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With the launch of macOS 10.15, Apple may be planning to release separate Music and Podcasts apps for the Mac, according to developer Steve Troughton-Smith.

In a tweet shared this afternoon, Troughton-Smith said that based on evidence he's discovered, Apple appears to be working on new UIKit-based Music, Podcasts, and Books apps for macOS, all three of which will join the TV app that Apple has said is in the works.

Separate apps for each of these services suggest that Apple is planning to break up the iTunes app for Mac, which is where Podcasts, Movies, and TV Shows are available at the current time. Apple already has a Books app, but an updated version or separate app that includes audiobooks could be in development.

I am now fairly confident based on evidence I don't wish to make public at this point that Apple is planning new (likely UIKit) Music, Podcasts, perhaps even Books, apps for macOS, to join the new TV app. I expect the four to be the next wave of Marzipan apps. Grain of salt, etc - Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) April 5, 2019

Apple in macOS Mojave introduced the groundwork for cross-platform iOS and Mac apps, and Apple introduced dedicated Mac apps for Stocks, Home, Apple News, and Voice Memos. All of these apps were based on iOS apps, and with new the software coming in 2019, additional iOS apps could be brought to Mac to replace iTunes.

And yes, this means the much-discussed and long-awaited break up of iTunes. Finally! - Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) April 5, 2019

Troughton-Smith has, in the past, shared accurate info on Apple's plans based on hints and code discovered in current versions of Apple's operating systems.

Apple will macOS 10.15 alongside iOS 13 at its 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference, which is set to kick off on June 3.

Article Link: Apple May Be Planning to Break Up iTunes With New Music and Podcast Apps for Mac
 

T'hain Esh Kelch

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With the launch of macOS 10.15, Apple may be planning to release separate Music and Podcasts apps for the Mac, according to developer Steve Troughton-Smith.

Separate apps for each of these services suggest that Apple is planning to break up the iTunes app for Mac, which is where Podcasts, Movies, and TV Shows are available at the current time. Apple already has a Books app, but an updated version or separate app that includes audiobooks could be in development.

Oh man yes, I hope so!


Apple in macOS Mojave introduced the groundwork for cross-platform iOS and Mac apps, and Apple introduced dedicated Mac apps for Stocks, Home, Apple News, and Voice Memos. All of these apps were based on iOS apps, and with new the software coming in 2019, additional iOS apps could be brought to Mac to replace iTunes.
Oh no... I certainly don't hope we get something that looks even remotely similar to the iOS Music app.. D:

Is a bare bones iTunes app, for MUSIC, really so much to ask for??
 

adamw

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Sounds interesting. Is Apple positioning itself to split off iTunes into various apps to help defend itself against legal claims for "Apple Tax" and Spotify's claims of Apple being a monopoly?
 

RevTEG

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I wouldn't mind having a standalone podcast and music app from Apple on my Mac. I don't use my MacBook for music and podcast just because of the iTunes bloat.
 
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zombierunner

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Please change the way tracks are added to playlists in iOS Music app. They go to the bottom by default, then you have drag it like a muppet to the top. Also allow multiple tracks to be selected and moved. Also allow start and end times to be selected, something you can only do through the iTunes app on a Mac/PC.
 
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