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https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/apple-is-finally-killing-itunes-842750/

 

Apple Is Finally Killing iTunes

 

Farewell to a clunky but world-shattering icon

By 
AMY X. WANG
Amy X. Wang

 

 

 

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STEVE JOBS, CEO OF APPLEAPPLE LAUNCHING ITUNES ONLINE MUSIC STORE IN THE UK, FRANCE AND GERMANY, OLD BILLINGSGATE FISH MARKET, LONDON, BRITAIN - 15 JUN 2004

Steve Jobs presents the iTunes Music Store in 2004.

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It’s the end of a music era. Nearly two decades after launching iTunes and ripping up the retail-store model of album purchases, Appleis ready to retire the iconic product, according to Bloomberg. During the software keynote at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California next Monday, the tech giant is set to replace iTunes with standalone music, television and podcast apps.

The move, which has been rumored for years now, will align Apple’s media strategy across the board: iPhones and iPads already offer separate Music, TV and Podcast apps in lieu of the centralized iTunes app that lives on Macs and Macbooks. Users can expect the new Music app to offer some of the same functionalities that iTunes currently does — such as purchasing songs and syncing phones — just with a sleeker interface that’s free of the outdated and oft-bemoaned features of the heritage product, and more closely bundled with streaming service Apple Music.

 

 

But the scrapping of iTunes’ brand symbolizes a lot, too. By portioning out its music, television and podcast offerings into three separate platforms, Apple will pointedly draw attention to itself as a multifaceted entertainment services provider, no longer as a hardware company that happens to sell entertainment through one of its many apps. That’s crucial for Apple’s future, as the company combats sluggish phone sales with aggressive growth in its services division. At WWDC this year, according to various reports, Apple is planning to buff up other apps including Books, Messages and Mail; it also announced ambitious plans for original video programming featuring the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell just a few months ago, in another bid to grow its content presence in entertainment industries.

Welcome as the death of iTunes may be to frustrated users, the software will forever deserve credit for the revolution it engineered in the early 2000s. Before iTunes debuted, the music industry was tearing its hair out trying to combat illegal file-sharing on Napster; Jobs’ new product presented the digital era’s first sustainable, user-friendly way to listen to music. Other firms like Sony and Microsoft had toyed with the idea of digital record stores, yet they “were technology companies that knew how to build disc players and hardware, but they weren’t companies that had demonstrated Apple’s sophistication with regard to software,” Warner Music’s vice president Paul Vidich recalled to Rolling Stone in 2013, on the iTunes Store’s 10th anniversary. “It really took a company that was able to bridge those two things and come up with an attractive consumer product.”

Pretty shocking but it has been around for awhile so it is time for something new. 

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15 minutes ago, Fanuck said:

Don't care. 

Never used the service.

Don't own a single Apple product, likely never will. 

Amen, me too.

 

9 minutes ago, falcon45ca said:

I own a couple Royal Galas, and a Red Delicious...

Haha, haven't even eaten apple in 30 years as well.  THAT'S HOW MUCH I DESPISE THE BRAND

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49 minutes ago, falcon45ca said:

But I live in SK:(

These places, in Saskatoon have new records as well as old stuff- if they are still open?

http://thevinylexchange.com/staffpicks.htm

 

Vinyl Diner CD's & Records
 
  • Address: 628B Broadway Ave, Saskatoon SK S7N 1A9
  • Phone: 306-244-7640

 

I don't know if the next two have new stuff or not.

Tramp's
 
  • Address: 244-1st Ave N, Saskatoon SK S7K 1X1
  • Phone: 306-652-7175
Phonographique Enterprises
 
  • Address: 226 Pacific Ave, Saskatchewan SK S7K
  • Phone: 306-653-0800
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Oh I was joking, I meant resurrection on a more global scale.

 

Tramps is closed, but I shop & sell at Vinyl Ex all the time.

 

Vinyl Diner I live 2 blocks away, but I do prefer Vinyl Ex....

 

 

 

 

 

Even tho I buy CD's

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I’ve disliked iTunes ever since Apple changed the format without a choice 4-5 years ago and erased mine and everyone else’s playlists and had to reload the music library. Never was interested at wasting my time having to recreate all those playlists again. Then when speaking with Apple about it, there was never a real reason why it happened. 

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Just now, EP Phone Home said:

I’ve disliked iTunes ever since Apple nuked the format 4-5 years ago and erased mine and everyone else’s playlists and had to reload the music library. Never was interested at wasting my time having to recreate all those playlists again. Then when speaking with Apple about it, there was never a real reason why it happened. 

They are truly a crap company that push through changes without any consultation.

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