Ahead of this year’s WWDC, reports circulated that Apple is planning on retiring iTunes and now, the company has unveiled three standalone apps to replace the old platform.
The revelation came earlier today during the WWDC in San Jose California as Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of software engineering unveiled macOS Catalina. The desktop operating system will see iTunes getting replaced with three standalone apps for music, podcast and television as rumored earlier.
According to the company, the standalone apps will replace iTunes in order to provide better user experience. Federighi said, “With macOS Catalina, we’re bringing fresh new apps to the Mac, starting with new standalone versions of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app. Users will appreciate how they can expand their workspace with Sidecar, enabling new ways of interacting with Mac apps using iPad and Apple Pencil. And with new developer technologies, users will see more great third-party apps arrive on the Mac this fall.”
This latest news however, shouldn’t come off as a surprise. Analysts have been claiming that the tech giant is ready to ditch the popular platform for last three years. Despite that, the company took three years to finally unveil the new products. Recently, figures revealed that the Apple’s music streaming platform had around 56 million users but download sales have gone down in recent years.