Apple iTunes vs Apple Music: Will you lose all your music as Apple SCRAP iTunes app?

Wednesday - 05/06/2019 15:47
Apple Music: iTunes users can relax as all your music will remain (Image: Getty)
Apple Music: iTunes users can relax as all your music will remain (Image: Getty)
APPLE is replacing its iconic iTunes service with three new apps; Music, TV and Podcasts. So what will happen to all your music on iTunes after the move?

iTunes was introduced in 2001 with the release of the first Apple iPod, which transformed digital music. Digital music had until then existed in a culture in which pirate sites ruled and illegal downloading was rife. But by April 2004, when the iTunes store arrived in the UK, Apple has already legally acquired 85 million songs.

Now, after 18 years of music downloads, storage, and streaming, iTunes will be replaced in favour of three new and separate apps from the tech gaint dubbed Music, TV and Podcasts.

It appears iTunes will gradually be phased out with the introduction of Catalina, the new version of MacOS.

The trio of new Apple apps will then take over all of iTunes’ existing functionality.

And the music side of the service is being replaced in favour of an app simply titled Music.

Here is everything you need to know about Apple’s plans to transition you to its new Music app.

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Apple Music: iTunes users can relax as all your music will remain (Image: Getty)


Apple Music: iTunes will be replaced in favour of Apple Music, (Image: Getty)

Will I lose my music when I migrate to Apple's new Music app?

Every song you’ve ever bought, ripped, uploaded or imported will already be part of Apple's new Music app after you upgrade from your current Mac OS version to Catalina.

And all the files that are already on your computer will remain in your library.

Apple will not remove anything you already own, however it will slightly reorganise where the files are found.

Users will also receive access to the same number of 50 million plus songs with Apple Music.

It is worth noting while Apple's new app is dubbed Music, this does not mean users will need to enroll in the firm's Apple Music subscription service to make use of it.

Fans will still be able to purchase individual songs and albums, as was possible on iTunes.

You will also retain the ability to burn CDs if you still posses an external CD drive and the necessary cables.

iTunes was the app used for backing up devices and syncing settings, and those capabilities will exist with Catalina, just not in Apple's new Music app.

These abilities will soon be found via the Mac’s Finder tool.

If you want to move music onto a device, you open one of your media apps, click and drag from your music library into the folder for your connected device, and it will transfer over.

Apple Music: Apple plans to gradually transition users to its new Music app (Image: Getty)


Apple Music is the American tech giant's music subscription service (Image: Getty)

Why Apple is shutting iTunes?

A consensus of industry insiders believe it is a smart move for Apple to shut down iTunes.

As the data backbone of iPhones and iPads, iTunes’ original purpose as a place to listen to and store music has been rendered all but obsolete.

This is especially the case with the rise of music streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.

How the transition will work is still to be confirmed but migrating downloaded media between the platforms should not prove difficult.


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