'iTunes' rebrand as 'Music' imminent?

Will iTunes be rebranded as 'Music' for Mac?

  • Yes it will, but after the release of El Capitan (Post fall)

  • Yes it will, by the release of El Capitan (fall)

  • Yes, but not just yet

  • No, not at all.

  • No, it will be branded under a different name

  • Nooooooooo


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Sirious

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Anyone else think that iTunes on the Mac might soon be rebranded as 'Music' or even 'Apple Music' to keep it consistent with its iOS counterparts?

Some past changes:
Address Book >> Contacts
iCal >> Calendar
iPhoto >> Photos
iChat >> Messages

iTunes = Tunes = Music

Just thinking , and wondered if anyone else thought of it.

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hojx

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MacSomething:
For all computer hardware. MacBook, Mac Pro.

iSomething:
Phones & Tablets only (i.e. iPhone, iPad) They probably will never rename these two since the branding is simply too strong.

SOMETHING:
Everything else that is new/overhauled under Tim Cook's era.




I noticed this when Apple Watch was introduced. Apart from Apple Watch's branding, Apple's website was revamped at the same time. Even in Apple Watch's introduction video, San Francisco was used instead of the usual Helvetica Neue.
I think it is only a matter of time (many many years) most of the 'i' prefixes get removed.

Apple Watch is the first indication of a company-wide direction change. Notice how the branding is WATCH.
Bold, all-caps and emphasis on the Apple logo—a complete reversal of the ultralight Helvetica Neue used for iPhone, iPad, MacBook, etc,
Then we got MUSIC.

Even on iPhone's packaging. Instead of 'iPhone 5', for iPhone 6 it is now ' iPhone'.

I predict after a few years:
  1. tv to become TV once there is a big update from the current model, e.g. an entire TV.
  2. Separate apps in OS X for Music and Videos. See how iBooks have already been branched out.
Just like how we miss the iPhotos name, I think we will miss iTunes even more.

I guess they could not stop other companies from using i in their product names, but they can definitely stop them from using the Apple brand.
 
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mpfuchs

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Pre-iOS 5, the music app did video and music. Now we have a music app, and a videos app. Right?
Alright, then we'd have a Music app and the iTunes app on the Mac? I'm down with that...
That's not re-branding though. Just adding another stand alone app.
 
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parseckadet

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The iTunes branding is a mess, that's for sure, and Apple Music doesn't help. Now there are two music catalogs that are not the same. So just because something is in iTunes that doesn't mean it's in Apple Music (The Beatles for example). Then throw in movies and TV and all the rest and it's just a steaming pile of randomness. I'm thinking things will get worse before they get better too. Just wait and see where we end up when whatever deal Apple is working on for their streaming video service lands.
 
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Dimwhit

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In a perfect world, this is what I want:

Music - for our music library
Video - for movies, home videos, etc.
Books - for ebooks and audiobooks
Sync - This is the most important for me. A solo app whose sole purpose is to back up and since iDevices. It should allow the syncing of data from any of the above apps, plus Calendar and Contacts. For those who still do old-school syncing like that. But pull syncing abilities away from the other apps. iTunes sucks so bad at syncing right now that it's more or less worthless.
 
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kmj2318

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I think it makes sense to rebrand everything with i other than iOS, iPhone, and iPad. i refers to iOS, it makes no sense on services that can be used on Macs, iDevices, and Watches. I don't agree with people that think the i should be removed from iPhone and iPad.

iMac is probably the worst offender. I think that will be the next to go.

I think iTunes, iMessage, and iCloud should all be rebranded if you're thinking rationally. But rebranding them also has it's downsides so I can see them sticking around until they die off on their own.
 
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flur

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I think iTunes, iMessage, and iCloud should all be rebranded if you're thinking rationally. But rebranding them also has it's downsides so I can see them sticking around until they die off on their own.
I can't see iCloud dying off on it's own anytime in the foreseeable future. The could rename it Apple Cloud, but I suspect it will be stuck as iCloud no mater what other changes they make.

I do see iTunes becoming Apple Music.
 
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Sirious

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I think it makes sense to rebrand everything with i other than iOS, iPhone, and iPad. i refers to iOS, it makes no sense on services that can be used on Macs, iDevices, and Watches. I don't agree with people that think the i should be removed from iPhone and iPad.

iMac is probably the worst offender. I think that will be the next to go.

I think iTunes, iMessage, and iCloud should all be rebranded if you're thinking rationally. But rebranding them also has it's downsides so I can see them sticking around until they die off on their own.
Can't wait for 'Apple Message' :p
 
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Partron22

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In a perfect world, this is what I want:

Music - for our music library
Video - for movies, home videos, etc.
Books - for ebooks and audiobooks
Sync - This is the most important for me. A solo app whose sole purpose is to back up and since iDevices...
Good list.
However, that would involve more software effort than Apple Seems able to devote to the Mac side of the business.
I expect continued iTunes klaptrap and kludgery.
 
