Apple is finally shutting down iTunes after almost 18 years at WWDC

iTunes was launched in 2003

by Hermeen Shahid

Apple is finally shutting down iTunes after almost 18 years at WWDC 2019. iTunes was launched in 2003.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event. (Source: Getty Images)

Apple will be announcing the end of iTunes during the WWDC, according to Bloomberg. The Worldwide Developers Conference will take place in San Jose, California.

iTunes has been used by Apple consumers for downloading media such as music, movies, and TV. The company has now separated these types of media into 3 different apps: Music, TV, and Podcasts. This has already been done for iPads and iPhones.

CUPERTINO, CA – SEPTEMBER 12: An attendee looks at a new iPhone X during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017, in Cupertino, California. Apple held its first special event at the new Apple Park campus where they announced the new iPhone 8, iPhone X and the Apple Watch Series 3. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Steve Jobs and iTunes

A Bloomberg report also stated that the new apps will still have some features of iTunes like phone syncing and purchasing songs. When iTunes was introduced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, it revolutionized the world of music. Jobs said, “It’s like offering a glass of ice water to somebody in hell.”

Jobs told Billboard, “The record companies are in a difficult situation because people want to buy their music online, but there’s no real way to do it, so they steal it. The users are in a bad situation because most of them don’t want to steal music online, but there’s no other way to get it that’s any good.” iTunes was supposed to be “a middle way, a middle path out of this.”

Customers and journalists outside the Apple Store for Apple’s New iPhone X in California’s Palo Alto, United States. (Source: Getty Images).

Representatives of Apple have not yet commented on iTunes being shut down.



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