End Of An Era: Apple Is Scrapping iTunes

FILE - In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook responds to a question during a news conference at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York. CEOs of major companies are taking stands about the results of the November 2016 U.S. election, a departure from the traditional model of not mixing politics with business that the major brands have long espoused. Cook is telling his employees to “keep moving forward.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Seton Motley | Red State | RedState.com

Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to announce some big changes for the tech company at an upcoming software development conference in San Jose, CA.

Bloomberg reports that Apple intends to streamline their app service by making new tools available to developers in order to easily develop apps across the platforms rather than platform by platform.

Developers will get new tools to build iOS apps for Mac laptops and desktop computers, essentially unifying Apple’s app ecosystem. This follows last year’s rollout of iPad versions of Apple’s News, Voice Memos, Home, and Stocks apps on the Mac. The expectation is that single versions of all apps will eventually be able to run on every Apple device. As part of the shift, more underlying technologies will also merge.

iTunes has been the way Apple users listen to music, watch movies and TV shows, hear podcasts, and manage their devices for almost two decades. This year, Apple is finally ready to move into a new era. The company is launching a trio of new apps for the Mac – Music, TV, and Podcasts – to replace iTunes. That matches Apple’s media app strategy on iPhones and iPads. Without iTunes, customers can manage their Apple gadgets through the Music app.
There will be other tweaks as well to things like health monitoring, most interestingly an app that monitors audial health – how loud headphones are and how much stress the sound is putting on the ears. Apple apparently will also be working on more “augmented reality” capabilities like 3D glasses and devices.