Apple is killing its most-hated app, iTunes. Here's how it went from a popular music player to an outdated relic.
- Apple eliminated the iTunes app on the new version of Mac software, macOS Catalina, which was released on Monday.
- Steve Jobs introduced iTunes in 2001 and launched the iTunes Music Store in 2003.
- iTunes changed the way people buy and consume media, but also spurred hatred and complaints over the years.
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Apple's iTunes, the media library introduced to the world in 2001, is officially on its way out.
At the June WWDC, Apple announced that it was getting rid of iTunes on Macs, which it had already done on the iPhone. As macOS Catalina rolls out beginning this week, iTunes will be replaced by three separate apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV.
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced iTunes at the January 2001 Macworld Expo calling it "the world's best and easiest to use jukebox software." In 2003, iTunes 4 introduced the iTunes Music Store, on its way to Jobs' vision of a digital hub where all your media would be stored.
iTunes changed the way people bought and listened to music, but it also became a source of frustration for users. Publications featured stories about why people hate iTunes and why you should ditch iTunes, and many complained online.
Here is the history of iTunes, from its groundbreaking inception to its hated later years, and the final goodbye.