iTunes is dead. Long live iTunes. Yes, iTunes on the Mac will be buried with macOS Catalina, replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. iPhones and iPads can be synced in the Finder. Glory be! What a great day! Oh, except that iTunes is not really dead. Why not?
Apple has somewhere around 1-billion iPhone users around planet earth. Compare that number to roughly 100-million Mac users. What about those other 900-million iPhone customers? What do they use to sync their iPhones and manage playlists and so on?
iTunes for Windows is not dead. iTunes will be dead to me on the Mac when macOS Catalina arrives in the fall, but if you’re a Windows PC sufferer and you use iTunes to manage anything on your iPhone, then you’re basically SOL.
What we can be sure of is that iTunes for Windows will be deprecated. We can also be sure it will not die any time soon. Windows users can still backup iPhone and iPad as always, still sync content across their devices, and still complain about it the way Mac users have for years.
Windows users can complain about iTunes for a few more years.
All 900-million of them.
So, is iTunes really dead? It’s dead to me. Goodbye. Good riddance. We hardly knew ye. Well, is iTunes really dead or not? No. Unfortunately, about 90-percent of iTunes users are stuck with the same old same old on their Windows PCs and Apple has not said a word about when the much maligned media mall will meet a similar fate.
Windows sufferers, indeed.