Apple Music (software)
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Music (officially named Apple Music and alternatively called the Music app) is a media player software developed by Apple Inc. for the macOS operating system. It was announced on June 3, 2019, as one of three applications created to replace iTunes upon the release of macOS Catalina in fall 2019. The Music app is differentiated from iTunes by its concentration on streaming media and lesser focus on the iTunes Store, where content may be purchased outright.
Apple launched the iTunes software on January 9, 2001, and opened the iTunes Music Store (later the iTunes Store) on April 28, 2003. Video support within the program was enabled in May 2005; podcast and books support followed in June 2005 and January 2010, respectively. iTunes was required for iPhone activation until iOS 5 in October 2011. By the 2010s, the application had been criticized for software bloat with features that extended well beyond the original scope of music.
On May 31, 2019, Bloomberg News reported that Apple would announce the replacement of iTunes with three applications during the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 3. It was confirmed at the conference that with the release of macOS Catalina, the all-encompassing iTunes would be replaced with the specific Music, Podcasts, and TV applications in fall 2019.
The Music app will be included with macOS Catalina upon release; previous iTunes versions designed for older macOS versions and Microsoft Windows will remain unaffected. The iTunes Store will be accessible through the Music app, compared to the standalone app that is featured on iOS.
The subscription-based Apple Music streaming service was announced by the company on June 8, 2015, and launched on June 30. It was first made accessible to macOS (then OS X) through iTunes 12.2. Apple Music is heavily integrated into the Music app, comparable to the iTunes Store being the digital marketplace driving the iTunes software.
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Presenting Apple Music on Mac – the new Music app is the ultimate music streaming experience on Mac.
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