Some have been waiting this year for this moment, the day Apple killed its iTunes media app for macOS and divided the troublesome tool into individual pieces, each dedicated to a specific purpose. With theupdate, iTunes singers get their wish, because with the new update to MacOS, Apple teases iTunes and replaces it with new Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Books and Apple Podcast apps. (Here's the difference between them all.)
Over the years, Apple handed over more and more responsibilities to the MacOS version of iTunes until the app seemed to be responsible for all of your MacOS entertainment needs. Mac users will receive much better service in Catalina, which uses the iOS method to allow multiple apps to handle individual tasks.
Although Apple has split iTunes into three apps, the transition to Catalina need not be jarring. Here's what you need to know about releasing iTunes in MacOS Catalina.
Get started with the new Apple Music app
Apple made it easy to move from iTunes to its new music service in Catalina. For example, music purchased through iTunes or imported from elsewhere will be available in the new Apple Music app.
Similarly, music playlists that you created in iTunes will already be displayed in the new app – you don't need to upload anything. iTunes gift cards and credit will still work, and you will still be buying music through the iTunes Store. Here's how to configure and start listening to music.
first In the Dock, press the Music app to open it.
2. Use your Apple ID and password when prompted to log in to the iTunes Store.
3. Click Get started listening to the button, and the Music app pulls in your iTunes playlists – both the ones you've built and the smart iTunes you've created for you.
4. If none of your music shows up and you sync your music library with Apple Music or iTunes Match, press the View All Music button at the top of the Music app. You can also select the option All Music in the menu View to see all your songs.
Use iTunes Store
While music is new, the iTunes Store is about the same.
1. In the Music app, on the left of the music bar and press iTunes Store .
2. Apple's music store should look familiar to you, with new music running down the middle of the app's window, diagrams to the right, and music that may interest you near the bottom.
Register for Apple Music
If you are interested, you can also sign up for Apple Music – Apple's similarly named music streaming service.
first In the left sidebar, up near the top, press For You to check out Apple Music, which lets you stream songs, listen to curated playlists, and tune in to radio stations.
2. Press Try it now to start a free three-month trial. After the trial, Apple Music is $ 9.99 / £ 9.99 / AU $ 11.99 per month. Once you have registered, you set a calendar reminder so that you are not charged after 90 days if you decide to back out.
If you are looking for movies and TV shows you used to keep in iTunes before Catalina, you can now find the Apple TV app. Audiobooks are in the Apple Books app and podcasts are in the Apple Books app. For more on Catalina, here is.
Originally published earlier this week.