Apple explains how to run macOS without iTunes

Apple explains how to run macOS without iTunes

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It has provided us with information about the next removal of your desktop media player, but some key details remain unclear.

The company published a new document (observed by 9to5Mac) that explains exactly what will happen to the various facets of iTunes and how everything will work in macOS Catalina.

In terms of content

The easiest way to follow the changes is to think of four different types of content that were available for purchase through iTunes: music, movies and TV shows, podcasts and audiobooks, as each one moves to its independent application: Apple Music, Apple TV, Podcasts and Apple Books. Everything you have purchased, rented or imported into iTunes will be available in these applications.

Also, your iTunes gift cards and credits will not disappear; You can use them with the new applications, as well as with the App Store.

And you can still buy music on Mac, iOS, PC and Apple TV through the iTunes Store. For other types of content, you will have to use individual applications: you will buy movies and TV shows through Apple TV and books through Apple Books.


The important issue of synchronizing, restoring and backing up your mobile devices: iPhone, iPad and iPod. All that will move to Finder, the file management application that is available on each Mac.

This covers the basics

Apple has shared some additional details. The company says that the new applications will organize their media collection in the same way that their iOS applications do, and that access to all their media will be "Faster and simpler".

The iTunes Store

It will remain the same as today, but it will no longer be part of iTunes, the application; now it will reside in the (improved) sidebar of the Apple Music application.

What good is the iTunes store if your music needs are met through an Apple Music subscription (optional), you may ask?

If you subscribe to Apple Music, it won't be very useful, and Apple will give you the option to hide it. Finally, if you are not familiar with Apple Music (or you cannot download it right now because it is in a country that is not yet supported), do not worry; Everyone is getting it with macOS Catalina.

As for Apple TV and Apple Books

Both applications will have a store similar to the iTunes Store, and there you will buy your movies, TV shows and books.

As for synchronization, Apple says that "all the ways" in which you currently manage devices in iTunes will appear in the Mac Finder application.

This should also make it easier to drag and drop files to and from your devices.