Apple Music (software)

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ITunes 12.2 logo.png
Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Operating systemmacOS (Catalina or later)

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.[1] 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.[2] 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,[3] and opened the iTunes Music Store (later the iTunes Store) on April 28, 2003.[4] 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.[5] By the 2010s, the application had been criticized for software bloat with features that extended well beyond the original scope of music.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Platform availability[edit]

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.[9]

Media management[edit]

Apple describes the Music app as a "music streaming experience,"[1] whereas the company described iTunes as a digital library and online music store.[10]

Music streaming[edit]

The subscription-based Apple Music streaming service was announced by the company on June 8, 2015, and launched on June 30.[11] It was first made accessible to macOS (then OS X) through iTunes 12.2.[12] Apple Music is heavily integrated into the Music app, comparable to the iTunes Store being the digital marketplace driving the iTunes software.[13]


  1. ^ a b "macOS Catalina – Apple". Apple Inc. June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 3, 2019. Presenting Apple Music on Mac – the new Music app is the ultimate music streaming experience on Mac.
  2. ^ Chen, Brian X.; Nicas, Jick (June 3, 2019). "Apple's WWDC Highlights: Death of iTunes and $6,000 Macs". The New York Times. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Apple Introduces iTunes – World's Best and Easiest To Use Jukebox Software". Apple Inc. January 9, 2001. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Apple Launches the iTunes Music Store". Apple Inc. April 28, 2003. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Porter, Jon (June 3, 2019). "The rise and fall of iTunes, Apple's most hated app". The Verge. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (November 29, 2012). "Won't Someone Take iTunes Out Back and Shoot It?". Slate. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Gurman, Mark (May 31, 2019). "Apple Plans End of iTunes, to Reveal Glimpses of Its Next Era of Apps and Devices". Bloomberg News. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  8. ^ Murphy Kelly, Samantha (June 3, 2019). "RIP iTunes as we know it. Apple breaks up iconic music platform". CNN. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Spangler, Todd (June 3, 2019). "Apple's iTunes Store, iTunes App for Windows Aren't Going Away". Variety. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "iTunes – Apple". Apple Inc. Retrieved June 3, 2019. iTunes is the best way to organize and enjoy the music, movies, and TV shows you already have – and shop for the ones you want.
  11. ^ "Introducing Apple Music – All The Ways You Love Music. All in One Place". Apple Inc. June 8, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  12. ^ Hall, Zac (June 30, 2015). "Apple releases iTunes 12.2 update with Apple Music + Beats 1 support". 9to5Mac. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  13. ^ Flanagan, Andrew; Garsd, Jasmine (June 3, 2019). "iTunes' Death Is All About How We Listen To Music Today". NPR. Retrieved June 4, 2019.