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malnar

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I'm certain it's going to happen very soon - my guess is in the next big keynote where they'll introduce the new iPhones and, hopefully, those iPods that were found in the device setup yesterday. Note that there are no ties to iTunes within Apple Music unless you right-click a song. Apple's giving up on music purchases - one of the execs even said during one of the videos at WWDC "you don't have to own your music anymore." Apple Music is the focus now, not iTunes. I'm guessing iTunes will remain but it will only be a tab within the Music app.
 
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dwfaust

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Maybe eventually. Problem is that the current iTunes is like the Ron Popiel of apps... it's way more than music - and it's kind of a late night infomercial quality in a lot of ways. If the rumored break up of the monolithic iTunes app ever happens, the music could very well be handled by an app called "Music". iOS has also broken out "Podcasts" and "Videos", so why not.
 
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boston04and07

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In a perfect world, this is what I want:

Music - for our music library
Video - for movies, home videos, etc.
Books - for ebooks and audiobooks
Sync - This is the most important for me. A solo app whose sole purpose is to back up and since iDevices. It should allow the syncing of data from any of the above apps, plus Calendar and Contacts. For those who still do old-school syncing like that. But pull syncing abilities away from the other apps. iTunes sucks so bad at syncing right now that it's more or less worthless.
I hope you're right. iTunes is just way too crowded. Some of the more technically-challenged people I know didn't even know it did videos, because its icon "matched" the Music app on iOS which, of course, just does music. Not like we need to necessarily always appeal to those who aren't super computer literate or anything, but I do think that greater continuity between the OS's is the way to go, and it seems as though Apple is headed in that direction.
 
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Anyone else think that iTunes on the Mac might soon be rebranded as 'Music' or even 'Apple Music' to keep it consistent with its iOS counterparts?

Some past changes:
Address Book >> Contacts
iCal >> Calendar
iPhoto >> Photos
iChat >> Messages

iTunes = Tunes = Music

Just thinking , and wondered if anyone else thought of it.

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(I know right, I'm using my time to think about a name change that will do nothing in terms of function of the app in question.) :D
Nope, iTunes does much more than music. If it's broken up into separate apps then it'll become music.
 
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0000757

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What I'm actually disappointed they didn't do was separate iTunes out into Music, Videos, and iTunes (the Store) apps.

They should really do this, or at the very minimum separate Videos and Music/Podcasts from the iTunes app, but have them share the same in-app store and library on the computer.
 
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Andres Cantu

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Anyone else think that iTunes on the Mac might soon be rebranded as 'Music' or even 'Apple Music' to keep it consistent with its iOS counterparts?

Some past changes:
Address Book >> Contacts
iCal >> Calendar
iPhoto >> Photos
iChat >> Messages

iTunes = Tunes = Music

Just thinking , and wondered if anyone else thought of it.

View attachment 565447 View attachment 565448

(I know right, I'm using my time to think about a name change that will do nothing in terms of function of the app in question.) :D
That's actually a really good point/observation, and I would like for the name to change. However, if iTunes was renamed to "Music," then wouldn't they have to offer another application to sync iOS devices to Macs and PCs? I wouldn't mind, in fact, it might make sense depending on what they would call such an app. Maybe by iOS 10, to coincide with the 5 year-old announcement of "PC-free" iOS device activations.
 
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I don't understand why you want things broken up. I mean, iTunes is fast on my SSD and I know all my music, podcasts, TV shows, and moves are in one place. Now I would like a separate Sync app that links to iTunes for iOS devices, but dividing iTunes up means you have to access more apps and when you sync iOS devices you'll have to synch from 3-6 applications.
 
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Sirious

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I don't understand why you want things broken up. I mean, iTunes is fast on my SSD and I know all my music, podcasts, TV shows, and moves are in one place. Now I would like a separate Sync app that links to iTunes for iOS devices, but dividing iTunes up means you have to access more apps and when you sync iOS devices you'll have to synch from 3-6 applications.
I don't 'want' or need my things broken up, but for consistency's sake, its a much better approach.

It's simple - in my head anyway
  • Music = integrates the store to buy and purchase music, podcasts and music videos. Also lets you sync all the current stuff to your iOS devices. Lets you play audio podcasts as well as music.
  • Videos = play those music videos, TV shows, video podcasts and movies, with an integrated store for movies, music videos and video podcasts
But then you could say: Why have 'QuickTime' if you have 'Videos', and they basically do the same thing?
Another rebrand? :p;)

I understand that maybe this approach might become clutter some, but Apple might be able to pull it off in a different way which I can not foresee at the moment.
 
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