Apple revealed at WWDC 2019 that they would be replacing iTunes on the Mac with three new apps, Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts. The company will continue to offer iTunes on Windows and there will be no changes on those platforms.
Apple has now released some guidelines on the changes coming to your previous iTunes content when macOS Catalina is released. Basically you will still have access to all of the same content, it will be available in the three new apps.
Here are the guidelines from Apple:
- Music that you’ve imported or purchased will be in the new Apple Music app.
- Music playlists and smart playlists that you’ve created in iTunes will be in the new Apple Music app.
- The iTunes Store will still be available to buy music on Mac, iOS, PC, and Apple TV.
- iTunes Gift Cards and iTunes credits will be maintained and can be used with the new apps and the App Store.
- iPhone, iPad, and iPod backup, restore, and syncing will move to Finder.
- Movies and TV shows that you purchased or rented from iTunes will be in the new Apple TV app.
- Use the Apple TV app for Mac for future movie and TV purchases or rentals.
- Podcasts that you subscribed to or added to iTunes will now be in the new Apple Podcasts app.
- Audiobooks that you purchased from iTunes will now be in the updated Apple Books app.
- Use the Apple Books app for Mac for future audiobook purchases.
These changes will be coming to the Mac when Apple releases macOS Catalina later this year. We do not have a release date for the software as yet, all we know it is coming this fall so probably some time in September or October.