iTunes has been the way Apple users listen to music, watch movies and TV shows, hear podcasts, and manage their devices for almost two decades. This year, Apple is finally ready to move into a new era. The company is launching a trio of new apps for the Mac – Music, TV, and Podcasts – to replace iTunes. That matches Apple’s media app strategy on iPhones and iPads. Without iTunes, customers can manage their Apple gadgets through the Music app.
iTunes has gotten steadily worse over that last two decades, mind you. It was so bad that I stopped trying to make my iPod work and just put all my damn music on my phone. The Play Music app on my Samsung may be clunky, but it doesn’t lose a random fifth of my music every time I try to sync. In fact, it doesn’t sync at all. It just sits there and avoids doing anything dynamic, like blowing up on me.
So… good riddance? Which is something that I’ve generally said about Apple products lately anyway. It’s not been the same since the Toymaker passed.