If iTunes goes away, what happens to iPod Classic syncing?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Lactoes, May 31, 2019.

  1. Lactoes macrumors member

    May 18, 2011
    Assuming iTunes is retired, I'm wondering if the new dedicated Music app will support obsolete devices. I doubt it personally.

    Think it'll happen, or do we Classic, etc. users stick with iTunes til the bitter end?
  2. bodonnell202 macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2016
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    It looks like the Music App should continue to serve this function, at least for now.
  3. speedyraf macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2007
    That's what I'd like to know, now having an iPod nano 7th generation. I use it daily for a number of activities that are not suitable for my iPhone.
  4. davesax1 macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2019
    Syncing is more than tunes. What should be separated out is a separate "syncing" module that addresses Outlook Windows and Microsoft. My main concern is keeping calendar and contacts from outlook synced. Currently hard to eliminate duplicates or otherwise consolidate between computers. Some need to coordinate 3 or more devices. Personally, I exclude mail from syncing due to the high volume.
  5. Scoot65 macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2017
    England, United Kingdom
    I'd like to know for sure the answer to this question too. From what I've read in the article, I think we'll still be able to sink our classic iPods. .........I hope so, I have two 2nd Gen 20GB iPods and two 5th Gen 60GB iPods
  6. Slix macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2010
    I'm waiting to see the answer to this as well. I have more than 10 iPods, so I hope they don't remove any functionality for syncing in this new Music app. Once the public beta is available I'll do some testing to see if it'll suit my needs.
  7. Buadhai macrumors member


    Jan 15, 2018
    Korat, Thailand
    According to a report from MacInTouch device syncing will move to the Finder in MacOS 10.15 (Catalina).
  8. kvncrw46 macrumors newbie


    Jul 14, 2015
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    My fear for my beloved iPod classic and syncing, too. I also create unique playlists from different music podcasts. I also have playlists combining music and selected podcasts. I suppose this feature will disappear along with the playlists. We'll see if the flexibility and connectivity between 'music' and 'podcasts' that iTunes provided remains at least in part. Hope so
  9. VirtuallyInsane macrumors newbie


    Nov 16, 2018
    I guess it's bye-bye to my MacBook Air from 2014 then. Heard it's slow as molasses on Mojave. Don't wanna know what it'll do on Catalina. Kept it on Yosemite so long, don't wanna upgrade it at all.
  10. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Huh? Not sure how this is related to device syncing, but my relative's 2012 Macbook Air is running fine even on Mojave. Don't see why it would be crawling on Catalina, let alone a 2014 model.
  11. VirtuallyInsane macrumors newbie


    Nov 16, 2018
    I mean, if iTunes goes and the only way to get iTunes to sync is through updating my system and finding sync through Catalina then I guess I’ll have to save up for a new MacBook. Or just not update iTunes some way.

    I have heard a lot of complaints about Mojave being slow as molasses on these models. I did some research into it before I was gonna update. Maybe Catalina will fix all that.
  12. Slix macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2010
    I have a 2012 MacBook Air and Mojave runs well.

    In case you guys are confused, which is seems there is some confusion: iTunes is not going to delete itself from your Mac if you don't update to Catalina. I've been using iTunes on older Macs for years off and on, they still sync with iPods that were out from that era even without iTunes being up to date. You can continue to use iTunes on Mojave (or Yosemite or whatever) if that's what you prefer (or can't update to Catalina).

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