The Mac’s Finder. Other than the much beloved Path Finder Finder replacement, the Finder is not likely to go away soon. How else would you find files? The other app we Mac360 folk love to hate is iTunes. The end is near. Again.
One Becomes Four
Word on the interwebs streets says iTunes for Mac will go away; at least, go away in its current form which is more Medial Mall or Content Store than a simple way to manage music. I remember iTunes from the early days of Rip. Mix. Burn. about 18 or so years ago. iTunes in the early days was an MP3 music manager that was so good that Apple just kept adding new features and functions until it became a digital behemoth that Mac folk loved to hate.
What happened? What’s going to happen?
First, iTunes gained weight and became a conglomerate of media options which made navigation complicated and usage complex. Look at iTunes today. Music, yes. But also Movies, TV shows, Podcasts, and Audiobooks; each with its own unique interface and options to manage content as well as buy content. Worse, iTunes became the place to backup iPhone and iPad.
Speaking of iOS, iTunes Thinks Different on iPhone and iPad and that example sets the stage for iTunes future on the Mac (and Windows). For iOS, there’s iTunes Store where you buy movies and TV shows. There’s the Music app where you manage your playlists and songs and listen to internet radio. Apple Music subscribers love Music because it makes it simple to add songs to a playlist.
Finally, Podcasts is a standalone app that does for iPhone and iPad what iTunes does on the Mac. Audiobooks has been rolled into the Books app on iOS
Second, what can we expect of iTunes future? The basics are obvious. A standalone Music app to collects songs and manage playlists. A standalone Podcast application to collect Podcast subscriptions and manage the details. An updated version of Books to handle audiobooks.
What of the Mac iTunes app itself? It’s back to the future for iTunes.
What I expect to see is a more iOS-like music app for Mac and Windows. Let’s call it, uh, um, well– Music. Just like iTunes used to be back in the day.
Music, Books, Podcasts, and iTunes Store. Four new or updated Mac applications to replace the aging iTunes.
It could be anytime soon, but it’s also likely Apple will drop the bomb as part of the keynote presentation at the company’s WWDC event in early June.
What about iPhone and iPad backups which utilize iTunes now? I expect to see a new backup option for iCloud instead; one which brings into iCloud some of the features in iTunes’ backup features.