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by John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.

Apple Sorta Kills iTunes

June 4, 2019

At the annual developer conference, Apple has finally announced it will be “retiring” iTunes. Most of us involved in the technology world cheered the announcement. After all, iTunes is one of the worst, most bloated piece of software I have seen in the past four decades. Apparently, Apple is finally waking up. BGR has a bunch of the details, but essentially, Apple will split up the functions of iTunes into separate dedicated applications for Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts. The three dedicated apps will be called Music, Podcasts and TV. How clever.

Windows users will have a better option than a Mac user. iTunes will continue to exist for Windows users, which means they maintain one of the best features of the software such as local device backup. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve ended up with a bricked iPad while trying to complete an iOS update. The local backup provided an easy recovery path, although it sucks a tremendous amount of unnecessary time. It sounds like Mac users are stuck with the iCloud backup.

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