Apple's Upcoming Music and TV Apps on Mac Revealed in Leaked Screenshots


macrumors member
Jun 24, 2012
The major problem with iTunes is it's lack of support for both hi-rez formats (24bit/192 etc) and Flac. Apple only offering low quality compressed downloads and streaming is also a major turn off from their ecosystem. Time will tell but my guess is this will continue regardless of the new music app.
iTunes does support high-resolution files, just not in the FLAC container.
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macrumors G5
Mar 21, 2011
Australia, Perth
Apple's unbundleing iTunes

Am I the only one who remembers when Mac OS X was a hodgepodge of aqua, brushed metal, bordered and borderless windows, various abandoned UX ideas like drawers, and a ****in' leather-skinned calendar?

If it was anything like the Amiga was.... ya, i can picture it. But:

Still looks like folders.. (Classic MacOS). "Drawers" would have been good on Mac.
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 27, 2006
Hopefully, this is an early version of the apps. They (and all Mac apps) should have the same look and feel, not something totally different.


macrumors member
Jul 29, 2004
That TV App top bar almost looks like brushed metal. Surely that's not making a comeback is it? Are we now getting nostalgia in our OS releases?


macrumors regular
Dec 3, 2009
colourful sidebar icons :eek:

i hope they allow this in the the finder sidebar, or atleast an option to toggle between colour and greyscale
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macrumors 68000
Feb 10, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
I just hope Apple starts supporting 4K streaming on the Mac. It's hard to watch 1080p and 720p iTunes content on my 5K screen.

And they really ought to work with Netflix to start allowing Netflix in 4K on the Mac too! You gotta play ball with other companies in order to make your customers happy, Apple!
Amen to that. We have these beautiful 4 and 5K screens and we can watch...YouTube in chrome.


macrumors 601
Sep 14, 2010
That looks so rubbish. I mean I'll reserve my judgment for actually using it, but for example can I edit my music details? Can I view number of play and chose which fields I want (sample rate, last played etc?) Hope I can completely remove all traces of Apple Music, as I don't and never will use it.

Also where is the iTunes store?

Bit over every time a Mac app is redesigned it looses features (Final Cut, Photos, iWork) and then takes years to regain them. Hope this isn't the case.
Literally cannot wait to see how it f***s up my carefully-curated library.


macrumors 601
Sep 14, 2010
Robust smart playlists; granular ratings (5 star system, and even half-stars if you turn those on like me, lol); lots of editable metadata (including weird but useful stuff like custom sort fields) and track-specific options like start time, stop time, remember playback position (all of which syncs across devices); the ability to change said metadata (plus stuff like album art) even on Apple Music (don't believe you can do that on Spotify, and a surprising amount of my music is incorrectly named or has crappy scans of the art in Spotify); editable lyrics (which sync across all your devices); various highly customizable views (and the ability to import/export playlists, copy/paste list views into spreadsheet apps, etc.); and I could literally go on and on...

Like I said, it's a little clunky (though not nearly as hard to use or navigate as people make it seem), and by now we should have handoff between this and the iOS Music app, etc. and lots of other minor features would be nice, but man, people really don't give iTunes credit for the power user features it has maintained over the years. If the new Music app is a repeat of the Final Cut Pro debacle from years back, I really don't know what I'm going to do...
Yes this terrifies me as well.

I don't recall a recent MacOS program 'redesign' where the program hasn't lost half its features. iWork still hasn't reached feature parity with iWork 09' which is just pathetic.
Am I the only one who remembers when Mac OS X was a hodgepodge of aqua, brushed metal, bordered and borderless windows, various abandoned UX ideas like drawers, and a ****in' leather-skinned calendar?
I remember. Leopard fixed a lot of this. I would have thought Apple would have learnt from this and wouldn't go back to anything like it again.

