Apple rumored to split up iTunes in forthcoming MacOS release
We may finally get the separate music, podcast and video apps that we deserve.
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Evidence uncovered by two veteran programmers indicates that
may debut new dedicated apps for music, podcasts and TV shows in a forthcoming version of
. According to the reports, Apple will continue to keep the
app around, however, as it remains its only way of syncing data between older iPods and
Steve Troughton-Smith, who has accurately predicted previously unannounced Apple hardware and software releases, tweeted that the company is planning to break up iTunes into a handful of content-specific apps.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Developer Guilherme Rambo, writing for 9to5Mac, backs up Troughton-Smith's account. He adds that the new standalone apps for music, podcasts and TV will debut in MacOS 10.15, the presumed successor to the current release. Rambo also says that Apple has redesigned the Books app, which will feature dedicated Library, Book Store and Audiobook Store tabs.