Apple announces death of iTunes

Closure of iTunes among a number of announcements at Apple's annual developer conference in San Jose


Apple has confirmed that it will be closing its flagship music app iTunes during its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) conference in San Jose.

iTunes was launched as a media player, library and online store back in 2001 and was hugely popular during its heyday. The service will be replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV as part of the next version of macOS which will be called Catalina and released later this year.

Apple made the announcement at its annual developer conference which is currently underway and will run until the end of the week at San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Speaking at WWPC, Craig Federighi, senior vice-president of software engineering at Apple, said: "The future of iTunes is not one app, but three."

The tech giant also announced a raft of new privacy measures at the conference, including a new sign-in which will offer an alternative to logging into apps using social media accounts, thereby hiding users' email addresses and data.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has also used his platform during day one of the event to unveil the Mac Pro, Apple's most expensive computer to date, as well as the next versions of iOS, iPad OS and watchOS.

According to Apple, iOS 13 will make apps launch up to twice as fast by reducing app sizes by 50% and app updates by 60%.

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