June 1, 2019
Apple is planning to unveil new apps and the roadmap to end iTunes June 3 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., according to a report from Bloomberg.
Three new apps for Mac will be introduced — Music, TV and Podcasts — to match the format already employed on iPhones and iPads, according to the report from Mark Gurman.
Since its beginning with music, iTunes has branched into video and podcasts, prompting some to call it unwieldy.
Apple also is planning a new streaming service Apple TV+, announced March 25, with the backing of big Hollywood names. The service is scheduled to debut this fall. No pricing has yet been announced.
Business Insider reported that Facebook and Instagram pages for iTunes were scrubbed on Saturday, citing a Mac Rumors report that said the content was scrubbed over the last 48 hours “since cached versions of the accounts still show posts, photos, and videos as of May 31. Content from the iTunes Facebook and Instagram pages have been moved over to newer pages for Apple TV.”
The apparent death of iTunes, however, doesn’t mean Apple is no longer selling or renting movies digitally. In the Apple TV app, users can buy or rent movies, buy episodes or seasons of TV shows, and subscribe to Apple TV channels to stream or download movies or TV shows.