Resistance is Futile: iTunes to be Assimilated by Apple Music

Mueller's Twin Grannies

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Didn't see a thread on this, but it seemed newsworthy:

After a couple decades of being one of the bigger music apps out there, Apple announced that it's ending iTunes imminently and converting it over to Apple Music. On the surface, it's a pretty simple transition. But for those of us who had iPods or played music over our laptops or home computers, this is probably how a lot of people felt when Jefferson Airplane became Jefferson Starship. Or something.

Here's an "obit" from NYT.
 

nighthob

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I’ll be interested in seeing the new Apple Music app for OSX. I have a lot of songs not available via streaming services in my local library (Duke & the Drivers, etc.), so my playlists have always mixed streaming and local content. Hopefully they improve the current iOS music app in the bargain.
 

Rovin Romine

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Right now, I-Tunes does everything I want, which is organizing and playing my songs without much fuss. I suspect whatever is added will be bloated glittery pointlessness that tries to sell me stuff.
 

soxhop411

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Guys. The “iTunes Store” is still in the music app and you can still have a local playlist.


All apple is doing is splitting iTunes into 3 apps and making iTunes what it once was (a music player only) before it became bloated with useless junk.

If you have a Mac you now sync/backup your phone within a finder window instead of iTunes.
 

Mueller's Twin Grannies

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Does Apple still offer the iTunes U? I always felt like that was such a cool thing that literally nobody ever talked about and a lot of people didn't even know existed when I told them about it.
 
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It seems like the new Music app will essentially be Itunes, without everything they added after the introduction of the iPhone.

That's great for me, because I had a lot of music from the days of CDs (all now in the attic), supplemented by iTunes purchases from time to time. 99% of my listening is in the car, and I like to just plug in an iPod and leave it there. I make "smart" playlists that remove tracks once they've been played to much, so that everything plays at least once, which takes a few months of actual time to do. I'm not really a fan of streaming, or of using storage space on my phone for music. I do use my phone for podcasts. I subscribe to Spotify, and use it in a pinch, but really prefer the things that I bought over time.

When my old iPod Classic finally popped its clogs, I replaced it with a new one, but I'm really considering just converting everything to mp3 and getting a cheap mp3 player to keep plugged into the car.

If the new Music app is crummy, then I likely will do so.