Mike Becky

macOS to Include Standalone Music, Podcasts, and Books Apps ➝

Guilherme Rambo, reporting for 9 to 5 Mac:

Fellow developer Steve Troughton-Smith recently expressed confidence about some evidence found indicating that Apple is working on new Music, Podcasts, and perhaps Books apps for macOS, to join the new TV app.

I’ve been able to independently confirm that this is true. On top of that, I’ve been able to confirm with sources familiar with the development of the next major version of macOS – likely 10.15 – that the system will include standalone Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, but it will also include a major redesign of the Books app. We also got an exclusive look at the icons for the new Podcasts and TV apps on macOS.

If I was still maintaining a collection of MP3 and AAC files in iTunes, I’d be a bit nervous about this news. Hopefully this new Music app will give you the ability to sync music files to your iOS devices, but if it doesn’t, anyone that still manages their music in this way will be forced to move to something else.

I’m just glad I decided to move to Plex a couple of years ago — long before the inevitability of iTunes felt like such a certainty.