iTunes For Windows Is Here To Stay In Post iOS 13 And Catalina World
There was so much going on during the WWDC opening keynote this past Monday that it’s easy for some things to get lost in the rush. One thing that did capture plenty of attention was the announcement that macOS 10.15 Catalina will see the killing off of the iTunes app. Instead, the app’s features will be spun off into three apps; Apple TV, Music, and Podcasts. But that’s not the case on Windows.
Apple TV, Music, and Podcasts will house everything on the Mac with device syncing handled by the Finder.
But there was no mention of what would happen on Windows. Apple has since clarified things with Ars Technica, and it appears iTunes will live on over in PC land.
This means that if you’re a Windows user you will continue to use iTunes just as you always have. There hasn’t yet been any clarification what the situation will be with regards to updates, however. Will features that are added to the Mac Music, Apple TV, and Podcast apps find their way into iTunes on Windows? What about general bug fixes? Apple will presumably have to maintain iTunes for future iPad and iPhone releases at the very least.
If you’re using a Mac, you’ll find iTunes is removed from your computer when you upgrade to macOS 10.15 Catalina with Music, Apple TV, and Podcasts installed in its place.
Apple released the first developer beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina this week and initial reports are positive. We expect a public beta to arrive in due course (July), too.