“With macOS Catalina, we’re bringing fresh new apps to the Mac, starting with new standalone versions of Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app,” says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. These new apps will be replacing iTunes, which has a lot of people worried about what will happen to their iTunes Library.
These fears are unfounded, though, as the move to the new apps will offer long-awaited improvements.
For starters, your music library will transition to the Apple Music app. Movies and TV shows will be in the new Apple TV app, while podcasts will be—you guessed it—in the Apple Podcasts app. When you’re ready to pick up new music, entertainment, or podcasts, you’ll still be able to use the iTunes store to make purchases. Audiobooks, however, will be purchased through the updated Apple Books app.
If you need to access your backups, you’ll need to look in Finder. The good news is that while nothing should be lost, everything will be moved to a central location, making organization a simpler affair.
Syncing your mobile devices will remain mostly the same as well, so no need to learn a new interface or new tricks. As for Windows users, Apple is promising that they will not see any changes, meaning that the new apps won’t be available. For now, it looks like Apple will continue to support iTunes on other platforms.