San Francisco – It's time to say goodbye to iTunes, the revolutionary program that popularized the sale of music online and managed to mitigate the effects of piracy.
This, assuming, that you still use iTunes – what many no longer do. In the iPhones the functions for music, video and books have long been separated. Mac computers did the same on Monday with a software update called Catalina.
Subscription music services such as Spotify and Apple Music have virtually completely replaced both iTunes software and the sale of individual songs, which iTunes initially offered at 99 cents per song. Now, Apple gave iTunes the last push towards his grave. For those who subscribed to Apple Music, the music store will be hidden on the Mac.RELATED
Replacing the entire iTunes program with separate applications for music, video and other services will allow Apple to add features for specific types of media and thus better promote its music and television streaming services to compensate for the decline in iPhone sales.
At first, iTunes was simply a simple way to centralize music on Apple's flagship product, the iPod music player. Users connected the iPod to a computer, and the songs automatically synchronized – innovative simplicity for the time.
“I made fun of my friends who used anything other than an iPod,” said Jacob Titus, a 26-year-old graphic designer in South Bend, Indiana.
Apple launched the iTunes music store in 2003, two years after the debut of the iPod. With a single release price – 99 cents per song and $ 9.99 for almost all albums – most customers were happy to buy music legally instead of downloading it from suspicious websites.
But over time the iTunes software expanded to include podcasts, downloadable books, audiobooks, movies and television shows. In the iPhone era, iTunes also backed up and synchronized audio recordings. As the software expanded to add more features, iTunes lost the simplicity and ease of use that initially made it attractive.