Farewell then, iTunes

Last Monday, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the company’s head of software engineering, Craig Federighi, announced that it was terminating iTunes. In one way, the only surprising thing was that Apple had taken so long to reach that decision. It’s been obvious for years that iTunes had become baroquely bloated, a striking anomaly for a company that prides itself on elegant and functional design. So the decision to split the software into three functional units – dealing with music, podcasts and TV apps – seemed both logical and long overdue. But for internet users d’un certain âge (including this columnist) the announcement triggered reflections on personal and tech history… More here.

I would say I was sad to see iTunes go, but I have moved on. I suspect that too many others have as well, hence why we no longer need it.

I use Apple Music for, well, music and Netflix and Amazon Prime for films and TV. The Apple TV experience is so bad that iTunes for rentals and purchases does not even figure in my options anymore.

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2 replies

  1. Yeah, I don’t mind iTunes per se — except, man why is Apple so crap at search? iTunes music search is very hit or miss, as is the “Settings” search on iPhones…

    My main concern is that they treat legacy stuff like smart playlists and transferring static libraries from one computer to another well. (Actually, last I checked that transfer was a bit garbage, dump the itunes library as old school XML and reimport) As well as still having a good story for local, non-cloud backup.

  2. iTunes became big and over-featured and not unexpectedly buggy or glitchy. When they split off books, they still used iTunes to sync to iPhones and iPads and it was a terrible user experience. Inconsistent and prone to removing your books from your device. It’s easier to copy books over directly. And I use iMazing for backups although there are lots of other options. I’m not sorry to see it go.

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