But oh here's the future. We sacrifice all the benefits of Intel, so Apple can make more money and every Mac App becomes a dodgy iPad port because thats easier than deigning a fun custom interface.


macrumors regular
Dec 29, 2004
Any speculation on whether we'll still be able to add our own content to the TV app? I note in macOS it says "Recently added" and on iOS it's "Recent purchases".


macrumors 65816
Jun 6, 2005
I don’t like these generic names. Hard to search google for “photos” the app vs just photos. Now music and videos? ITunes is great name. Keep it.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 9, 2007
Note the article says that the Music app is "based on iTunes". Not sure what they're hinting at, but please for the love of God don't say it's the same code as iTunes...
I honestly would not be surprised if it just iTunes with new GUI. Make up on a pig.

I am definitely no software engineer. But my understanding is the DRM needed to keep content providers happy such as disabling access to the music when your subscriptions ends from would be fairly complex. I highly doubt Apple re-built these systems this quickly.

And if they did then expect bugs all over the place.


macrumors regular
Jul 9, 2015
Please please please please... All I want is for iTunes (/new Music app) and iOS to natively support FLAC files. It’s such a pain in the *ss to convert everything to ALAC and manage 2 music libraries, or using workarounds that don’t work fully.
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Apr 25, 2012

Apple is widely expected to unveil the next major version of macOS at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next week, and rumors suggest that the update will introduce standalone apps for Music and Podcasts. Apple also confirmed that its TV app will be expanding to the Mac in the fall.

Now, we have our first glimpse at what the Music and TV apps should look like courtesy of 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo, who has leaked screenshots of each app. Rambo says the screenshots are legitimate, rather than mockups or concepts, although parts have been redacted to protect his sources.

The report claims the new Music app is based on iTunes, as evident by the similar design language. Apple Music sections including For You, Browse, and Radio are listed in the sidebar with playback controls up top.

Music app via 9to5Mac

The new TV app is shown with a toolbar for switching between Watch Now, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, and Library sections. The sidebar contains the Library subsections of Recently Added, Movies, TV Shows, and Downloaded along with genres such as Action and Adventure, Comedy, Drama, and Kids.

TV app via 9to5Mac

The screenshots are not particularly revealing since some information has been redacted, but they provide a good glimpse of the overall look and feel of Music and TV on Mac. No screenshots of the rumored Podcasts app were shared.

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Article Link: Apple's Upcoming Music and TV Apps on Mac Revealed in Leaked Screenshots
Apple should just revert to Soundjam. It bought Soundjam, which was a wonderful app, and proceeded to turn it into a bloated dumpster fire called iTunes over the years.


macrumors 68000
Sep 9, 2017
I like the TV app. The Music app just looks like there's a lot of wasted space. I understand with a lot of albums and stuff in there it'll be a lot less empty but it still feels like they could've used the space given in a better way.


macrumors 6502
Jul 21, 2014
Hopefully it still maintains the list view....navigating large libraries is almost impossible without it.

Agree completely on wanting to disable rented content and focus only on owned, but I think Apple just doesn't care about that use case anymore.

And wonder where the iOS sync function lives....


macrumors 68040
Dec 12, 2011
South Carolina, United States
Look at the inconsistency in design. Shocking. Search bar in the left pane in the music app. Search bar in the top right in the TV app. No reason for the difference. Just carelessness. Both should be in the left hand pane imo as it looks nice and clean, but at least make it consistent. Same for the back arrow placement. Same for the left pane extending all the way up in the Music app, but running into the top header bar in the TV app.

Awful. Totally amateur. This company used to pride itself on extreme attention to detail. I know it's cliché at this point, but this simply wouldn't have happened under Jobs. He was a perfectionist. It's increasingly clear that it was him all along that was responsible for the incredible design language that typified Apple right up until his death. Jony Ive looking more and more like a fraud with every passing day. I know this is software, but he's a major player in design at Apple and both hardware and software have nosedived in quality since 2012.

It was always Jobs.
You call this "incredible design language"?

But sure... keep kissing up to Steve Jobs' corpse