A popular question I’m getting right now: Is Apple really killing iTunes?
The short answer is yes, but the long answer is that its sort of complicated. iTunes will not ship on the next version of Apple’s desktop software, called macOS Catalina. In its place: Apple Music, TV App and Apple Podcasts. Plug-in syncing of the iPhone will be handled by Finder on the Mac.
On the Windows side, things are a bit more up in the air. It sounds like iTunes software will live on there, at least for now. My bet is that Apple will either do away with plug-in syncing on that platform altogether or come up with a separate helper app to sync iPhone.
As for your purchased movies, TV shows and music, they will all live on – just inside the new, separate apps. Even your ripped music will be available in the new Apple Music app on Mac. According to Apple:
And users will have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD. For those who like to own their music, the iTunes Music Store is just a click away.
Expect to be sold pretty hard on a new Apple Music subscription since that’s where things are these days.
iTunes gift cards will still perform as advertised.