iTunes has been around for the last 18 years, and Apple just announced Monday (June 3rd) they would be shutting down the digital media software. To replace it, Mac users will have three individual, dedicated apps for music, podcasts and TV, similar to the current iPhone setup.
Apple will transition its users over to the new apps in the fall, when the new iOS version is ready to installation. When the news was initially released, Apple users were upset and did not know the future of their music listening experience. Apple confirmed to CNBC that your iTunes content isn’t going to just disappear into the digital ether.
“Users will still have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD,” reads a press release.
According to CNBC – The company confirmed that when Mac users update their software, music currently in your library will transfer to the Apple Music app and TV and movie purchases will migrate to the Apple TV app. Mac users will be able to access the iTunes Music Store within the Music app, and buy movies and TV shows in the TV app. Windows users will see no change in their iTunes experience, and iTunes Store gift cards are still valid.
In order to keep your digital files forever, you can download them onto an external hard drive or upload them to a cloud service.