes into three apps in macOS Catalina: Music, Podcasts, and TV, which, when combined, will replicate much of the functionality that's currently available through iTunes in macOS Mojave and earlier versions of macOS.

One of the most frequent questions concerns device management and syncing, which is currently done through iTunes. In Catalina, Apple is transitioning device management functionality to the Finder app, and when you plug an iOS device into your Mac, it will be listed as an available device on the left side of the window, with all of the same controls and information.

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The Music app is going to feature all of the music that you've imported or purchased, and the iTunes Store is still going to be available in the Music app for making music purchases. Apple Music will also be available in the Music app right alongside your purchased music or music ripped from CDs and other sources. iTunes Music purchases will also continue to be available on iOS.

Likewise, TV shows and Movies that you've purchased or rented from iTunes will be listed in the upcoming Apple TV app, and it will also be used for future purchases and rentals.

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All of your subscribed podcasts will be transitioned over to the Podcasts app, while audiobooks can be purchased and accessed in the Apple Books app for Mac.

iTunes Gift Cards and iTunes credits will be usable in the new TV and Music apps and in the App Store, so there's no significant change there.

Though iTunes is gone in macOS Catalina, all of the iTunes functionality is available through the Music, Podcasts, Books, and upcoming TV apps, so in practice, there are few changes for end users. In many ways, the split makes a lot more sense than having all of those features in one spot, and most users should be able to adjust to the changes quickly.

Article Link: Apple Details iTunes Changes Coming in macOS Catalina
 

jonblatho

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It should be noted that (at least as of now) the iTunes Store is hidden by default in the Music app. You have to select View > Show iTunes Store to see it in the sidebar. (This could also be because I'm an Apple Music subscriber.)

Update: It is indeed because I'm an Apple Music subscriber, apparently.
 
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DocMultimedia

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The press has made it sound like the end of iTunes is the end of music on the Mac. I've had a half dozen of my friends asking me where their music would go, what will happen to my playlists, and how do I play music on my computer. Really overblown. I just tell people to remain calm. The world isn't ending...you'll still have music!!!
 

milo

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much of the functionality that's currently available through iTunes
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all of the iTunes functionality is available through the Music, Podcasts, Books, and upcoming TV apps

So is it much of it or all of it? Hopefully the latter.
 
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Here's what it says about movies and tv shows:
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.


Currently, I have my movies ripped to a hard drive on my Mac. The movie files are added to my iTunes library. I like to play them on my networked Apple TV. It works very well as it currently is. I hope they are not removing from the new Apple TV app for Mac the ability to add one's own home movies or movie rips. If so, then I will have to use Plex or Infuse on the Apple TV. However, I like how well the "Computer" app works on the Apple TV for playing my video files.
 

arkmannj

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I'm a little surprised that they didn't resurrect iSync into a modern form for the device management/syncing.
I would think we want Finder nice and Lean :)
but this likely does provide a simpler, more user friendly approach for end users than having another extra app.
 

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Here's what it says about movies and tv shows:
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.


Currently, I have my movies ripped to a hard drive on my Mac. The movie files are added to my iTunes library. I like to play them on my networked Apple TV. It works very well as it currently is. I hope they are not removing from the new Apple TV app for Mac the ability to add one's own home movies or movie rips. If so, then I will have to use Plex or Infuse on the Apple TV. However, I like how well the "Computer" app works on the Apple TV for playing my video files.

This was my concern as well... they haven't said anything about imported video, just audio.
 

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Though iTunes is gone in macOS Catalina, all of the iTunes functionality is available through the Music, Podcasts, Books, and upcoming TV apps, so in practice, there are few changes for end users.

You might be right in the end, but this is certainly not confirmed by the scant information in the article or the support document it references. It does not address home sharing at all. Will I still be able to share all 1.5 TB of Music, Movies and TV shows on my Mini with my Apple TV's, Macs and iPad? This is the main thing I use iTunes for, the Mini is an iTunes server that runs 24/7. And this is dead simple, just turn on home sharing in iTunes. Is this even possible with the new apps?

And the iOS TV app is horrible for accessing my shared library on my iPad. I have to quit/restart the TV app for it to even find the shared library. And it's a joke trying to find the movie I want from slowly updated alphabetical list of 600 titles in my library.
 

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I still see no actual advantage to any of this, other than to calm the complaints of people who have moaned about it for years. I do see disadvantages.

"Audiobooks that you purchased from iTunes will now be in the updated Apple Books app."

And the Audiobooks you haven't purchased from iTunes? Where do they go?
 

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One thing conspicuous by its absence in the support document is any mention of how home sharing is going to work once the iTunes split happens - I’ve got a lot of imported movies, tv shows and home video in my iTunes library and I use home sharing to stream these to my iPad and Apple TV... I’m going to be very unhappy if this functionality goes away in Catalina!
 

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Here's what it says about movies and tv shows:
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.


Currently, I have my movies ripped to a hard drive on my Mac. The movie files are added to my iTunes library. I like to play them on my networked Apple TV. It works very well as it currently is. I hope they are not removing from the new Apple TV app for Mac the ability to add one's own home movies or movie rips. If so, then I will have to use Plex or Infuse on the Apple TV. However, I like how well the "Computer" app works on the Apple TV for playing my video files.

No, your video rips etc are all still there. Home Sharing is switched on in the System Preferences in the Sharing tab now.
 

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I hope this doesn’t kill Apple’s Remote app on iOS as a way to control playback from a ripped music library. I use it to control a headless music server, and doing it any other way would be a pain.
 

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They will do the same as with books - formerly integrated in iTunes. All of your local content will be moved to a hidden directory, all files wil become renamed and encoded to ease the database handling and upload to their servers for Music Match management.

So: Your old album "Yellow Submarine" will be stored in a folder like
(9as752'908zsdfg7z20'4958zw

as well as all tracks will look like:
01 09ds8'2345qoigh
02 aso93'8475w0e98rzt
03 1'203984asdfiu1(=9
and so on.

And it will be mandatory (and not editable), to store them in the hidden default folder.
Yes, I am joking, but who knows, they did it with all our Ebooks, when they transferred them to the new "Books"-App.
 
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