Published: Mon, June 03, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Apple is shutting down iTunes

Apple is shutting down iTunes

As per a report by Bloomberg, Apple will announce the end of iTunes, which lasted for 18 years at the WWDC keynote event that's scheduled for Monday, June 3.

As per customary, WWDC-related rumours have started flying around but one part of the report by the consumer technology reporter at Bloomberg, Mark Gurman has certainly caught our attention.

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iTunes has been the way Apple users listen to music, watch TV and movies and enjoy podcasts since its introduction in January 2001.

As it tried to do everything, it often did nothing well and still missed key features.

With streaming overtaking downloads, and Apple eager to push its own Apple Music service, iTunes looks set to be deemed surplus to requirements. During the same developer conference a year ago, Apple introduced iOS 12, WatchOS 5, MacOS Mojave, and tvOS 12. This year it's iOS' turn, meaning you will get a system-wide dark mode on both iPads and iPhones. Now a new report seems to confirm the same.

iTunes revolutionised the music software world in the early 2000s, but it's since become an object of scorn for many. Because if true, an App Store on a SIM-enabled device makes it largely independent of the iPhone.

Apple has maintained that its tight control of the store allows it to protect user privacy and guard against malicious software by vetting what goes on its virtual shelves.

The company has also been criticised by a group of 17 developers of parental monitoring and screen time apps, who say they have been blocked from the App Store in an anti-competitive move. What might be interesting to watch is how Apple skirts around its ongoing battle with developers.

Apple's pivotal media app was first announced by Steve Jobs in 2011 as a jukebox application with a simple user interface.

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