iTunes is dead. Long live iTunes. Yes, iTunes on the Mac is 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 for one thing. iTunes is not really dead. Yet.
Apple has somewhere around 1-billion iPhone users around planet earth. Compare that number to roughly 100-million Mac users. Until macOS Catalina shipped, Mac users were stuck with iTunes.
Those days are coming to a very, very, slow end. iTunes will be dead for the Mac in eight or 10 years, but iTunes for Windows is not dead. If you’re a Windows PC sufferer and you use iTunes to manage anything on your iPhone, then you’re basically still stuck with iTunes.
What we don’t know is how many Windows PC users still have iTunes.
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 back up 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.
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, most 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 for Windows will meet a similar fate.
Windows sufferers, indeed.