macOS 10.15 Expected to Feature Standalone Music and Podcasts Apps and Redesigned Books App

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The next major release of macOS will feature standalone Music and Podcasts apps alongside Apple's promised TV app coming to the Mac this fall, according to 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo, who has discovered icons for the apps. Rambo says he has confirmed the plans with sources familiar with the matter.

    Image via 9to5Mac

    The report also claims that the existing Books app on Mac will be redesigned to look more like the Apple News app on Mac.

    Like the Apple News, Home, Stocks, and Voice Memos apps on macOS Mojave, Rambo says the new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps will be built with Apple's so-called Marzipan developer tools, which allow for a single app to be designed to run across iPhone, iPad, and Mac with a similar codebase.

    Despite the standalone Music and Podcasts apps, Rambo says iTunes will stick around on the next major macOS release, as it is still used for some legacy purposes like manual syncing of older iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

    Apple's plans to bring UIKit-based Music, Podcasts, and possibly Books apps to the Mac were first hinted at by developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Twitter last week. Apple should unveil macOS 10.15 alongside iOS 13, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13 at WWDC 2019, which kicks off on June 3 in San Jose.

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  2. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    With the rise of podcasts it's a good idea to have it's own app. Also I'm very glad Music on macOS will (finally) have it's own app! Bye iTunes...
  3. DaveP macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2005
    iTunes has sort of become a bloated, complicated mess. Very interested to see what they come up with.
  4. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    So you’ll buy stuff in the iTunes app and it’ll transfer over to Music? Like I wonder how that’ll work.

    I’m assuming we’ll still sync through iTunes for photos.
  5. Mikey44 macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2012
    I have a feeling that the music app will only be Apple Music, rather than allowing you to maintain your own library, which is what iTunes is supposed to do... I'd love to be proved wrong, but based on how Apple has been moving... they are trying to push services so much recently.

    Each of these can earn them some money, where as a dedicated library doesn't earn them as much money.
  6. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    As long as it is fully functional. The current Marzipan apps seemed quite lazy and just simple ports of the iOS counterpart with no added desktop features.
  7. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Is there a reason the iTunes Music store and Apple Music have to be separate apps? I’d prefer it if you could just buy something right within Apple Music and album/song reviews/ratings would be right there as well. Is there really a reason for iTunes to exist on iOS?
  8. potatis macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2006
    The best thing with iTunes was when it changed icon to make it feel like a new app. I hope the tradition is carried over
  9. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    Apple will give you a new icon but not a new app. Don't expect much from them.
  10. dombi macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2003
    I remember the days when Mac OS updates were interesting. We talked about things like multitasking, 64-bit, Quartz Extreme, Fast User Switching, Expose, other GUI changes etc.
    Now the big features are mainly service related...
  11. YaBe macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2017
    Didn't they update the filesystem in the latest release? But yeah i know what you mean, the good old days were.....good!
  12. EvilEvil macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    New York City
    Hopefully, the individual apps won't be bloated themselves.
  13. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    As long as they leave a way for me to manage and sync my local libraries and have access to my downloaded content.

    Don’t take away smart playlists, still let me access my music and video files in the Finder for copying and backing up, and allow me to sync to offline devices and I’m indifferent.
  14. ___joshuaturner macrumors member


    Dec 15, 2017
    Assuming this doesn't ruin my existing music library with iTunes Match, I am very excited for this.
  15. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Wish I had a separate place to go for my device backups. It’s really the only thing I personally need iTunes on Mac for at this point in the game.
  16. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014
    Will there be a separate iPhone Maintenance Utility? Like the old iPod Firmware Utility?
  17. PJivan macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2015
    Like new file system, 32 bit deprecation, SIP and Gatekeeper, external gpu, Core ML, caching server, metal, marzipan are not deep and interesting change... maybe you don't like IT like you used to.
  18. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    My guess:

    Apple will resurrect iSync by turning iTunes into brand-new Apple Sync.
  19. mattias800 macrumors newbie


    Feb 11, 2019
    I still don't understand why not all backups are done with Time Machine.
  20. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    I have no plans on going past 10.14 until I eventually get a new computer.

    I hope these changes will not screw up users that use 10.14 or earlier.
  21. kcslc macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2018
    3 separate bloated messes. The ability to do a fully supported complete OS restore on the iPhone using iTunes has saved me on more than one occasion. I don’t want to see this feature go away...
  22. Mick-Mac macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    This will be a welcome and long overdue change, but it shouldn't be the basis for a new version of OS X. At this point I'd be happy with a release of Snow Mojave (i.e. just fix the huge mountain of bugs that have accumulated so far)
  23. DoubleU macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2008
    I’d assume it’s To to do with rights issues. Not all songs that are available to buy in the iTunes Store are available to stream in Apple Music; and there are also songs that you can only purchase if you buy the entire album in the iTunes Store that might be available to stream via Apple Music
  24. Mr. 123 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2016
    I am a iTunes Match user and I have a lot of music that isn’t on iTunes Store including my own music. If they keep the functions that allow you to tag your music and make smart playlists etc I’m on board with splitting iTunes but if they just replace iTunes (which is IMO the best music management app on macOS) with the iOS music app, I will be really disappointed in Apple. There are people who don’t like streaming 256k music and who have a personal collection.
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