Now that macOS Catalina is here, you’ll notice that the iTunes app (not the iTunes Store) is gone. It’s been broken up into Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, similar to the arrangement in iOS and iPadOS.
The new Music app offers access to your entire music library, whether you downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD. For those who like to own their music (like me), the iTunes Music Store is still around.
The Apple Podcasts app offers more than 700,000 shows in its catalog and the option to automatically be notified of new episodes as soon as they become available. The app also features new categories, curated collections by editors around the world and advanced search tools that can find episodes by host, guest or even discussion topic.
The Apple TV app features Apple TV channels, personalized recommendations and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows to browse, buy or rent — so users can enjoy 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos-supported movies. The Watch Now section features Up Next, where viewers can keep track of what they are currently watching and resume on any screen. This fall, Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will be available in the Apple TV app.
Along with the break-up, there’ll be some changes to your various media libraries. Any music that you’ve imported or purchased will be in the new Apple Music app. Music playlists and smart playlists that you’ve created in iTunes will be in the new Apple Music app. iTunes Gift Cards and iTunes credits will be maintained and can be used with the new apps and the App Store.
Movies and TV shows that you purchased or rented from iTunes will be in the new Apple TV app. You’ll use the Apple TV app for Mac for future movie and TV purchases or rentals.
Podcasts that you subscribed to or added to iTunes will now be in the new Apple Podcasts app.
Audiobooks that you purchased from iTunes will now be in the updated Apple Books app. And you should use the Apple Books app for Mac for future audiobook purchases.
What’s more, You’ll no longer use iTunes to back-up, restore and sync with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod. That functionality will move to the Finder.
With all these changes, Apple recommends you consolidate your iTunes library before upgrading to macOS Catalina to ensure that files won’t be lost in the transition. Here’s how:
- Open iTunes.
- From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose File > Library > Organize Library.
- Select “Consolidate files.”
When you consolidate, copies of any files that were outside of your iTunes Media folder are added to your iTunes Media folder. To save space on your hard drive, you might want to delete the original files after you make sure that the copies are in your iTunes Media Folder.
Correction 10/22/19: There was an error in step one of consolidating your iTunes library. It said, “Open Apple Music” instead of iTunes. Thanks to Bruce for pointing this out!