An End Of An Era: Apple Says Goodbye To iTunes

Published on October 8, 2019

It’s hard to believe that Apple launched iTunes 16 years ago just two years after the first iPod. Things have definitely changed and we have to officially bid farewell to the app that allowed consumers to buy their favorite albums or single. The change comes as streaming companies find ways to offer content for cord-cutters. Mac OS X Catalina is the latest version of Apple’s operating system that is now available to download from the App Store. 

Catalina Key Features

With Catalina, Apple offers three separate apps to fit the consumer’s needs. For music, Apple music offers its player with a store and ability to organize playlists, albums, etc. Apple TV is for consumer needs such as subscription apps, movies bought or rented, and access to Apple TV Plus– a new service that will debut Nov. 1. To sweeten the deal, the first year is free for anyone purchasing a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV or even iPod. Lastly, for consumers that use Apple Podcasts to listen to their favorite shows, nothing has changed. The most notable feature with Catalina is everything is synced through iCloud, so no need to fret about iTunes keeping all your devices up to date.

What About iPad Apps?

Apple allows the MacOS to all iPad developers through Catalyst, a tool that helps software makers to build applications compatible with both iPad and macOS devices without the headache. Mac users will have more access to more apps. Speaking of iPad, Apple Sidecar is a feature compatible with Catalina allowing MacOS users to use an iPad as a second display for your Mac or as an Apple Pencil-equipped tablet for controlling your Mac. This feature will work very well for those that travel often

Gaming with Apple

Apple Arcade is a subscription-based platform for gamers and is it’s own tab in Catalina offers over 100 new and exclusive games that Apple works with game creators to create. Apple has said Arcade players will be able to download and play games offline and is not available on other services. The good thing, however, is the subscription service will be available across Apple devices and will be compatible with PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers and Microsoft Xbox One S to create more varied gameplay.

How Accessible is Catalina?

Apple says it is expanding the accessibility control in Catalina most notably with Voice Control, consumers can take command of MacOS, iPadOS and iOS devices using their voice instead of with a mouse, trackpad or keyboard. For GenZers you can add custom words so Voice Control can recognize words you commonly use. For consumers worried about privacy, The built-in assistive technology uses Siri’s speech recognition engine to only process the audio on your device, keeping everything off Apple’s servers to guard your privacy.

In addition to all of the changes the new operating system brings, Catalina is bringing major improvements to older applications such as Photos, Notes, Reminders, Safari, and so much more. If you are ready to go with Apple into the future, you can download macOS Catalina now

Jennifer Matthews is an Editor-at-Large at Grit Daily. Based in New York and formerly a producer at CNN, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Recording Academy, Women in Music, and an ASCAP Affiliate. A media pro and producer of content, she mentors and advocates for diversity and is a regular on the events coverage beat for Grit Daily.

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